Coleford now and then

By Mark Elson   |   Senior Reporter   |
Wednesday 27th September 2017 8:13 am
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•A view of the centre of Coleford from around 100 years ago.

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THE Hidden Heritage of the Dean app – which shows visitors modern and antique views of places around the Forest’s family cycle trail – is to get a new sibling, focused on Coleford.

The new initiative by Foresters Forest together with the Coleford Area Partnership and Coleford Town Council will take in key points of interest around the town.

They include the old town hall, Whitecliff furnace and Darkhill ironworks and it is hoped local people can help with historic photographs of the route.

Mayor of Coleford Cllr Nick Penny said: “Exploring our history using apps is a great way to bring old maps together with new technology.

“It’s important that we don’t lose memories of days gone by and that’s why we’re keen to capture the heritage of Coleford through this new app, for everyone to explore and we would love to hear from people who can help with historic photographs.”

The new app is expected to be available next spring and will use the same technology as the hugely popular Hidden Heritage guide.

As people follow the route, their location is tracked on the map using the GPS built into their device.

At points of interest, information is triggered such as text, a picture or a “fade image” showing a smooth transition between the modern and historic landscape.

Anyone with old photos is asked to e-mail them to [email protected] or send them to: Foresters’ Forest, Bank House, Bank Street, Coleford GL16 8BA.

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