Gallery 54 - Ross on..
Contemporary abstract art, ceramics and glassware
Cleeve Orchard Cider..
Artisan maker of Little Owl cider from the last orchard in Ross on Wye
Longhope was already inhabited by the 11th century and the Manor of Hope is mentioned in the Domesday Book. The name itself means long, enclosed valley. Travelling from the Forest, one of the first houses reached is Harts Barn, which was built by the descendants of John the Sergeant, who was granted lands at Hope by William the Conqueror on condition that he provided hounds when the King came to hunt hart in the Dean Forest. Other houses of historical interest include Royal Spring, where Charles I is said to have stopped for refreshment in 1642 after the battle of Powick Bridge near Worcester.
At one end of the village, you will see All Saints Church which dates back to the 12th century, though it was heavily restored in the Victorian era. The arms of William III can be seen over the door and beneath the chancel lies members of the Probyn family who for many years were the lords of the Manor.
Opposite the church, Court Leet was once the local court and the adjacent timbered cottage was the gaol.
In the centre of the village, the recreation ground was bought by public subscription in memory of those killed in the World War and on the first Saturday in July, all activity in the village and surrounding area is centred on the Fete. Food can also be enjoyed at one of the local hostelries.
ChurchesDespite fairly heavy restoration of the All Saints church in the 1860's when the North vestries were added, the church has considerable medieval interest. The lower parts of the four stage west tower are late Norman, as well as the remains of one window. There is an effigy of a priest which is dated to c1300. The porch and several windows are early 14th century. There are also Royal Arms of William the Third.
SchoolsThere are two Primary Schools in Longhope:
Longhope C. of E. Primary School
Hopes Hill Primary School
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