The Church of All Saints at Newland, traditionally and affectionately known as the 'Cathedral of the Forest', was begun in the early 1200s. The village of Newland did not exist before the clearing was made in the Forest and the church built.

King John appointed Robert of Wakering as first Rector in 1216. The original, probably rather small, building was expanded during the next 200 years to the size and shape of the present church. A major restoration in the 1860s widened the chancel arch and slightly raised the roof of the nave. 


Guided Tours

If your group or society would like to visit All Saints Church, Newland in the beautiful Forest of Dean, we can arrange for a guide to show you the points of interest and explain the historical background of the church.

We suggest a donation of £5 per person and would request a minimum number of 10 people visiting. 

We can include teas and delicious homemade cakes in the price.

For further details please contact Averil Kear on 01594 563165 or email:

All Saints Church, Newland.

Church Services

Services are held every second and fourth Sunday of the month at 9.30 am.
There are sometimes parish wide services at different churches on the 4th or 5th Sunday.
To check the details of these services, visit:


Friends of 'The Cathedral
of the Forest'

The Friends of The Cathedral of the Forest work hard all year to raise money to keep the fabric of this beautiful church in reasonable repair. If you would like to help the Friends in their efforts why not join us? The subscription is just £10 a year.

You can obtain further information from:

The Treasurer,
Friends of the Cathedral of the Forest,
The Lecturage, Newland, Coleford,
Gloucestershire GL16 8NL