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Garway Heritage Group.

Garway Heritage Group have a series of interesting talks on diverse subjects organised lined up for this autumn, winter and next spring. Presumably these will be held in their new village hall, not the old green building that still features on their website. Admission £5 for non GHG members. See if you are interested in… Continue reading Garway Heritage Group.

Families., Industry, Local characters., People., Places.

The Three Rs.

Introduction by John Blows. Ron Williams, born about 1930, was my neighbour at "Erwarton" by the Saracen's ferry.  As far as I know he worked all his life at The Royal Hotel, Symonds Yat East which meant crossing the river every day, whatever the weather conditions, in his rowing boat. He was always full of… Continue reading The Three Rs.

Local characters.

Characters of the Symonds Yat West. Peg Leg Bill.

One of the ‘heroes’ of the Symonds Yat area was affectionately known as Peg Leg Bill. William Lewis was born in 1898 and brought up in Monmouth. During the first World War he was posted with the Gloucestershire regiment to Agincourt (sounds appropriate for a Monmouth man!) and, sadly, lost a leg during the war.… Continue reading Characters of the Symonds Yat West. Peg Leg Bill.

Local characters.

‘Characters’ of the Whitchurch Area. John George Sowerby – ‘The man who went through three fortunes’

 John George Sowerby was a painter of some repute who lived in the early twentieth century in Orde House Langrove. He was born in Gateshead and inherited a prosperous glassmaking busines in 1879 but frittered away the money that had been made by his grandfather, father and widowed mother. He was more interested in painting… Continue reading ‘Characters’ of the Whitchurch Area. John George Sowerby – ‘The man who went through three fortunes’

Local characters.

‘Characters’ of the Doward area. Old Molly Green – The Witch of The Doward

In the latter part of the 19th Century a woman called Molly Green lived in a house called Horse Pool Cottage, the nearest dwelling to Horse Pool itself. She was known as Old Molly Green and was reputed to be a ‘very dangerous woman’, believed to be responsible for a number of worrying incidents. She… Continue reading ‘Characters’ of the Doward area. Old Molly Green – The Witch of The Doward

Local characters.

Albert Brydges Farn – The Butterfly Expert.

Albert Brydges Farn, known as A.B.F. was a famous occupant of Crockers Ash House. He was a keen scientist with interests in ornithology, zoology and lepidoptery. The latter meaning that he was, above all else, an expert in Butterflies and Moths. He first moved to Herefordshire in 1906 with the intention of saving the last… Continue reading Albert Brydges Farn – The Butterfly Expert.