Commentary

24 Gloucestershire—free mining

MINES, MINERALS AND LANDFILL vol 26(3)
| Commentary

24 Gloucestershire—free mining

| Commentary

24 Gloucestershire—free mining

The district of Gloucestershire known as the Hundred of St. Briavels comprises the Forest of Dean and certain other districts. The surface together with the minerals (with the exclusion of coal) of a substantial part of this area is owned by the Crown, but this is subject to the rights of free miners under the customs. These ancient rights are now governed by statute1.

Free miners are defined as male persons over 21 born and living in the Hundred of St. Briavels who have worked for a year and a day in a coal or iron mine within

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