Laying on the
western side of the Forest of Dean is Coleford. It is the
Forest's administrative centre for both local government and the
Forestry Commission. Within easy reach are our many popular
attractions and the Wye Valley, Symond's Yat, Ross-On-Wye,
Tintern and Monmouth are all within a ten mile radius. Here you
will discover some of the locations used for Starwars, Merlin,
Harry Potter and Dr Who when you visit Puzzlewood and Clearwell
around our town you will easily find the Great Western Railway
Museum, the King's Head public house - the scene of fighting
during the Battle of Coleford between the Cavaliers and
Roundheads in 1643, and the Angel where 19th century rioter
Warren James was taken in 1831, and mounted police
strike-breakers were billeted in the 1920s.
mural artist Tom Cousins, who already has his work displayed
around Coleford, was commissioned by the Town Council to create
a mural on a wall at Mushet Walk depicting David and Robert
Mushet the local ironmasters.
Forester Mushet (1811–1891) was a British metallurgist and
businessman, born on 8 April 1811, at Coleford. He was the
youngest son of Scottish parents, Agnes Wilson, formerly of the
Clyde, Alfreton and Whitecliff Ironworks.
David Mushet built the foundry at Darkhill. Robert Mushet spent
his formative years studying metallurgy with his father and took
over the management of Darkhill in 1845. In 1848 he moved to the
newly constructed Forest Steel Works on the edge of the Darkhill
site where he carried out over ten thousand experiments in ten
years before moving to the Titanic Steelworks in 1862.
In 1876 he
was awarded the Bessemer Gold Medal by the Iron and Steel
Institute, their highest award for developing an inexpensive way
to make high quality steel while perfecting the Bessemer Process
and inventing the first commercially produced steel alloy.
When Coleford had a railway station.