Tim Ward has been a collector of postcards and photographs of Ross for many years, and this book displays some of his latest acquisitions. They include aerial views of parts of the town, a very early photograph of the churchyard, views of Ross’s quiet streets in the days before they became congested with motor traffic – and of the changes after the heavy lorries arrived.
There are dramatic images of floods and storms, and nostalgic ones of pubs (some since demolished) and tea rooms, and of festivals. There are several of military parades, for in the early 1900s Ross was a major training base for the newly formed Territorial Army. There are also photographs of some of the old slums, since cleared away, and of fires and accidents. Tim has spent much time researching the events in the photographs, and through words and the images themselves weaves together a seldom-seen and affectionate history of Ross over the years.
Tim Ward worked for several years in agriculture and horticulture, spending twenty years as a professional grower of salad crops. He then became a postcard dealer and, moving to Ross on Wye, ran a collector’s shop. When not growing fruit and vegetables on his allotment, he enjoys bird watching and researching aspects of local and social history.
Paperback | 96 pages | 171 x 242 mm | 2013
78 b&w photographs