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.
County of Herefordshire
"Pulchra terra Dei donum"
("This fair land is the gift of God")
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Established||1 April 1998|
|Established by||Local Government Commission for England|
|Preceded by||Hereford and Worcester|
|Time zone||UTC±00:00 (Greenwich Mean Time)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+01:00 (British Summer Time)|
|Members of Parliament||List of MPs|
|Police||West Mercia Police|
|Lord Lieutenant||Edward Harley OBE|
|High Sheriff||Mrs Patricia Thomas (2020–21)|
|Area||2,180 km2 (840 sq mi)|
|• Ranked||26th of 48|
|Population (2005 est.)||178,800|
|• Ranked||45th of 48|
|Density||82/km2 (210/sq mi)|
|Ethnicity||White 98.2%, Asian 0.8%, Mixed 0.7%, Black 0.2%, Other 0.1%|
|Area||2,179 km2 (841 sq mi)|
|• Ranked||7th of 326|
|• Ranked||94th of 326|
|Density||86/km2 (220/sq mi)|
It is pronounced ['herəfədʃə] (i.e. first syllable as in "herring", and -e- a separate syllable).
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.
- "No. 62943". The London Gazette. 13 March 2020. p. 5161.
- "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%