St Briavels (pronounced Brevels) is a medium-sized village and civil parish in the Royal Forest of Dean in west Gloucestershire, England; close to the England-Wales border, and 5 miles (8 km) south of Coleford. It stands almost 800 feet (240 m) above sea level on the edge of a limestone plateau above the valley of The River Wye, above an ancient meander of the river. To the west, Cinder Hill drops off sharply into the valley.
Amenities and Village Life:
The Village has one pub - The George, a junior school, a church, two chapels and a doctors' surgery. The Congregational church, dating from the 1870s has Gothic Revival architecture.
Village life today is centred on the school, church, the Pavilions and the Assembly Rooms, which has a hall with a stage for entertainment and special events for the local close knit community. It also has a small office for hire with Internet and telephone options. Today the Pavilions hold a very popular and well established monthly 'Local Produce and Suppliers Market', a local farmers' market offering a fine selection of organic vegetables, rare breed pedigree pork, award winning local cheeses, cider, wine, honey and a range of delicacies otherwise usual to London's specialists, Fortnum & Mason.
The St Briavels Assembly Rooms are used by the community for classes, playgroups and various events. A recent grant from DEFRA of £94,000 is currently being spent on updating the Rooms for increased usage.
The general character of the village is typified by a mid 19th century core, complemented to the east by a large number of houses built during the 1970s. Although many residents now no longer work in the area the village retains a relatively vibrant community.