Herefordshire

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Herefordshire
County of Herefordshire
Arms of Herefordshire County Council.svg
Motto(s): 
"Pulchra terra Dei donum"
("This fair land is the gift of God")
Herefordshire within England
Coordinates: 52°05′N 2°45′W / 52.083°N 2.750°W / 52.083; -2.750Coordinates: 52°05′N 2°45′W / 52.083°N 2.750°W / 52.083; -2.750
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
RegionWest Midlands
Established1 April 1998
Established byLocal Government Commission for England
Preceded byHereford and Worcester
OriginAncient
Time zoneUTC±00:00 (Greenwich Mean Time)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+01:00 (British Summer Time)
Members of ParliamentList of MPs
PoliceWest Mercia Police
Ceremonial county
Lord LieutenantEdward Harley OBE
High SheriffMrs Patricia Thomas[1] (2020–21)
Area2,180 km2 (840 sq mi)
 • Ranked26th of 48
Population (2005 est.)178,800
 • Ranked45th of 48
Density82/km2 (210/sq mi)
EthnicityWhite 98.2%, Asian 0.8%, Mixed 0.7%, Black 0.2%, Other 0.1%[2]
Unitary authority
CouncilHerefordshire Council
ExecutiveConservative
Admin HQHereford
Area2,179 km2 (841 sq mi)
 • Ranked7th of 326
Population189,300
 • Ranked94th of 326
Density86/km2 (220/sq mi)
ISO 3166-2GB-HEF
ONS code00GA
GSS codeE06000019
ITLUKG11
Websitewww.herefordshire.gov.uk

Herefordshire (known as County of Herefordshire) is a county in the West Midlands region of England. It borders the English counties of Shropshire to the north, Worcestershire to the east, Gloucestershire to the south east and the Welsh counties of Gwent to the south west and Powys to the west. It is not to be confused with Hertfordshire, a county north of London.

It is pronounced ['herəfədʃə] (i.e. first syllable as in "herring", and -e- a separate syllable).

The county town of Herefordshire is the cathedral city of Hereford.

Waterways[change | change source]

Historically, the Rivers Wye and Lugg were navigable but the wide seasonal variations in water levels mean that few craft larger than canoes and coracles are now used. There are canoe centres at The Boat House, Glasbury-on-Wye, the Hereford Youth Service Archived 2005-11-19 at the Wayback Machine and Kerne Bridge Archived 2021-03-08 at the Wayback Machine Ross-on-Wye, as well as a rowing club in Hereford.

The early nineteenth century saw the construction of two canals, The Hereford & Gloucester Canal and The Leominster & Stourport Canal but these were never successful and there are now few remains to be seen.

Other websites[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. "No. 62943". The London Gazette. 13 March 2020. p. 5161.
  2. "Ethnicity – Facts and Figures – 2011 Census, table KS201". Herefordshire Council. 12 October 2015. Retrieved 25 March 2016. White: English, Welsh, Scottish, Northern Irish, British 93.70%; White: Other White 3.90%; Asian / Asian British 0.80%; Mixed / multiple ethnic group 0.70%; White: Irish 0.40%; White: Gypsy or Irish Traveller 0.20%; Black / African / Caribbean / Black British 0.20%; Other ethnic group 0.10%