- source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
- source: Family History Library Catalog
- the text in this section is copied from an article in Wikipedia
Bream (historically known as Breem) is a village in the Forest of Dean, west Gloucestershire, England. The population was around 3,170 in the 2011 census.
A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Bream from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:
- "BREAM, or Breem, a tything in Newland parish, and a chapelry in Newland and West Dean parishes, Gloucester. The tything lies in Dean forest, 3 miles NW of Lydney [railway] station, and 3¾ SSE of Coleford. Population: 824. Houses: 154. The chapelry was constituted in 1854; and its Post Town is Lydney. Population: 2,083. Houses: 404. The property is much subdivided. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol. Value: £250. Patron: the Bishop. The church was partly rebuilt in 1861. There are two Methodist chapels. National schools were built in 1862."
Newland was a parish of numerous detached parts. Between 1883 and 1935 these were all absorbed into other parishes whose main settlement was geographically closer. Bream was one of the larger detached parts and was not transferred until 1935 when it became part of the parish of West Dean. (See Newland in British History Online for a detailed description.)
Monmouth (1837 - 1937) (as Newland)
Monmouth (1935 - 1937) (as West Dean)
Forest of Dean (1937 - 2006) (as West Dean)
Gloucestershire (2006 - ) (as West Dean)
Online sources which may also be helpful:
- Volume 5, Chapter 3 of the Victoria County History of Gloucestershire found in the website British History Online expands on the subjects of freemining and foresters throughout the Hundred of St Briavels. The chapter includes maps of the various communities and their relationships to one another. The article on Newland has references to Bream.
- GENUKI gives pointers to other archive sources as well as providing some details on each parish in the county. The emphasis here is on ecclesiastical parishes (useful before 1837)
- A listing of all the Registration Districts in England and Wales since their introduction in 1837 and tables of the parishes that were part of each district and the time period covered with detailed notes on changes of parish name, mergers, etc. Respect the copyright on this material.
- The FamilySearch Wiki for Gloucestershire provides a similar but not identical series of webpages to that provided by GENUKI
- A Vision of Britain through Time has a group of pages of statistical facts for almost every parish in the county