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Ross-on-Wye

Wye Street

Wye Street, Ross-on-Wye, was originally the only way into Ross from the west before Wilton Road was designed by Thomas Telford and built in 1833. It has always been very steep and was originally called "Dock Street" and the steep part was "Dock Pitch" but was renamed during the redevelopment of the area.


Dock Pitch
Dock Pitch from a plate used by the Ross Gazette
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The street used to be quite industrious and full of crafts persons. In the 1850's this included carpenters, boot makers, shoe makers, solicitors, dress makers, boarding houses and a school.

The Castle Inn

This building, now flats, used to be the Castle Inn. Up until about 1871, the area between this and the Man of Ross Inn used to be part of the cattle market.

Castle Inn
The old Castle Inn
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Castle Hotel
The Castle Hotel
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Initially, it was called the Russell Arms but was redeveloped and reopened in 1838 as the Castle. This corresponded with the completion of the towns mock walls and towers. Later it was named the Castle Wine and Spirit Vaults and later still the Castle Vaults.

By the 1940's it was known as the Castle Hotel and in 1961 it was sold and converted into flats. [9]


Man of Ross

At the top end of Wye Street is the 'Man of Ross Inn' named after John Kyrle 'The Man of Ross'. It was opened in 1847 by a corn and flour dealer James Watkins.

The building dates back to the 17th century but it has been modified several times since then.

The current landlady is very friendly and they do great pub grub (the gammon is excellent!!)

Man of Ross Inn
Man of Ross Inn
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Valley Hotel Garage
Valley Hotel Garage
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Below the Inn is this building with an interesting frontage. It used to be the garage for the Valley Hotel that was on Edde Cross Street.


Alley down to The Rope Walk

This is one of the paths leading down to The Rope Walk. To the left of the alley is the Blake Memorial Garden.

Alley to Rope Walk
The alley down to the Rope Walk
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Blake Memorial Garden

Blake Memorial Garden
The top of the Blake Memorial Garden
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The Blake Memorial Garden was built by the town to commemorate the life of Thomas Blake after his death in 1901 and it was completed by 1908.

Blake did many things for the Town including saving the Prospect for the Town, contributing a large amount of money for the building of a new Baptist Chapel and providing a fresh water supply to the town.


These are two postcard views of the Blake Memorial Garden and are titled "The Wye from Thomas Blakes Memorial Gardens, Ross-on-Wye" and "Blake's Memorial, Ross".

Blakes Garden
A postcard view from Blakes Memorial Garden
[published by F. Frith & Co Ltd. - no. RS110]
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Blake Memorial Garden
A postcard view of Blakes Memorial Garden
[from a photo by H. E. Wilkins - no. 78]
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The British and Foreign School

The British and Foreign School was established in 1837 to educate the children of Ross and it was a great success. At its peak there were around 300 pupils all being educated depending on their, or their families, ability to pay.

British and Foreign School
The British and Foreign School
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Interesting Building
An interesting building
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A few more interesting buildings next to the school.


The Hope and Anchor

Opposite is the road down to the Hope and Anchor pub and a bit further on is the Rope Walk.

The Hope and Anchor
The road down to the Hope and Anchor
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The Ice House

The Ice House
The Ice House
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After the buildings is a six storey building called "The Ice House" [ more details ] which is being re-developed as can be seen in the photograph.


RNIB Wishing Well

The RNIB wishing well is opposite the River Side Inn and just down from the bottom of the Ice House. It was built to commemorate the centenary of the RNIB 1868-1968. It also commemorates the 125th anniversary and the planting of the "Prunas Oakaye Tree" in 1993.

The RNIB wishing well
The RNIB wishing well
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Bandstand

The Bandstand
The new Bandstand
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Further on along is the new Band Stand. This was handed over to the Ross-on-Wye Town Council by Ross Lions on the 31stMay 2005.


Garden

Behind the Band Stand and on the bank is the Miss Caroline E. Symonds Garden gifted by her to the Ross-on-Wye Urban District Council in 1962.

The Miss Caroline E. Symonds Garden
The Miss Caroline E. Symonds Garden
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Crocus Bed

The crocus bed
The Breakthrough Breast Cancer crocus bed
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To the right of the Symonds Garden is the Breakthrough Breast Cancer crocus bed that was planted in memory of the 1000 women who die of breast cancer each month in the UK.


Further round to the right is Wilton Road and the arches under the road.

The arches under Wilton Road
The arches under Wilton Road
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Views Back Up Wye Street

The view back up Wye Street.

Looking up Wye Street
Wye Street
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View of Ross from the lower part of Wye Street
View of Ross from the lower part of Wye Street
[Photo: G.W.Young1]
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The picturesque view back up Wye Street from Wilton Road.

Wye Street from Wilton Road
Wye Street from Wilton Road
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These are two postcard views of Wye Street from the early 1900's and it is referred to as 'Dock Street' which was its previous name. The left view is looking back from Hereford Road (now known as Wilton Road) and the other is a view from further up the street.

Old views of Dock/Wye Street

Dock Street
Dock Street, Ross
[published by Valentines - no. 23948]
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Wye Street
Ross Church from Hereford Road - posted 1910
[published by Valentines - no. 23929]
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1 Ross-on-Wye for Health, Scenery, Sport and Equable Climate - Published by the Ross Improvement and Publicity Society & printed by Ross Gazette Ltd.
2 The Pubs of Ross & South Herefordshire by Heather Hurley published by Logaston Press


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