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Ross-on-Wye

The Prospect

The Prospect is opposite the church, this is a neat public garden populated by ancient trees.

The Prospect Ross-on-Wye
The first view through the gates into the Prospect
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The Prospect was created by John Kyrle and offers superb views over the Wye, which is a hundred feet below, right out to the Welsh mountains. This piece of land was rented by John Kyrle off the Marquess of Bath in 1696 and turned into a garden and walking area.

In around 1870 there were some problems over land ownership. James Barrett built the Royal Hotel and took some of the Prospect to make the gardens for the hotel. As a result of this, there were massive riots by the towns folk of Ross as they believed that the Prospect belonged to the town and that Barrett had taken the land off them. As a result, Thomas Blake eventually resolved the issue and paid for the land to transferred to the towns people forever and the garden was then laid out similarly to the format seen there today.


The Prospect
The Prospect from the south-east corner
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The Prospect river view
The view over the river
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The Prospect landscape views
The view over the landscape
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The Prospect also has some interesting stone work and the church is again the backdrop.

The Prospect, as designed by John Kyrle, was square with four entrances, one in the centre of each of its sides. Unfortunately the building of Wilton Road in 1833, changed the landscape west of the Prospect meaning that there was no longer room for an entrance there and in 1837 James Barrett took over part of the Prospect for the use of the Royal Hotel patrons. This resulted in the removal of the northern gate and halved the size the garden.

The Prospect arch
A gateway between the prospect and church yard called 'Kerles' or 'Kyrles' Gateway and was built by John Kyrle in 1700
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The Prospect view of St Mary
The Church through the trees
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Here we see a photographic postcard view (published by Valentine's) of the Prospect from circa. 1939. There are various flower beds and the entrance from the church yard can be seen in the distance.

The Prospect view of St Mary
An old view of the Prospect
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The Prospect view of St Mary
An old view of the Prospect entrance
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Here we see a postcard view, unknown publisher, from around 1905 looking out of the Prospect gateway back into the churchyard with the back of the church tower in the distance.

Many thanks to Richard Mayo for allowing me to use this card


The Prospect also contains Ross' War Memorial for World War 1 and a V.E. day beacon that was lit on the 8th May 1995 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Victory in Europe.

The war memorial has since been moved to the centre of the Prospect as a result of the excavations of the Roman remains in the south-west corner.

The Prospect war memorials
The War Memorials (in the original position)
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The Prospect is dominated by the ancient trees and the many birds and animals that utilise them.

A squirrel eating the chestnuts falling from the ancient trees in the Prospect
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A robin in the Prospect
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Old Photos of The Prospect

The Prospect Gardens
A view of the Prospect
[published by R. E. Davis]
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This is a postcard view of the Prospect with various people standing and sitting around in it. To the right can be seen one of the big guns that used to be on either side of John Kyrle's Gate.


This is a postcard view of the Prospect from circa 1939. There are various flower beds on either side of the paths and the entrance from the churchyard can be seen in the distance.

The Prospect Gardens
The Prospect Gardens
[published by Valentines]
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The entrance to the Prospect
The entrance to the Prospect
(unknown publisher)
[thanks to Richard Mayo]
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This is a postcard view from around 1905 looking out of the Prospect gateway back into the churchyard. The back of the church tower can just about be seen in the distance.


This is the Prospect looking west back across the Prospect towards the River. Various trees and arches for flowers to grow over can be seen in the garden. Various people can be seen in the photo sitting on the benches.

The Prospect Ross-on-Wye
The Prospect Ross-on-Wye
[No. 8763 - Unknown publisher]
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Old Photos of The Prospect

The the postcard below-left, the arches, or ones similar, seen above can be seen covered in plants and flowers. In the background can be seen the giant Elm trees that used to grow in the Churchyard, these can be more clearly seen in the postcard below right.

The Parish Church from the Prospect
A view of the Prospect
[Unknown publisher]
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Ross Church from the Prospect
Ross Church from the Prospect c.1911
[published by H.C. Jefferies]
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War Memorial

World War One

The War Memorial commemorates the people who perished in the First and Second World Wars from the Ross District.

The inscription states:


To the Glory of God and in memory of those in Ross District who fell in the Great War 1914 - 1918.

They died that we might live in Peace and Liberty


The names listed for the Great War 1914 - 1918 are:

The War Memorial side 1
The War Memorial side 1 (Click for a larger image)

Side 1 Column 1

  • Ernest E. Arbery
  • Chas. Henry Bird
  • Edward Blake
  • Chas. Henry Bland
  • Henry J. Bray
  • Wm. Martin Brown
  • Cecil Kerwood Gater
  • Jas. Henry Chester
  • Wm. Charles Clarke
  • Wm. Thomas Clarke
  • Charles J. Colwell

Side 1 Column 2

  • Charles E. Cook
  • Frederick P. Cooper
  • Tom Cooper
  • Rolf Cox
  • John C. Davies
  • Edmund Per B. Davies
  • Leslie Terrett Day
  • Frederick Dix
  • James Dix
  • Hubert Downing
  • Lionel G. Evans
  • Granville Fowler
  • Alfred Arthur Francis

