Ross is an old-fashioned town; but it is very very beautifully situated, and if there is little finery in the appearance of the inhabitants, there is also little of misery
(William Cobbett, Rural Rides, Vol.1, 1821)
This, and many other quotations used by Jon Hurley in this book, create a picture of the town over the years—the passing of wars; the poverty of some and the wealth of others; the range of benefactors, and the praise and occasional opprobrium in which they were held; of life, of drink, of death; in the activities of the church; of riots on the Prospect; in the construction of modern amenities; the coming of the railways and supermarkets; even the town's appearance in fiction.
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