Herefordshire town, 12 miles SW of Ledbury.
The home of John Kyrle (1637-1724), known as the Man of Ross, who was well known for his charitable deeds. He was portrayed by Alexander Pope (1688-1744), a frequent visitor to nearby Holme Lacey, in his Epistle to Bathurst (1732), one of his Moral Essays. There is a memorial to Kyrle in the Market Hall and he is buried in the chancel of St.Mary's Church. His house became the King's Arms Inn and Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1722-1834) stayed here in 1794. Other literary figures known to have stayed in the town include the poet Robert Bloomfield (1766-1832) in 1807 and Charles Dickens (1812-1870) in 1867.
Location map of Ross-on-Wye courtesy of Streetmap.co.uk
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8 October 2002
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