The War Memorial side 2
The War Memorial side 2 (Click for a larger image)

Side 2 Column 1

  • Tom Green
  • Francis R. Green
  • George T. Gibbs
  • John Griffiths
  • Thos. F. Griffiths
  • This. Henry Guy
  • Stephen Gwilliam
  • Charles Hall
  • George E. Hall
  • Walter S. Wm. Halls
  • John A. Harris
  • Harry L. Hiller
  • Douglas Honey

Side 2 Column 2

  • Arthus Husbands
  • James R. Jackson
  • Fredk T. Johnson
  • Harry G. Johns
  • John Wm. Jonnson
  • Francis Ernest Jones
  • Tom Jones
  • Wallace R. Jones
  • Theophilus Jordan
  • George Knill
  • Fredk. G. Lafford
  • Herbert H. Large
  • Geo. Stanley Leighton

The War Memorial side 3
The War Memorial side 3 (Click for a larger image)

Side 3 Column 1

  • Charles Little
  • Ernest H. Lloyd
  • E. Tom Llewellyn
  • Vernon L. Matthews
  • Chas. Reginald Mapp
  • Walter Marshall
  • M. Hereward Meredith
  • Edward Mills
  • Charles Moore
  • Arthur Morgan
  • Wallace A. Partridge
  • Albert C. Perkins
  • Williams Perkins

Side 3 Column 2

  • Douglas H. Pike
  • Wm. Henry Peters
  • Richard W. Picknell
  • Alfred Price
  • Ernest Sidney Powell
  • Alfred Raymond
  • Charles Robinson
  • Charles Rogers
  • Clement Ross
  • Jas A. Saunders
  • Joseph R. Scudamore
  • Ernest J. P. Seymour
  • Bertie M. Sherwood

The War Memorial side 4
The War Memorial side 4 (Click for a larger image)

Side 4 Column 1

  • Cecil A. M. Smith
  • Octave S. Surr
  • G. Elsmore Taylor
  • Robt. Fredk. Taylor
  • Arthur Teague
  • Philip J. Thackway
  • Herbert J. Tingle
  • Percival Tingle
  • Walter R. Tingle
  • Alexander A. Tippet
  • Thos. A. Tompkins
  • Victor George Ursell
  • William Veale

Side 4 Column 2

  • Samuel B. Wall
  • Louis A. Waites
  • Milson Watkins
  • Horace W. Weale
  • Alfred R. West
  • Godfret P. Wilden
  • Allen Wood
  • Reginald G. Yemm
  • Thomas Henry Yemm
  • George Davis
  • A. E. Wood
  • William Davis
  • Walter E. Hope
  • Walter Lloyd
  • Gerald Pope

War Memorial

World War Two

Side 1

  • Has the Great War Inscription
The War Memorial upper side 1
The War Memorial upper side 1
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The names listed for the WWII 1939 - 1945 are:

Side 2

  • Charles Sinclair Green D.S.C
  • James Edward Hardy
  • Cuthbert Ernest James Harper
  • Thomas Willaism Herbert
  • John Henry Herbert
  • Thomas Henry Higgins
  • Charles Richard Husbands
  • George James Husbands
  • Denys William Gordon Johns
  • John Godfrey Kitchener
  • John Gullis Larner
  • Leslie Charles Lloyd
  • Lionel Gwyn Morris
  • William Charles Moss
The War Memorial upper side 2
The War Memorial upper side 2
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Side 3

  • Godfrey Julius Baines
  • John Edward Henry Bird
  • Peter Harry Brawn
  • Henry John Bryant
  • John Chamberlain
  • Frederick Cornith Comley
  • Kenneth Bryan Cooke
  • Norman Eric Cooke
  • Gordon N. Dazeley
  • Roland Ernesy Davis
  • Sam Davis
  • Douglas Alfred Dean
  • Ivor Downing
  • Lawrence Cecil French
  • Peter Buckle Coates
The War Memorial upper side 3
The War Memorial upper side 3
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Side 4

  • Frank William Murphy
  • Cyril George Newth
  • Wilfred Harold Phillips
  • Albert Wallace Phipps
  • Stanley George Preedy
  • Frederick Somerton Raynor
  • Cyril Alfred Reeves
  • Eric Reeves
  • Frederick W. Smith
  • Albert Dennis Serpell Snell
  • Ronald Tarrant Sprake
  • Leslie Charman William Thomas
  • Graham Watkins
  • Dennis Russel Williams
  • Anthony Denis Wright
The War Memorial upper side 4
The War Memorial upper side 4
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Other Names

The Memorial has been amended to include South Atlantic 1982:

South Atlantic
South Atlantic
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  • Timothy R. Jenkins

Korean War

The Prospect is also home to Ross' rememberance tree for the Korean War (1950-1953) and bears the inscription:


Not one of them is forgotten before God

Korean War dedication stone
Korean War dedication stone
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Korean War rememberance tree
Korean War rememberance tree
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