Ross-on-Wye market town is joined to Bridstow parish by the aptly named Bridstow Bridge. The town sits high on the Old Red Sandstone cliffs, with the meandering river Wye below. From the lookout afforded from the grounds around St Mary’s Church, across the river, can be seen the ruins of Wilton Castle. The owners of this scheduled ancient monument have, in recent years, undertaken some restoration to the castle and they would like their property to feature in the project. Within the immediate area there are a number of history and heritage groups which reflects the quantity of heritage sites found in this town, many of which are stone built.
The geology of the immediate area is that of the Devonian Old Red sandstone. This is reflected in the fabric of the local building stones. However, the stone is far from homogenous. The proposed sites in this cluster vary in age and type; the church in particular is built from a variety of different building stones types.