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Shop Fronts

The shops/companies using the buildings is based on adverts from Ross Guide Books (so the dates are based on the estimations of the age of the guidebook) and when, more recently, photos have been taken of the current or recent businesses to use the buildings.

The lists of companies/shops at the addresses is not complete because if they did not advertise then they may not have been identified. The dates shown indicate when either adverts were noted or photos have been taken rather than when the shop or business opened.

1 Gloucester Road

  • [2010] Natwest Bank
  • [1970] Natwest Bank
  • [pre-1970] National Provincial Bank
  • [1923] J. G. Wall & Son
  • [1914] J. G. Wall & Son

J. G. Wall & Son

This postcard shows J. G. Wall & Son's shop. This was taken during the carnival in around 1920 (early 1900's). The shop is festooned with paper chains and there is a plaque on the front of the building that was says Help the Hospital.

In 1914 John Wall's business is described as Jewellers, silversmiths and opticians2 and in 1923 it has changed very slightly to Watchmaker, jewellers and opticians3.

1 Gloucester Road circa 1920
1 Gloucester Road circa 1920
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The back of the postcard states that on the step are mother, father and Harry who would be (from left to right) Harry Wall, father [John Wall] and mother [Margaret Wall].

John G. Wall
John G. Wall
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National Provincial Bank pre 1970
National Provincial Bank pre 1970
[Photo: J.C.Coombes]
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1 Gloucester in 2010
1 Gloucester Road circa 2010
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3 Gloucester Road

  • [2010] Empty Shop
  • [20/11/09] Wine Rack closed (Threshers group in receivership)
  • [2006] Wine Rack
  • [1970] Shacs

4 Gloucester Road

  • [2010] Stella by Starlight
  • [Opened 2006] Stella by Starlight
  • [Pre 2006] Wyedean Wholefoods

5 Gloucester Road

  • [2010] Empty shop
  • [24/12/09] Coppini Caffe closed
  • [2006] Coppini Caffe & food store
  • [Closed 2005] Ciro Citereo
  • [????] Dunn & Co
  • [1965] David Massey Ltd

6 Gloucester Road

  • [2010] H. E. Phillips
  • [1929] H. E. Phillips

7 Gloucester Road

  • [2010] Connelly's Bar
  • [1999] Connelly's Bar
  • [1900] Kings Arms

8 Gloucester Road

  • [2010] Wyedean Healthfoods
  • [2009] Wyedean Healthfoods
  • [2009] Wyedean Wholefoods
  • [2007] Wyedean Wholefoods
  • [2000?] Colin Smiths Market Garden
  • [1933] Preece and Preston
  • [1923] Preece and Preston

9 Gloucester Road

  • [2010] Parkers
  • [2003] G.D.Parker & Co.
  • [1965] Cliff Watson & Co. Ltd
  • [1960] Cliff Watson & Company Ltd
  • [1958] Cliff Watson & Company Ltd
  • [1952] Cliff W. Watson
  • [1949] Cliff W. Watson

9a Gloucester Road

  • [2010] C&G
  • [2006?] Cheltenham & Gloucester plc.

10 & 11 Gloucester Road

  • [2010] Barclays Bank plc.
  • [2006?] Barclays Bank plc.
  • [1988] Barclays Bank

12 Gloucester Road

  • [2010] Oriental
  • [2009] Oriental Plaza
  • [2007] Oriental Plaza
  • [2006] The Beijing Gourmet
  • [2004?] The Canberra Restaurant
  • [1995] The Canberra Coffee House

13 Gloucester Road

  • [2010] Specsavers
  • [2006] Specsavers
  • [1965] Chamberlain and Arnold
  • [1938] Chamberlain and Arnold
  • [1923] Chamberlain and Arnold

14 Gloucester Road

  • [2010] Ladbrookes
  • [2006] Ladbrookes
  • [1971] White Horses'
  • [1968] White Horses
  • [1956] Gretchen's

15 Gloucester Road

  • [2010] Richard Butler & Associates
  • [2006?] Richard Butler & Associates
  • [1965] Metcalfes'
  • [1960] J. Metcalfe & Son
  • [1946] J. Metcalfe & Son
  • [1933] C. Keyse
  • [1923] C. Keyse

16 Gloucester Road

  • [2010] Bam Boozled
  • [2009] Bam Boozled
  • [2006] Bam Boozled
  • [1968] Hedley Rodgers
  • [1949] Howard Vaughan
  • [1938] Howard Vaughan
  • [1936] Howard Vaughan
  • [1933] Howard Vaughan

16 Gloucester Road circa 1970
16 Gloucester Road circa 1970
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Hedley Rogers
Hedley Rogers1
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Bam Boozled in 2010
Bam Boozled in 2010
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17 Gloucester Road

  • 2010 Herrings Factory Shoe Shop
  • 2006 Herrings Factory Shoe Shop
  • 2006 Herrings Shoes
  • 1985 C. V. Smith
  • 1965 C. V. Smith
  • 1952 C. V. Smith - Cosy Cafe
  • 1949 C. V. Smith - Cosy Cafe
  • 1938C. V. Smith
  • 1936C. V. Smith
  • 1933C. V. Smith
  • 1923E. H. Soles

17 Gloucester Road
17 Gloucester Road
[Photo: J.C.Coombes]
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This photo shows Smith's Bakery Shop before it was altered in 1985.

Since before 1923, when E. H. Soles had the shop, this shop was a bakers and confectioners and C. V. Smith expanded the business by having the Cosy Cafe at the back of the shop. The bakery business continued until 1985 when the shop changed use.

More recently Herrings Shoes took on the shop to sell top quality shoes from English manufacturers such as Barker, Church’s, Cheaney & Loakes.


Herrings Factory Shoe Shop 4/4/2009
Herrings Factory Shoe Shop in 2009
[Photo: J.C.Coombes]
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1 Ross - The Gateway of the Wye Valley - Ross-on-Wye Chamber of Commerce [c.1968]
2 Ross Regatta program 1914
3 Ross-on-Wye for Health Scenery Sport and Equitable climate



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