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Ledbury Produoa Market. I

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PLACES OF INTEREST IN AND I AROUND LEDBURY. I Dog Hill. I A lofty eminence just above the Church, and overlooking the town, giving a clear view of the Marcle Hills, and a panoramic view of the country this side the hills. There are three jubilee seats placed on the top The place can be approached from Church-street or through the clr archyard. Bradlow Knoll. I 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. Eastnor Castle. I 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. I From Ledbury 2% miles. Once 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 Raggedstone Hill. I Famous for the curse, which, according to an old legend, falls on all who come beneath its shadow. The curse is the legacy of a monk of the ancient Priory of Little Malvern, whose penance consisted of the daily ascent of the hill on all fours." The Obelisk. I On the Malvern Range, overlooking Bronsil Castle. It is 90 feet high and was erected in I memory of Lord Chancellor Somers and various members of the Somers family. WEST SIDE. I To the memory of John Lord Somers, Baron of Evesham, Lord High Chancellor of England, in the reign of William III. and President of the Council in that of Queen Anne- To the uniform ability and integrity of his public conduct posterity has done justice, by acknowledging, in the most ample manner, the wisdom of his counsels, and continually appealing, both in and out of Parliament, to the opinion of Lord Somers as the stalard of political rectitude. His spirited defence of the seven bishops in a Court of Justice and his able speech in Parliament, proving the abdication of King James, are wellllnown. The nation, it is generally admitted, is indebted to him, above any other statesman, for the union between England and Scotland, and the establishment of the Protestant succession. When his political enemies of the day impeached him before his Peers, the House of Commons did not appear at the bar 4If the House of Lords, or attempt to prove a criminal act against him. He was loyal and faithful to the Sovereign whom he served, a sincere and useful friend to his country, and to his family he bequeathed what they ought to value above earthly possessions or dignities-a great and good example in gratitude for which, and in general admira- tion of his character, this Obelisk is erected by his heir and representative, John Somers, Lord Somers, Baron Evesham. EAST SIDE. I Lord Chancellor Somers, died a bachelor, and had no brothers—his only sisters were Maty ajd Elizabeth Somers. Mary, the elder, was the wife of Charles Cocks, Esq., of Worcester, nephew of Thomas Cocks, Esq., of Castleditch,; and Elizabeth, the younger, of the Right Honourable Sir Joseph Jekyll, Knight, Master of the Rolls. Lady Jekyll left no issue, consequently, in the descendants of her sister Mary must be traced the heir and representative of Lord Chancellor Somers. She had only two children, who even- tually left issue Marguet;, Countess of Hardwick, and John Cocks, Esq., who, by his wife and cousin, Mary Cocks, heiress of Castleditch, had many children. The eldest son and heir, Charles, was created Lord Somers in 1784, and was succeeded in 1806 by his eldest son, who erects this i Obelisk, A.D. 1812. ) SOUTH SIDE. I Inscribed to the memory of James Cocks, Ensign in the Guards. He was the only surviving issue of James Cocks, Esq., eldest nephew of Lord Chancellor Somers, and of Ann, sister of the late Lord Berkeley, of Stratton. Possessed of an ample patrimony, he preferred honour to security, and before he had attained the age of twenty, fighting for his country, fell in battle at St. Cas, on the coast of France, A. D. 1753. NORTH SIDE. I Inscribed to the memory of the Honourable Edward Charles Cocks, eldest son of John Somers, Lord Somers, and Margaret Lady Somers, his wife. With strong induce- ments to apply himself to the safer duties of civil life, the energies of his mind determined him on a military career. Having chosen a profession, he devoted himself to it with successful ardour and perseverance. At the age of 26 he fell, respected, beloved and regretted. His great com- mander, the Marquis of Wellington, thus officially announced his death to the Secretary of State, Earl Bathurst:—" At three in the morning of the 8th [October, 1812] we had the misfortune to lose the Honourable Major Cocks, of the 79th, who was Field Officer of the trenches, and was killed in the act of rallying the troops who had been driven in. I have frequently had'occasion to draw your Lordship's attention to the conduct of Major Cocks, and in one instance very recently, in the attack of the hornwoks of the castle ef Burgos, and I consider his loss as one of the greatest importance to this army and His Majesty's service." Lord Wellington had successively recommended him to the brevet rank of major and lieutenant colonel in the army; the former in acknow- ledgment of previous good conduct, and the latter as a reward for his gallant acts in the seige which proved fatal to him. Both recommendations were confirmed by authority, but that to be lieutenant-colonel not till five days after he had fallen before Burgos. A father who loved and thought highly of his son, feels himself justified in inscribing these truths to his memory, and bound to add that he acted on public and religious principles, and that he was dutiful to his parents, an affectionate brother, a sincere friend and benevolent man. Wynd's Point. Four miles from Ledbury, close to the British 1, Camp. A very romantic, secluded spot, which for fouryears was the home of Jenny Lind, where she died in 1887. The Jubilee Drive. A beautiful drive along the west side of the Hills, from the Wvche to the British Camp. Most magnifi- cent views are obtained from it. Cyclists will find it ohe of the finest drives in the neighbourhood, the gradient being easy and the road bed well kept. I The W orcestershire 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, Evesham (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 plate of 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 shown are indicated by different kinds of type. Colwall Church. I i4our miles, G. W .K., from Ledbury. 1 he Church is very ancient and has been partly restored. In the churchyard is a cross which displays the remains I of richly carved tracery. Bosbury, I Four miles from Ledbury. Quaint and delight- ful, was once an important place, the residence of ( the Bishops of Hereford. Its Church, dating from the 12th century, has a detached tower. There is a fine oak-panelled room at the Crown Inn. The ashes of Edna Lyall, the authoress, are deposited in the Churchyard, where there is a cross erected to her memory. I Hereford Cathedral. I Thirteen and a half miles from Ledbury by G.W.R. One of the most ancient Cathedrals of Great Britain having been in existence previous to 610.