In 1430 the
Bishop of Hereford, Bishop Spofford gave what is now the east
window of St. Mary's, Ross to Bishop's Chapel at Stretton Sugress,
North of Hereford. During
the 18th century however the chapel was destroyed by fire but
the glass remained undamaged. At this time, the east window of
St. Mary's, Ross-on-Wye was decayed and rods were used as mullions
to support the structure. The Churchwardens, having heard that
the glass from Stretton Sugress was available to purchase for
next to nothing, put in a successful bid.
window arrived in wooden boxes, mixed up and was fitted between
the iron rods just as it came out of its packing. This is how
it remained for over a century.
1873 some glass experts working at Treago, St. Weonards sorted
out the jigsaw puzzle, restoring the window to its former glory,
except that the original had five lights. The centre one, probably
of the crucifixion was lost forever.
four remaining lights look inward and portray:
St. Ethelbert - Saxon King.
2. Bishop Spofford offering his heart to the Virgin Mary, who
is sitting on the knee of her mother, St. Anne.
St. Haochim, husband of St. Anne, bearded, clothed in a mantle
and strange black head dress, holding a book.
St. Thomas de Cantilupe, Bishop of Hereford in 1282.
built up this web site over a period of four years, adding a page
here and a page there, it is easy for me to forget what I have
and have not added. Although I have taken hundreds of photographs
of and from The Prospect during the period, many of which can
be seen on various pages of the site, for example the flood
pages, whilst updating this site in May 2004 it surprised me that
I have not actually made a page dedicated to The Prospect and
its views. Maintaining Wyenot.com is extremely time consuming
but I will remedy this situation as soon as time allows. I am
still waiting for somebody to invent that 36 hour day!
local churches photographed for this site include but are not
Brampton Abbotts] * [St
Lawrence's, Weston] * [St.
Catherine's, Hoarwithy] *
[St Bridget's, Bridstow].