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The thriving town of Lydney covers approximately eight square miles, and stands on the north bank of the UK's longest river, the Severn.There is also evidence that the surrounding area has been farmed since the Bronze Age. It has been suggested that the Saxons named the settlement 'Lydeney' possibly meaning either 'Travellers Island' or 'broad', referring to the River Severn. To the south, the tidal waters of the Severn, once home to the centre of travel and trade for the Coal of the forest, shipped from Lydney Docks.