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Trip Planner Europe  /  UK  /  England  /  Gloucestershire  /  Forest of Dean  /  Newent

Newent

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Newent is a small market town and civil parish about 10.6mi north west of Gloucester in Gloucestershire, England. Its population at the 2001 census was 5,073, increasing to 5,207 at the 2011 census. There has been a settlement here since at least Roman times and the town first appeared in the Domesday Book. It was a Medieval market and fair town.EtymologyNoent, the original name for Newent, may mean "new place" in Celtic. It also may mean "new inn" to reference lodging for travellers to Wales, according to John Leland (c. 1503 – 1552). According to Leland, there was a house called "New Inn", later named The Boothall, that provided lodging along the road to Wales.GeographyNewent is on the northern edge of the Forest of Dean, and lying within the Forest of Dean District. It is southeast of the River Severn, which was connected to Gloucester in the late 18th century by the Herefordshire and Gloucestershire Canal, which was 34mile long.HistoryRomano-British periodA Roman road was constructed between Newent and Ariconium, near what is now Ross-on-Wye. Within 1.3km of Newent, there were several metal working sites used by the Romans. Aside from the metal working sites, evidence of Romano-British settlement was seen within that area and up to 56 sites within 10km of Newent. Archaeological evidence includes old Roman coins and pottery found near Newent, Roman coins and treasure found at Little Gorsley, and a settlement at Dymock.
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