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  • John Arkwright J.P. (1785 - 1858)
    John. Arkwright College: TRINITY Entered: Easter, 1806 Born: 27 Aug 1785 Died: 27 Feb 1858 More Information: Adm. pens. (age 20) at TRINITY, May 15, 1805. 4th son of Richard, of Bakewell...
  • Saint John Kemble (1599 - 1679)
    ) John Kemble 1599-1679 Born in 1599, in Herefordshire into a prominent local Catholic family. He had four brothers priests. Kemble was ordained a priest at Douai College, on 23 February 1625. He r...
  • Eleanor "Nell" Gwyn (1650 - 1687)
    Wikipedia: English: -------------------- -------------------- Eleanor Gwynne1 F, #105035, b. 1650, d. 14 November 1687 Eleanor Gwynne was born in 1650.1 She was the daughter of Thomas Gwynn...
  • Harold Godwinsson, King of England (c.1022 - 1066)
    Harold Godwinson (c. 1022 – 14 October 1066) also known as Harold II, was the last Anglo-Saxon King of England before the Norman Conquest. Married: Ealdgyth, Gryffydd's widow, they had one son...
  • Lady Godiva (c.980 - 1067)
    Godiva (or Godgifu) (fl. 1040-1080) was an Anglo-Saxon noblewoman who, according to legend, rode naked through the streets of Coventry in England in order to gain a remission of the oppressive toll imp...

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  • Edward Elgar (1857-1934) Elgar and his family moved to Plâs Gwyn, a large house on the outskirts of Hereford overlooking the River Wye in 1904, where they lived until 1911.

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  • 'David Garrick, (1717-1779) renowned actor of the 18th century
  • Godgifu - Lady Godiva of Mercia (c.980-1067) The manor of Woolhope in Herefordshire, along with four others, was given to the cathedral at Hereford before the Norman Conquest by the benefactresses Wulviva and Godiva – usually held to be this Godiva and her sister. The church there has a 20th-century stained glass window representing them
  • Harold Godwinson, Earl of Hereford and last Anglo-Saxon King of England.In 1055, in alliance with the banished Earl iElfgar of Mercia, Gruffydd defeated Earl Ralph and burned Hereford. Harold now drove back the Welsh and restored Hereford. He is charged in Domesday with several encroachments on ecclesiastical property, chiefly in Herefordshire. In 1058 he became Earl of Hereford.
  • Mistress Eleanor (Nel) Gwynne, mistress of King Charles II of England

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  • Richard Mark Hammond (born 19 December 1969) is an English broadcaster, writer, and journalist most noted for co-hosting the car programme Top Gear with Jeremy Clarkson and James May - lives in Weston under Penyard, Herefordshire.

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  • 'Saint John Kemble (b. 1599, St Weonards, Herefordshire – d. 22 August 1679, Widemarsh Common, Hereford) was an English Roman Catholic martyr. He was one of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales.
  • Richard Payne Knight 1750 - 1824) Connoisseur, author and owner/designer of Downton Castle, between 1774 and 1778.

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  • John Edward Masefield, OM (1 June 1878 – 12 May 1967) was an English poet and writer, and Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom from 1930 until his death in 1967. He is remembered as the author of the classic children's novels The Midnight Folk and The Box of Delights, and poems, including "The Everlasting Mercy" and "Sea-Fever". he was born in Ledbury in Herefordshire, to Caroline and George Masefield, a solicitor.

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  • Thomas Traherne MA (1636 or 1637 – ca. 27 September 1674) was an English poet, clergyman, theologian, and religious writer. Born in Hereford.

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  • Alfred Watkins (27 January 1855 – 15 April 1935) was a businessman, self-taught amateur archaeologist and antiquarian who, while standing on a hillside in Herefordshire, England

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