Ruardean Hill is a small hamlet to the east of Ruardean and to the south-west of Drybrook. At 950 feet above sea level Ruardean Hill is the highest point in the Forest of Dean.

A.W. Baldwin owned the Nags Head in 1891. It was a licensed beer house and free of brewery tie. Twelve years later in 1903 the Nags Head had become a tied house of the Alton Court Brewery in Ross on Wye. The annual rateable value was £12.10s.0d. and closing time was at 10pm.

 The Nags Head was located below Ruardean Woodside post office and on the same side of the road. It was open for business in the 1960’s. May Brace contacted me via e-mail and said that she remembers playing skittles there.  She said that the pub was across a field that was used as a car park. The Nags Head closed in July 1973. In her book ‘Pubs of the Royal Forest of Dean’ (2004 Logaston Press), Heather Hurley noted that after closure the Nags Head continued as a social centre for the local community but closed sometime before 1980.

Landlords of the Nags Head include:

1891 A.W. Baldwin

1903 Richard Edwards

1939 T. Brain

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