Hereford, in the
West Midlands, is a small city close to the Welsh border. Situated
in the county of Herefordshire, the city lies on the River Wye and
has a population of over 50,000 people.
The standout landmark in Hereford is the Hereford Cathedral. The
cathedral dates back to the 11th century and is most notable for
containing a medieval map of the world called the Mappa Mundi.
In addition to the spectacular cathedral, there are several other
buildings on the grounds including the remains of the original
Chapter House. Other buildings include The College, The Deanery and
The Bishop's Palace.
Most of modern day Hereford's trading comes from rural and
agricultural industries like cattle, beer, cider, poultry and
leather. Many of the city's biggest employers are also based around
these industries including Bulmers Cider, Sun Valley Foods and
Hereford's most well known sports team is Hereford United Football
Club. The team, who play at Edgar Street, currently play in Football
League 2. Nicknamed The Bulls, the team are best known for their
memorable defeat of Newcastle United in the 1972 FA Cup third round.
The city also has successful cricket and rugby teams (although these
are not as famous as the football club) and the Hereford Rowing Club
who practice on the River Wye.
Students in Hereford have the choice of five main colleges including
the Hereford College of Technology, the Hereford College of Art and
the Hereford Sixth Form College.
Although there is no university in Hereford (or Herefordshire) there
are several popular universities close by to Hereford including
Gloucestershire and Worcester.
There are several cultural festivals and events in Hereford
including the Three Choirs Festival that can be dated back to 1719.
The festival is one of the oldest music festivals in all of Europe
and is held in alternate years with Gloucester and Worcester.
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