Place:Hinders Lane and Dockham, Gloucestershire, England

NameHinders Lane and Dockham
TypeExtra parochial area, Civil parish
Coordinates51.8219°N 2.49°W
Located inGloucestershire, England     (1869 - 1884)
See alsoSt. Briavels Hundred, Gloucestershire, Englandhundred in which the area was located
Cinderford, Gloucestershire, Englandparish to which it was informally attached until 1869
East Dean, Gloucestershire, Englandparish into which the area was absorbed in 1884
Forest of Dean District, Gloucestershire, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area since 1974

A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Hinders Lane from John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles of 1887:

"Hinders Lane and Dockham, par., W. Gloucestershire, near Westbury-on-Severn, 8 ac., pop. 280."

Late in the 18th century it was an extraparochial area on Littledean Hill in Cinderford but population increased as more coal mines were sunk and the area became the parish of Hinder's Lane and Dockham in 1869. Hinder's Lane and Dockham parish was abolished in 1884 and the area was absorbed into the parish of East Dean. In 1957 East Dean parish was abolished and this section appears to have been absorbed into Cinderford parish.

The section Forest of Dean: Settlement from the Victoria County History of Gloucestershire found in the website British History Online mentions Hinders Lane and Dockham three times. There is a map in the chapter titled "Cinderford and Ruspidge" which locates Hinders Lane and Dockham. Comparing this map with Google Earth (which does not label the former parish), one is able to pinpoint the location of Hinders Lane and Dockham to the co-ordinates given above. This is a crossroads on the eastern side of Cinderford.

Registration Districts

Westbury-on-Severn (1837 - 1884)
Westbury-on-Severn (1884 - 1937) (as part of East Dean parish)
Forest of Dean (1937 - 1953) (as East Dean parish)
Forest of Dean (1937 - 1953) (as Cinderford parish)
Gloucestershire (2006 - ) (as Cinderford parish)

Research Tips

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.
  • 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