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Archive Ross-on-Wye

The old Ross-on-Wye Railway Station

Mitcheldean Road Railway Station

On a page of about Ledbury Railway Station which I added last month, I mentioned that I thought there was a photograph of the old Ross-on-Wye station in the 'archive' section of this web site. Checking later however, I found that, for some reason I had not actually included it. This gave me the idea of producing an article, perhaps even a regular section on these news pages to show some archive photographs of Ross-on-Wye.

The old Ross-on-Wye Railway Station can be seen in the photograph upper left. I don't know why I didn't included it before but it is one which I scanned from the archives of the Ross Gazette when I first began the archive section of Wyenot. I am not sure when it was taken. Ross-on-Wye station was closed in the 1960s due to the Beeching Axe.

Occasionally viewers of send me old photographs taken by themselves or others as well as old postcards, for publication. In this article, I have included some of those received, which I have not until now had a chance to add. The photograph of Mitcheldean Road Station, lower left was sent in recently by Don Wood (no relation). Don is proprietor of the Forest Edge Guest House in Noden Drive at the Lea. Noden Drive was built on the site of the old Mitcheldean Road Station.

The rest of the old photographs and post card images on this page were sent to me by Margaret Wilce.

If you have an old photograph of Ross which you would like to see on this web site, please feel free to send it in with as much information as you have and, when I have collected enough, I will publish them in a future edition of Wyenot news. More old photographs can be seen here.

The Wye Valley Hotel, Edde Cross Street during the 1950s.

Cantilupe Road School.

Ross Market House.

High Street, Ross-on-Wye

An early view of Ross-on-Wye.

Dock Street, Ross - now known as Wye Street.

An interior view of Howle Hill Church, now redundant.

Kern Bridge in 1904.

Football - Ross Town's ten men so close to victory . . .

Hellenic League Division 1 West
Ross Town 3 Cirencester United 3

Ross Town so nearly took all three points in this Monday midday game, but the visitors equalized with three minutes remaining.

Manager Chris Parsons' resources were stretched to the limit through injuries and work commitments, and matters were made worse when Declan Elliott injured his ankle in the pre-match kick about, and was not even able to take his place as substitute. However, Town began brightly and were ahead after five minutes. The ball was worked down the right wing and found captain Stuart Parker who crossed to the unmarked Jamie Warwick ; Warwick stooped to head in.

On twenty minutes a misplaced back-heel by Parker gave possession to Cirencester and the ball was played out to the right behind the Ross defence to allow McSherry, once on Swindon Town's books, to close in on goal and beat Rich Newman just inside his left hand post.

Cirencester went ahead on 38 minutes. Town's inability to defend set pieces, and Cirencester's obvious training ground practice, saw Messenger head in from a right wing corner. Bridges, Warwick and McAdam all had close range chances, but the score remained 1-2 at half time.

Early in the second half Town brought on both substitutes, Simon Gwynne for McAdam, playing his first home game and who was having no luck up front, and David Napper for flu victim Green; Warwick moved up to accompany Stuart in attack. Gwynne had been on the pitch only fifteen minutes when he chased what appeared to be a lost cause; a long

ball up field looked as though it would be dealt with easily by the keeper or his left back, but as they hesitated and left it to each other, the grateful Gwynne darted between the two to make it 2-2.

Two minutes later Town should have gone ahead. Spud Jenkins went on a marauding run into the visitors' area, only to be wrestled to the ground by keeper Keslake. Keslake was very fortunate to remain on the pitch receiving only a yellow card, and guessed correctly when Stuart Parker took the resulting spot kick. He dived to his right and managed to palm the vicious shot over the bar.

Two minutes after Cirencester should arguably have been down to ten men Town found themselves a man short. Dewi Stuart was injured in a mid field tackle and couldn't carry on, and with Elliott unable to take part they were now down to ten. However, it looked as though the game was won in the 83rd minute when a long ball from Gwynne was chased by Warwick who lobbed the advancing keeper to make it 3-2. Then came Ricketts' equalizer in the 87th minute.

Ross Town : Richard Newman; Mark Ravenhill, Ainsley Jones, Tom Phillips; Andrew Green [sub David Napper], Spud Jenkins, Stuart Parker, Jamie Warwick, Adam Bridges; Dewi Stuart, Nawaz McAdam [sub Simon Gwynne], sub not used Declan Elliott.

Ross Town's games for the rest of January are: Saturday 8th away to Quarry Nomads, Saturday 15th away to Headington Amateurs, Saturday 22nd no fixture as yet, and Saturday 29th at home to Cirencester United in the Supplementary Cup.

Letters and Requests for Information. Is anybody able to help, please?

It must be the genealogy season again! Below are two emails received this week from people requesting genealogy type information. Is there anybody out there able to help please? If so, please email and I will put you in touch with the senders.

Please note that all published 'request for research' emails will be uploaded to the web site unedited as, unfortunately I do not have the time to correct spelling or grammatical errors.

Good Morning,

Help if you can please. My wife's late father said he was an orphan from Ross and had no family. Searches have confirmed that he was born in Marstow in 1909, Stanley Morse. His father was a Charles Morse, mother Emily, nee Powell. Further searches look to confirm that he had three sisters! Doris from Merthyr born 1912, Hilda from Ross, born 1913 and Phyliss born in 1915, also from Ross.

Where can I place an advertisement in the hope of contacting any off springs of these people? Do you know of any orphanages that may have operated in the area at that time?

Many thanks and kind regards,

Steve King.

Hi Alan,

Thanks for the great web site.

I wondered if anyone has information on one of my ancestors, Joseph Assinder, a blacksmith born in Ross in 1815, living in New Street Ross in 1849 and Edde Cross Street Ross in 1881.

Any information gratefully received.


David Assinder.

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