Industry, People., Places.

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”.

Industry, People., Places.

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.

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.

Families., Industry, Local characters., People.

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.

Buildings., Industry

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.