All Saints Church at Newland, traditionally and affectionately known as the 'Cathedral of the Forest', dates back to the early 1200s and was built before the village of Newland came into existence. 

King John appointed Robert of Wakering as first Rector in 1216 and was charged with developing the parish of Newland. The original, probably rather small, building was greatly expanded in the 14th and 15th centuries including the chantry chapel donated by Edward I in 1305. A major restoration in the 1860s widened the chancel arch and slightly raised the roof of the nave, the evidence of which is still visible today.

Inside this beautiful church there are many notable elements encapsulating its 800 year old history; medieval floor tiles, 17th century floor tombs, several monuments and effigies including one to Robert de Wakering. The original Miners Brass, a symbol of the Royal Forest of Dean can also be seen, along with intricate tapestries by renowned 20th century ecclesiastical artist Beryl Dean.    

Guided Tours

If your group or society would like to find out more about All Saints Church, Newland and visit us 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 also include teas and delicious homemade cakes within the price.

For further tour details please contact Bea Erskine on 01594 835744 or email

Covid-19 - Church Re-Opening from 18 June 2020

Please visit the News from the Friends page to see a message from the Mid-Wyedean Churches, whilst public services are now suspended there are many ways to join in from home.  All Saints Church, as a building has now been re-opened for private worship and visitors.  The building has been thoroughly cleaned, prayer books and some items have been removed for your protection.  The South and for now the North Doors will be open to allow for ease of access and to enable social distancing on entry and exit.  Welcome Back!

Church Services for 2020

Two Eucharist and two Word or Prayer services will be held each week within the Parishes six churches. All Saints, Newland will normally have one Eucharist and one Evening Prayer service a month.  A Parish wide service is sometimes also celebrated, for more details 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