Ross-on-Wye is a very attractive old town in Herefordshire, overlooking the River Wye. The area has been known locally since Anglo-Saxon times as Archenfield. It is a good centre for those wishing to explore the Forest of Dean.
There are a good number of timber framed and Georgian buildings.
In the centre of the town is the old Market Hall, with an open ground floor. The first floor is now taken up with a splendid local museum.
John Kyrle, born in 1637, was known as “The Man of Ross”, He was a great benefactor to the town, bringing its first public water supply, and instigated ideas which were later enshrined in good town planning.
St. Mary’s Church has an elegant spire, which was financed by Kyrle, as were the nearby public gardens known as The Prospect. The churchyard has a cross commemorating the common grave of over 300 victims of the plague, which struck Ross in 1637.