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The Rope Walk

The Rope Walk, Ross-on-Wye, can be accessed via Metcalf Close which leads off Trenchard Street, or from Wye Street or by going through the Blake Memorial Garden.

Steps down from Blake Memorial Garden Ross-on-Wye
The steps down from the Blake Memorial Garden to the Rope Walk
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The steps down from the Blake Memorial Garden.



The Rope Walk originally came about when rope was manufactured down by the river. The route of the current path was the area used to dry the ropes as they were made. This area is thought to be the location where the last ropes were made in Ross during the early part of the nineteen century.

The process required a long area to lay out the rope hence where this area gets its name. This was also the area where the Ross International Festival was held between 2000 and 2004.

Rope Walk Ross-on-Wye
The Rope Walk
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Riverside Ross-on-Wye
The back of the Hope and Anchor
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In the 19th century, the Riverside area was used for production of ropes (hence the Rope Walk), baskets and boats. Now this area has been taken over by the Hope and Anchor public house.



The Swan sculptures beside the river.

Rope Walk Swans Ross-on-Wye
The Swans beside the river
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Sir Frederick Burrows

Sir Fred Burrows Ross-on-Wye
The house that Sir Fredrick Burrows once lived in
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Beside the Rope Walk and with an excellent view of the river, lies the home of Sir Frederick Burrows (1888-1973).

Sir Frederick Burrows was a former Ross railway man and he became the president of the National Union of Railway men, the union representing railroad workers in England.

This then led on to him becoming the "Last Governor of Bengal" between February 1946 to 1947.



The view of the town from beside the river down at the Rope Walk.

The Rope Walk Ross-on-Wye
The Town from the Rope Walk
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The Rope Walk Ross-on-Wye
The Rope Walk
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The view back along the Rope Walk from the Metcalf Close end.



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