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Herefordshire is a historic 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 preserved counties of Gwent to the south-west and Powys to the west. Hereford is a cathedral city and the county town; with a population of approximately 50,000 inhabitants it is also the largest settlement.
From 1974 to 1998, Herefordshire was part of the former non-metropolitan county of Hereford and Worcester. In 1996 Herefordshire was reconstituted both as a new district and as a new county. This established Herefordshire as a unitary authority on the 1st April 1998, combining county and district functions into a single council. The county is one of the most rural and sparsely populated in England. Major settlements in the county include Hereford, which is the county town and Herefordshire's only city, as well as the towns of Leominster, Ledbury, Ross-on-Wye, Kington and Bromyard.
The city of Hereford is a cathedral city, civil parish and county town of Herefordshire. It lies on the River Wye, approximately 16 miles (26 km) east of the border with Wales, 21 miles (34 km) southwest of Worcester, and 23 miles (37 km) northwest of Gloucester. It is the largest settlement in the county. Hereford Cathedral dates from 1079 and contains the Mappa Mundi, a medieval map of the world dating from the 13th century which was restored in the late 20th century. It also contains the world famous Chained Library. It is now known chiefly as a trading centre for a wider agricultural and rural area. Products from Hereford include: cider, beer, leather goods, nickel alloys, poultry, chemicals and cattle.
Most employment in Herefordshire is in agriculture, manufacturing and services. Cargill Meats and H.P Bulmers are two of the largest employers. Bulmers is famous for its ciders including the UK market leader Strongbow.
Probably Herefordshire's most famous export is its beef cattle; Hereford cattle. Herefords are docile but extremely hardy creatures and these attributes have led to their proliferation across the world, particularly the US, South America and Australia. The county is famous for its apple and pear orchards, and its cider. There are many orchards around the county but not as many as there once were.
The M50, one of the first motorways to be built in the UK, runs through the south of the county and, with the A40 dual carriageway, forms part of the major route linking South Wales with Gloucester, Oxford and London. Train lines offer god links to Manchester as well as to North and South Wales. Hereford is the western end of the Cotswold Line which runs via Worcester with through services to Oxford and London and to Birmingham. Birmingham, Cardiff and Bristol are the nearest international airports.
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