On a beautiful, sunny, winter day, a group of friends from both sides of the Atlantic were shown three interesting sites in the Forest of Dean.
They first visited Dark Hill and heard about the work of David and Robert Mushet, pioneers in metallurgy while walking around the remains of the furnace and brickworks. The infamous high-profile trial of Beatrice Pace was mentioned before they spotted the Dark Hill bear and inspected the entrance to Mushet’s coal level.
Next was a visit to Devil’s Chapel where the guide recited the poem of the same name written by Gloucestershire poet F. W. Harvey. ‘Back in the day’, Harvey presided over concerts in the woodland here given by the Whitecroft Male Voice Choir.
Then came a visit to Lydney Harbour with the unusual stone compass and slowly disappearing skeletons of beached barges on the riverside. There were great views up and down the Severn Estuary and towards the Cotswolds across the water. Finally came a visit to Taurus Crafts – close to the site of the Roman temple to the god Nodens on Lydney Park Estate.