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Drybrook, Gloucestershire.

Burgums and Burghams of the "LL" and "MM" family tree lived here, or nearby.

DRYBROOK, is situated just north of Cinderford, in the Forest of Dean It has a population of about 3000. Just to the north is Puddlebrook, to the west is Ruardean Hill. Nailbridge and Steam Mills lie to the south between Drybrook and Cinderford, while Plump Hill and Mitcheldean lie to the east.

The village originally grew where a route from Mitcheldean to Ruardean passed by at Morse Lane. Two farmsteads were built in the area that later became known as Drybrook Farm and the Morse. (later Mannings Farm). Between 1782 and 1832 the number of cottages in the area grew from 12 to 38. In the late 1800's two new roads became a crossroads creating a focal point for the village to grow and several inns annd shops grew up there. The Hearts of Oak (previously the New Inn) had been built as a beer house in Drybrook in 1838.

Industries, largely extractive, such as stone quarrying, coal-mining and iron mining grew up around Drybrook with mines such as Churchway and Trafalgar.

Samuel Burgham was living and working as a coal hewer at Churchway in 1901. He living with his wife and 8 children. The last born, Harriet, was born at Drybrook in 1897; (CS1901-10). By 1911 they were living at Puddlebrook, just to the north of Drybrook with three of the children (CS1911-51) "LL" family tree.

A passenger railway line was constructed on the west side of the village to Gloucester in 1907. The station was initially called Nelson Road, but was later changed to Drybrook Road. The village was significantly enlarged after the Second World War and a new parish was created in 1953 to include the surrounding hamlets.

The picture (right) shows the disused Severn and Wye Valley Railway, taken on the approach to Drybrook Road Station from the West. Click the picture for copyright; click back to return.

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