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Historic County of England

Herefordshire Famous People
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  • Administrative centre Hereford
  • County Flower - Misteltoe
  • People from Herefordshire are called - ?
  • Famous for - its apple and pear orchards, and its cider
  • Landmarks
  • Berrington Hall
  • Eastnor Castle is a 19th century mock castle, two miles from the town of Ledbury in Herefordshire, England, by the village of Eastnor. It was founded by John Cocks, 1st Earl Somers as his stately home and continues to be inhabited by his descendents. Currently in residence is the family of James Hervey-Bathurst, the grandson of Arthur Somers-Cocks, 6th Baron Somers. The castle is a Grade I listed building.
  • Hereford Cathedral
  • Hampton Court is a castellated country house in the English county of Herefordshire. The house is located in the village of Hope under Dinmore, near Leominster.

Herefordshire (abbreviated Herefs.) is one of the 39 historic counties of England established in Antiquity. It is a ceremonial county located in the West Midlands region of England. It is officially called the County of Herefordshire. It borders the counties of Shropshire to the north, Worcestershire to the east, Gloucestershire to the south-east, and the Welsh preserved counties of Gwent to the south-west and Powys to the west.

In 1974 - Herefordshire was disestablished and merged with neighbouring Worcestershire to form Hereford and Worcestershire, an administrative county. This in turn was disestablished in 1998, so from 1974 to 1998 Herefordshire was part of the former non-metropolitan county of Hereford and Worcester. Herefordshire and Worcestershire were reconstituted both as a new districts (effective 19 July 1996) and as new counties (coextensive with the area of the aforementioned district) (effective 1 April 1998) by Statutory Instrument as defined in The Hereford and Worcester (Structural, Boundary and Electoral Changes) Order 1996, establishing Herefordshire as a unitary authority.

The name of Herefordshire comes from the Old English for army ford, that is one wide enough for an army to cross. The name was first recorded around 1038 as Herefordscir.

Physically it is a gently county of low green hills, hedgerows and hop yards, orchards and woodlands. Its rich soils was formed from old sandstone

The Districts of Herefordshire

The main towns are -

  • Hereford City
  • Kingston
  • Leominster
  • Bromyard
  • Ledbury
  • Ross-on-Wye

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