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The Market House Arches

Old Photo circa 1914
A postcard view of Ross-on-Wye
A postcard view out from under the Market House Ross-on-Wye
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A postcard (published by Frith's - no. 67701) view of the arches under the Market House looking towards Gloucester Road from around 1914 (World War 1).


Old Photo circa 1914

A postcard (published by Frith's - no. 67701) view of the arches under the Market House looking towards Gloucester Road from around 1914 (World War 1) but this one has had colour added to enhance the card.

To the right of the picture, is H.C. Jefferies news agent (the shop with Powle over the door) with "All the war news" written next to the door dating the card to World War I and the "Ross Gazette" moved into that shop in around 1915. This sign can also be seen in one of the views of the Market House from Broad Street. It is also possible to see that the News Agent was "The SPCK depot" but I am not sure what this means.

A postcard view of Ross-on-Wye
A postcard view out from under the Market House Ross-on-Wye
(Click for a larger image)

Next, on the left of H.C. Jefferies, is "Matthews Chemist & Drugist" with it's signs on the outside of the shop and futher to the left there is another sign on the pavement leaning against the wall. This can also be seen in the shot taken from Broad Street.

Futher left again, there is a car and above that the word 'Hotel' can just be seen. This is likely to be part of the George Hotel that used to be on the corner of Gloucester Road and High Street.

In the centre of the shot is the south side of Gloucester Road before it was redeveloped and on the corner of Gloucester Road and Broad Street is the National Provincial Bank.

On the far left it is possible to just make out the name 'Raymond' on the shop front.


Old Photo circa 1916
A postcard view of Ross-on-Wye
A postcard view out from under the Market House Ross-on-Wye
(Click for a larger image)

A postcard (published by Frith's - no. 84590 [I think]) view of the arches under the Market House looking towards Gloucester Road. On the back is printed "T.N.T" - To-day Not to-morrow! - The Minister of Production

This is a later view out from under the market arches. This view is probably around 1916 because this was when the "Ross Gazette" moved from its original location at the junction of Church Street and High Street down to Kyrle House. My grandad helped them move when he was 14 and then worked for them for the next 50 years until he retired.


New Photo 2005

A similar view (taken on 25th September 2005) out from under the Market House, the main change being the ever-present cars in Ross.

A postcard view of Ross-on-Wye
A similar view out from under the Market House Ross-on-Wye
(Click for a larger image)

Old Photo circa 1920
A postcard view of Ross-on-Wye
A postcard view out from under the Market House Ross-on-Wye
(Click for a larger image)

A postcard (published by Valentine's - no. 211831 - circa 1920) view out from the arches under the Market House looking down Broad Street.


New Photo 2005

A similar view out from the arches under the Market House looking down Broad Street taken in November 2005.

When comparing the new picture and the old postcard view, you can see that there are various changes. The roofs and upper floors of the buildings have hardly changed, but the lower part containing the shop frontages have dramatically changed but the Crown and Sceptre can be seen in both. The road layout has also changed and there is now no parking in front of the market house and there is now no roadway down the left side of the market house. In the postcard view there are trees to be seen in the distance which has now been replaced by housing.

A postcard view of Ross-on-Wye
The view out from under the Market House Ross-on-Wye
(Click for a larger image)



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