Industry, People.

Ron Williams ghillie, waterman and a local character of Symonds Yat.

Ron Williams. Arthur Ronald Williams, born 25.9.1914, died April 1991 Ross.  Ghillie (for The Royal Hotel)  and Waterman. Married 1956 St. Dubricius to Barbara Mary Beard. Lived at Erwarton, Washings Lane, Symonds Yat West.Liked his beer and whisky, played cribbage, always active and helpful, a good neighbour, friend and story teller. John Blows. _ _… Continue reading Ron Williams ghillie, waterman and a local character of Symonds Yat.

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An introduction to “A Slice of Life 2020”.

In common with other W I groups in 1965, Whitchurch Women’s Institute compiled a scrap book as part of their local jubilee celebrations. Whereas the 1965 version just focused just on the lifestyles and a material record of things as they were then, it was intended to be entirely local.  No comparison with the previous… Continue reading An introduction to “A Slice of Life 2020”.

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Ross Gazette archives.

  To read actual back copies of a Ross Gazette issue you can use this link. For a specific year / month you need to type the month and year into the search box. https://herefordshirehistory.org.uk/archive/herefordshire-newspapers/ross-gazette There is a 'magnifying ring' feature for clear viewing, a '+' sign in a circle, but the site is intended… Continue reading Ross Gazette archives.

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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.

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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.

Industry

Local iron ore smelting.

Iron ore has been mined and smelted in our area for thousands years, even before the Romans arrived. We know this because of the abundance of slag or cinders to be found locally. Iron ore would have initially come from from several mines on the Doward some of which are overlooking the Wye and can… Continue reading Local iron ore smelting.

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Mr George Webb and the Ganarew Motorcycle Company.

So far as the advent of motor cars and motorcycles were concerned, Britain was at least a decade behind France and Germany. In 1896 there were only ten cars in the whole of the UK.* Mr George Webb of Crockers Ash had probably been in business before this selling conventional pedal type cycles from his shop… Continue reading Mr George Webb and the Ganarew Motorcycle Company.

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The Industrial History of Whitchurch. Iron Ore Smelting and Forging.

Old Iron Works in Whitchurch Parish. Iron smelting and forging was a big business during the 17th, 18th and 19 centuries. Iron masters were usually wealthy, very important persons often holding high positions in society and politics. The Foley family is a good example. Richard Foley of Stourbridge  (1580 - 1657) was a prominent ironmaster.… Continue reading The Industrial History of Whitchurch. Iron Ore Smelting and Forging.

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The Industrial History of Whitchurch. Lime burning on the Dowards.

Lime burning was a skilled job with the burner keeping his knowledge of the procedure to himself or in the family. The value of his product was dependant upon his skills. He had to know precisely how to layer the lime and charcoal within the kiln, how to judge and control the burn, an even… Continue reading The Industrial History of Whitchurch. Lime burning on the Dowards.

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The industrial History of Whitchurch. Lime Kilns on the Dowards.

For centuries, if not thousands of years, limestone has been burnt in lime kilns on the Doward hills within our parish. The hills were heavily mined and quarried until the beginning of the last century, particularly for iron ore and limestone. Limestone was taken from a quarry or directly from a cliff face. Most cliff… Continue reading The industrial History of Whitchurch. Lime Kilns on the Dowards.