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The Market Houses of Newent, Ledbury and Ross-on-wye

When we were thinking up a name for the Daffodil Line someone suggested we might call our service the “Market House Express”. Not a bad idea as all three towns on the Daffodil Line: Newent, Ledbury and Ross are identified by their Market Houses, beautiful ‘statement’ buildings set right in the middle of town.  They were all built around 1660, what were they for?  The short answer is to show off.

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