Who exactly was William Gilpin and why is his contribution to Ross-on-Wye being celebrated with a year-long programme of activities? In 1770 he took the ‘Wye Tour’ and wrote the first ever tourist guide in Britain, founding what came to be known as ‘The Picturesque Movement’.
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HRH The Prince of Wales pays a visit
To launch the Gilpin 2020 celebrations, which recognises Ross-on-Wye’s position as the birthplace of British tourism, HRH The Prince of Wales came to the town to meet local people, associations, volunteers, artists and craftspeople and light the torch that would be used to ignite the beacon at The Prospect. He made a point of dropping into Made in Ross, the artists collective on the first floor of the Market House.