Local Interest Books


by local author Emma Cheshire-Jones

I recently saw that this book was due to be released and was intrigued! Having been interested in local history and the changes to the Town, then this book appeared to have a lot to offer. I sent off for a copy and it quickly appeared on the doorstep and the back cover summarised it as:

“Ross-on-Wye sits high on a sandstone cliff overlooking a horseshoe bend in the beautiful River Wye. The birthplace of tourism, it boasts a rich tapestry of heritage and a unique landscape. Ross-on-Wye Through Time highlights the rich gems Ross has to offer. St Mary's church is its best-known landmark and can be seen from all approaches, housing notable tombs of past stalwarts of the town. John Kyrle was just one of these figures and his name was given to the local high school and an inn. In more recent years, names associated with the town have included Dennis Potter and Richard Hammond. Today Ross is known for its independent shops, picturesque streets, the Market Square and Market Hall. This fascinating collection of old and new photographs shows how much and, in some cases, how little this historic market town has changed.”

This continued to further increase my interest. A look inside reveals that every page contains an old photo from around the Town and also a modern equivalent of the same view or scene; there are photos of the streets, shops, pubs and Inns and a great number of the other landmarks from around the area. This then-and-now connection makes the book a great read as this gives a real context to the photos. A number of the photos I had not seen before in other Ross-on-Wye history books which made this book a little different and even more engaging.

Overall this book is great for a quick flick through or a longer examination looking for the features in the photos that were present then and that are still present today. Definitely worth adding to the bookshelf!

Ross-on-Wye Through Time

Emma Cheshire-Jones is a professional photographer who works within local community groups such as Ross in Bloom and the Royal British Legion. She has a keen interest in local history and close connections with local historians through this work. She lives in Ross-on-Wye.

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