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PLACES OF INTEREST IN AND AROUND LEDBURY. Dog Hill. A lofty eminence just above the Church, and overlooking the town, giving a clear view of the Marcle Hills, and a panoramio view of the country this side the hills, There are +.hreo jubilee seats placed on the top The place cap be approached from Church-street or through the clr archyard. Eastnor Castle. A little over two miles from Ledbury. The Castle is a fine baronial mansion, with massive towers, and is partly surrounded by a fine sheet of water. Inside the Castle are fine works of art, by the best masters, some beautiful specimens of tapestry, and an inter- esting collection of armour. Bronsil Castle. r rom Lecibury miles. Unce the residence of Lord Beauchamp, Lord Treasurer to Henry VI. Encompassed with a deep moat, overhung with ancient yew trees, supposed to be four centuries old. It is now in ruins. The Obelisk. On the Malvern Range, overlooking Bronsil Castle. It is 90 feet high and was erected in memory of Lord Chancellor Somers and various members of the Somers family. Bradlow Knoll. About 1 mile from the town, and a pleasant walk to the summit. Extensive views can be obtained when the atmosphere is bright. Gloucester Cathe- dral tower is plainly seen with the naked eye, and also the white cliffs above Cheltenham. In the west may be seen the Black Mountains, and May Hill in the Forest of Dean, to the south-west. Wellington Heath. This lovely hamlet lies about li miles north-west of Ledbury. It is somewhat of a miniature Mal- vern, standing on hilly ground, though it is hid from view from the town of Ledbury by the Frith Wood, behind which it is sheltered from the north. The houses are dotted here and there between the two hills. The road leading to the Heath is rather hilly in parts, and its undulating formation gives it a romantic touch. Hope End, once the residence of Elizabeth Barrett- Browning, the poetess, is close to the village, but the building afterwards gave way to a modern mansion, built by the late Mr C A Hewitt, who was unfortunately compelled to leave the place owing to it being gutted by fire. From the top of the Heath some lovely landscapes are obtained. The Worcestershire Beacon. The highest of the Malvern Range, 1,396 feet high. Immediately overlooking the town of Malvern, 8 miles from Ledbury. From the top, when a clear day, may be seen the Bristol Channel, Worcester (8 miles), Gloucester (20), Cheltenham (22), Tewkes- bury Abbey (14), Hereford Cathedral, Evesbam (21), the Wrekin, Clee Hills, Radnor Forest, May Hill, the Cotswolds, Edge Hill, etc., etc. A series of carriage drives to the top of the hill has been con- structed, and affords easy access to visitors either on foot or by carriage. As a permanent memorial of her late Majesty's long reign, the Diamond Jubilee Committee of 1897 set apart from the subscriptions it received several hundred pounds for the erection of an Indicator, which occupies the site of the great bonfire on the summit of the hill, On a marble base and truncated pillar, bearing the appropriate inscription, "The earth is the Lord's and the fulness thereof," is fixed a circular platoof phosphor bronze, protected by a thick sheet of plate glass. On it is engraved a map of the surrounding country for a distance of 66 miles, Round the margin is a reproduction of the most salient features of the landscape, with their names and distances in miles. Places actually visible under favourable conditions and whose direction merely is. owX\ are indicated by different kinds of type.

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