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County Town: Hereford
Population: (est) 170,000
Area: 842 Sq miles 2181 Sq km
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Did you know that under an old - and legend has it - un-repealed law it is it seems (in theory) legal to shoot a Welshman on a Sunday in Hereford, provided itís with a longbow and within the Cathedral close? Which seems a trifle harsh, especially given the longbow was perfected by the Welsh. We strongly suggest you donít test the law!
Did you know that Herefordís Bulmerís factory is the largest cider making factory in the world? It contains the worldís largest vat too Ė stainless steel tanks installed in 1975 hold 15 million gallons of cider! Thatís a hell of a student party.
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Did you know that for a brief period before WWI Dymock near Ledbury could call itself the epicentre of new English poetry? Rupert Brooke moved there in 1913, as later in the year did the American Robert Frost; Lascelles Abercrombie had been the first artistic arrival in the village two years earlier; John Drinkwater came with Brooke; and Wilfrid Gibson and Edward Thomas completed the group.

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Albert Gamage | Beryl Reid | David Garrick | Dora de Houghton Carrington | Edward Lane | George Newman | John Blashford-Snell (Col) | John Masefield | Nell Gwynn | Robert Welch | William Langland |

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It was easier to conquer it than to know what to do with it. - Horace Walpole
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Edgar the Peaceable Unites English Kingdoms - 0959, World's first railway inaugurated - 1604, First edition of the News of the World - 1843, First British Cable Car Opens - 1894, Kipling publishes Kim - 1901, Lawrence of Arabia Takes Damascus - 1918, 1st McDonalds opens in London - 1974, Toxteth Riots - 1985, Durham Pioneers Congestion Charge - 2002
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