Mitcheldean

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Mitcheldean is a small town in the east of the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, England.

Mitcheldean was a thriving community for many centuries due to the town’s proximity to iron ore deposits. During the 19th century, the town grew due to revenues produced by the local brewing industry, while in the 20th century the town grew further due to the Rank Xerox photocopier factory. Although this industry significantly declined during the latter half of the 20th century, much of the former Rank Xerox site (now Vantage Point Business Village) is now occupied by small businesses, new manufacturing and distribution businesses.

There are several shops in the centre of the town, including a post office, a new larger Co-operative store, a butcher, a greengrocer, a hairdresser, a pharmacy, a florist and several fast food outlets serving Chinese food, fish and chips, and pizza. There are also a library, a surgery, a town hall and three pubs, although the George inn is currently closed.

Mitcheldean’s wealthy tradition is evident in some of its buildings in the town centre, particularly the church of St. Michael.

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