Freeminers of the Forest of Dean 1999.

Robin Morgan and son Neil at the Hopewell Colliery, Coleford, Gloucestershire.

Those born within the Forest of Dean (within the ancient Hundred of St Briavels) have exercised their right to open their own mine to work coal.
It is thought that the unique privileges later granted to the Freeminers were a reward for their part in recapturing Berwick upon Tweed in the 13th and 14th centuries, but it was not until 1838 that the Dean Forest (Mines) Act enshrined their rights in an act of parliament.
Robin Morgan worked as a miner from the age of 15 until his death in 2016 aged 80.
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