The Church of All Saints at Newland, traditionally and affectionately known as the 'Cathedral of the Forest', was begun in the early 1200s. King John appointed Robert of Wakering as first Rector in 1216. The original, probably rather small, building was expanded during the next two hundred 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. The village of Newland did not exist before the clearing was made in the Forest and the church built. 


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.


Every 2nd & 4th Sunday at 9.30 am
There are sometimes parish wide services at different churches on the 4th or 5th Sunday,
to check for these see           



The Friends of "The Cathedral  of the Forest"  work hard all year to  try and raise money to keep the  fabric of this beautful old 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