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The small civil parish and town of Lydney is located in Gloucestershire, England along the A48 road which of course is also located near the Lydney Park Gardens which got their name from the town. Situated on the western bank of the River Severn and not too far from the Forest of Dean, Lydney has become known for its Iron Age temple.
Back in the 1870’s a railroad bridge was built across the River Severn but unfortunately during the 1960’s an oil tanker slammed into pier 17 which caused two spring girders to break and as a result it has since been deemed damaged beyond repair but as a millennium project there has been talks of building a new bridge in the area to cross the river.
The town of Lydney also has its own stop on the Gloucester-Newport line which also offers a connection to the Dean Forest Railway line. While today Lydney is a great place for pleasure craft, it was once a bustling port responsible for moving coal and timber from the Forest of Dean to the rest of England by way of the River Severn.
The town though has become famous for its rugby team, the Lydney Rugby Football Club which is based out of Regentsholme. Throughout the 1980’s the team was a common contender in the John Player Cup and was even featured on a BBC rugby special. Besides rugby, the town of Lydney also has three cricket teams in different leagues and even Geraint Jones started his career as a wicket keeper in Lydney.
From swimming to field hockey, it seems as if Lydney is a great place for those who enjoy sports with Lydney being the home of both the Lydney Hockey Club as well as the Lyndean Netball Club. The town even has itself a 9-hole golf course located just outside of town for those who prefer a gentleman’s sport. Even if you are a book-worm there is some action for you in Lydney thanks to the Lydney Twonkers Scrabble Club which has maintained a heightened status in their league over the last decade.It seems as if there is a little bit of everything for anyone to do in the town of Lydney so if you are in the area then you should stop by and check out what the town has to offer to any visitor. From sights to leisure, you are bound to find something of interest in Lydney, England.