Stephen Ballard was influential in shaping the town of Ledbury through the critical time of the canal and railway construction. A civil engineer with an inventive mind and the will to see the projects through, he has left a legacy to the area in creating Jubilee Drive which was built on his own land on the western slopes of the Malvern Hills. Its gentle curves reveal magnificent views over the Herefordshire countryside and the canal and railway routes which he engineered.
The brick shown above is from the Ledbury brickworks which was owned and run by his brother Robert Ballard. The bricks were used in building the impressive railway viaduct in Ledbury.
There is more information on Ledbury's Transport History page.
Content generated during research for two paperback books 'Ledbury: A Market Town and its Tudor Heritage' (ISBN 13 : 978-1-86077-598-7) and 'Ledbury: People and Parish before the Reformation' (ISBN 13 : 978-1-86077-614-4) for the England's Past for Everyone series