BREAM is a village and tithing in the civil parish of Newland, and was formed into an ecclesiastical parish from the parish of Newland and West Dean township June 16th, 1854; it is one mile from Whitecroft station on the Severn and Wye and Severn Bridge railway, three-and-a-half north-west from Lydney station on the South Wales section of the Great Western railway, four-and-a-half south-east from Coleford and nine-south-east from Monmouth, in the Forest of Dean division of the county, petty sessional division of Coleford, hundred of St. Briavels, and union and county court district of Monmouth, rural deanery of South Forest, archdeaconry of Gloucester and diocese of Gloucester and Bristol. The church of St. James, partially rebuilt in 1861, chiefly at the cost of Miss Alice Davies, is a building of stone in the Decorated style, consisting of chancel, nave of four bays, north aisle, south porch and a western turret containing 1 bell: the east and west windows are stained; the latter was erected by the parishoners as a memorial to the Rev. J. F. Gosling, late vicar, and there is another in the chancel erected by his brothers: the communion plate includes a silver chalice and paten dated 1680, the gift of James Gough, gentleman: in 1891, the south porch was rebuilt, a new window inserted, a chancel aisle erected, the vestry enlarged, and the seats re-arranged, now affording sittings for 500 persons. The register, from the year 1680, is included in that of Newland, but there is a separate register from 1823. The living is a vicarage, gross yearly value £370, with residence, in the gift of the Bishop of Gloucester and Bristol, and held since 1882 by the Rev. Henry Edward Dandy M. A. of St. John's College, Cambridge. The vicarage house was built in 1861. There is a Mission church at Yorkley Wood, seating 120 persons. There are Bible Christian and Primitive Methodist chapels at Breams Eaves, and a Wesleyan chapel at Bream. The charities, amounting to £40 annually, are distributed to the poor. South of the village are some very interesting ancient Roman mines, called "Scowles," one part of which is known as the "Devil's Chapel." The manor belongs to the Crown. The Crown and Charles Bathurst esq., of Lydney Park are the principal landowners. The soil is light gravelly; subsoil, sandstone, limestone and iron ore. The land is chiefly pasture. The population in 1891 was 2,023.
Parish Clerk, Thomas Batten.
POST & M. O. O., S. B. & Annuity & Insurance Office - Richard Tilsley Heighway, sub-postmaster.
NATIONAL SCHOOL (mixed), built in 1862, and enlarged with new class room in 1893, for about 300 children; average attendance, mixed, 135; infants, 96; W. F. Mullan, master; Miss Durnell, infants' mistress; there is a residence for the master.
DANDY Rev. Hy. Edwd. M. A., Vicarage
HUGHES James, Breams Cross
JARRETT Edgar, Breams Eaves
PETERS George Fredk., Lydney road
REYNOLDS Arthur, Bream lodge
AMES James, blacksmith
BAKER William, beer retailer
BATTEN Albert John, grocer & draper
BATTEN Thomas, shoe maker
BENNETT Thomas, Cross Keys P. H.
BILLY Thomas, beer retailer
BREAM GROVE, IRON ORE CO.
BREAM SUPPLY STORES (Jarrett & Dykins, proprs.), Breams Eaves
CAMM William, grocer & draper
DOBBS John, carpenter, Breams Eaves
ELMORE Sarah (Mrs.), haulier
HEIGHWAY Richard Tilsley, grocer & draper, Post office
HEWLETT Annie (Miss), New inn
HOOPER James, fish & fruit dealer
HUGHES Jas., frmr, Bream Cross farm
HIRST Brothers, grocers & drapers, Breams Eaves
KEAR Hester (Mrs.), dress maker
LOGAN John Alexander, colliery proprietor, Langetts
MACFARLANE Frederick, grocer &c
MORSE Charles, builder & wheelwright
MORSE Thomas, Rising Sun P. H. & colliery proprietor
MUSGROVE Samuel, Oakwood Mill inn
OAKWOOD CHEMICAL WORKS (John Priest, manager)
OAKWOOD IRON CO. (David North, agt)
PAYNE James, shoe maker
PEARCE Eliza (Mrs.), iron founder, Oakwood foundry
PHILLIPS John, baker & grocer
SHINGLES John Robt., King's Head P. H.
SMITH Geo., stone mer., Breams Eaves
SMITH John, clothier
SMITH William, butcher, Breams Eaves
TAYLOR George, plasterer
TEAGUE Thomas, shoe maker, Breams Eaves
WATKINS Ellen (Mrs.), shopkeeper
WATKINS Frederick, lime burner
WATKINS Richard, iron ore proprietor
WILDIN Edward, farmer
WILDIN Elizabeth (Miss), dressmaker
WILDIN George Hathaway, butcher
WILDIN Samuel, farmer, Court farm
WILLIAMS Daniel, stone merchant
YARWORTH Harry, butcher