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NEWS - ROSS-ON-WYE
News - The weekly News Magazine for
No. 114 - 27th September 2006
Week - [Welcome
to Ashfield Primary - Alfred Evans - Jump Start - Home Start - Grammar
[Treasure at the Nag's Head - Sign Language - Ben and Zeke - Heritage
2006 - Readers' Photos - RiB Awards - Rowing Club - Weather]
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Treasure at the old Nag's Head
Pictured below are Martin and Helen Bundy, who purchased
the building in High Street which between the years 1753
and 1960 was an inn called the Nag's Head. Initially a coaching
inn, the Nags Head saw many people come and go and the building
has an interesting history. For example, according to the
Ross Gazette, dated 8th September 1870, The John Kyrle Lodge
of Oddfellows held a meeting in the Nag's Head agreeing
almost unanimously to break up the friendly society and
it was accordingly disestablished. The older part of the
present building actually dates back to 1725 but when it
was built, an even older building on the site was incorporated
into the 'new'.
and Helen have spent recent months renovating the building
to its former glory and as soon as work began, they
discovered some interesting artefacts from the building's
past. In January they found a heart shaped container behind
the lathe and plaster wall in the older part of the building.
The object contained hair and inscribed on the front are
two Star of David symbols, one of which is encircled. At
first it was not realized that they were Stars of David
and some thought the object had a sinister meaning. However,
my son, Matt was with me when I first went to look at the
artefact and he pointed out that the symbols more than likely
represented male / female and were in fact most likely to
have been put there as a love pact between two people, the
second star being encircled as a symbol of protection.
objects found include a huge collection of clay pipes, all
of these were found in the same area and many, unfortunately,
were broken. Keys, thimbles and carved figures were found
and a large collection of coins and trader's tokens have
been discovered, hidden above doors and in various other
hiding places. Some of the coins are pictured below. For
the sake of clarity, I have cut the images out from the
original photographs I took and have placed them against
a background so that they can be seen more clearly. One
of the more interesting finds, (pictured seventh photo down)
is a 1791 French coin bearing the head of Louis 16th, who
was executed on 21st January 1793, his execution signalling
the end of the absolutist monarchy in France, eventually
bringing about the rise of Napoleon. Louis XVI (23 August
1754 – 21 January 1793) was the King of France and Navarre
from 1774 until 1791 and King of the French from 1791 to
interesting more recent object found was a printing plate,
I am guessing must have been left behind by a Hoover salesman.
It is an advertisement for a Hoover Contest and is pictured
below once as it actually looks as well as in mirror image
format, so that the text can be more easily read.
Bundy, Marcin Sikova, Edward Bundy and Helen Bundy in the renovated
old Nag's Head building. DSC_6606
hoard of coins and artefacts found whilst renovating the High Street
heart shaped container with symbols and which contained the hair
of two people as a symbol of their love.
One Penny Traders' Token dated 1788.
Penny Traders' Token dated 1794.
French Louis XVI, French coin.
Hoover Contest Advertisement printing plate. (The hand belongs to
image of above.
Not Learn Sign Language?
A course in British Sign language (BSL) leading to the OCSL
Certificate Level 1 has started in Ross and there are still
course is for any adult who wants to learn how to talk with
hands and body language and communicate with the profoundly
deaf. It is a practical course and great fun!
is being run by the Workers' Educational Association at
a total cost of £85, which covers registration, certification,
and materials. If you are in receipt of means tested benefit
or on a low household income there is no charge at all.
course runs for 30 weeks Wednesdays from 10-12am at the
Larruperz Centre in Ross on Wye.
further details or to join the course please contact Meg
Hughes Tel / Text: 07980 892653 or email email@example.com.
Fax: 01432 830983 or write to Birches Knoll, Westhope, Hereford,
and Zeke at the Farmers' Arms
For those who have fond memories of friendliness to the
locals and miss Ben Nelsey being at the Hope & Anchor,
I thought you might like to see this photo of Ben with he
and Zena's latest edition to the Nelsey family. Ben and
Zena are alive and well and are, along with Zeke now running
the Farmers' Arms, a fantastic pub in Wellington Heath which
is about ten miles distant from Ross. I am sorry that Zena
is not in the photo. It was intended that she would be.
She had just showered and even dried dried her hair especially
for the occasion but we all got chatting and I put the camera
down and then forgot to take the shot of the three of them
and I visited the Farmers' Arms today (5th September) to
take photos for a page which will be appearing on Wyenot
soon about the great pub. True to Nelsey tradition, the
Farmer's Arms has been transformed into a fantastic country
pub serving great food (of course, I had to try it) and
excellent beer (Tina tried that because I was driving).
out for the new Farmer's
Arms page (link added 19/10) which will be appearing
here within the next week or so! Meanwhile, if you would
like to visit the Farmer's Arms, some of the pub's future
musical and quiz events have just been added to the 'What's
On?' page of Wyenot News.
Events at Ross Heritage Centre
Heritage Centre has a mixed bag of exhibitions during
October, with something for everyone. The exhibition of
Tim Ward's photographs and ephemera entitled, 'The Changing
Face of Ross,' has proved very successful and will be extended
until Sunday, October 22, due to popular demand.
week at the end of October will see two activities for children
and the young at heart. Suitable for all ages, these activities
are free drop in sessions. Children must be accompanied
at all times.
first will be on Tuesday, October 24, from 1am to 3pm. Those
who take part will be able to make 'Ragamuffin Snakes' and
learn the art of plaiting.
second activity, 'Fancy Fashions,' will take place on Wednesday,
October 25, from 10am to 12.30pm. Visitors will be able
to make a figure and dress it as a 50's teddy boy, a pink
lady or a 70's punk. There
will be original costumes available to dress up in.
Life and Times of Postuma Gwillam Society will be exhibiting
information about her and the life of her family in both
Whitchurch and Canada. She was a member of the local family
who were pioneers in Canada and this exhibition will elaborate
on the information and memorials in Whitchurch Church. The
exhibition will take place from Saturday, October 28 to
Sunday, November 12.
for Good Causes' will return to the Heritage Centre on Tuesday,
October 31, for trading until Saturday, December 10. Everyone
is welcome to attend the official opening, at 10am on October
31. There is access for all with a lift for those who cannot
manage the stairs.
more details on any activities at Ross Market House Heritage
Centre please telephone (01432) 260675 between 10am and
5pm, Monday to Saturday, 10.30am to 4pm on Sundays. Closed
on Mondays from November 1. The centre is closed for lunch
between 1pm and 1.30pm daily, if no relief staff are available.
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