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Hereford is a cathedral city, civil parish and county town of Herefordshire, England. It lies on the River Wye, approximately 16 miles (26 km) east of the border with Wales, 24 miles (39 km) southwest of Worcester, and 23 miles (37 km) northwest of Gloucester.. With a population of 53,516 people, it is the largest settlement in the county..The name "Hereford" is said to come from the Anglo-Saxon "here", an army or formation of soldiers, and the "ford", a place for crossing a river.. If this is the origin it suggests that Hereford was a place where a body of armed men forded or crossed the Wye.. The Welsh name for Hereford is Henffordd, meaning "old road", and probably refers to the Roman road and Roman settlement at nearby Stretton Sugwas..An early town charter from 1189 granted by Richard I of England describes it as "Hereford in Wales".. Hereford has been recognised as a city since time immemorial, with the status being reconfirmed as recently as October 2000..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, including the famous Hereford B-reed..

After the Battle of Mortimer's Cross in 1461, during the Wars of the Roses, the defeated Lancastrian leader Owen Tudor (grandfather of the future Henry VII of England) was taken to Hereford by Sir Roger Vaughan and executed in High Town. A plaque now marks the spot of the execution. Vaughan was later himself executed, under a flag of truce, by Owen's son Jasper..During the civil war the city changed hands several times. On 30 September 1642 Parliamentarians led by Sir Robert Harley and Henry Grey, 1st Earl of Stamford occupied the city without opposition. In December they withdrew to Gloucester because of the presence in the area of a Royalist army under Lord Herbert. The city was again occupied briefly from 23 April to 18 May 1643 by Parliamentarians commanded by Sir William Waller but it was in 1645 that the city saw most action..Nell Gwynne, actress and mistress of King Charles II, is said to have been born in Hereford in 1650 (although other towns and cities, notably Oxford, also claim her as their own); Gwynn Street is named after Her..During World War I, in 1916, a fire at the Garrick Theatre killed 8 young girls who had been performing at a charity concet...

As with all of the UK, Hereford experiences a maritime climate, with limited seasonal temperature ranges, and generally moderate rainfall throughout the year. The nearest Met Office weather station for which 30-year averages are available is Preston Wynne weather station, about 5 miles (8 km) north east of the city centre.. Since 2001 a weather station at Credenhill, under 4 miles (6 km) to the west, has provided data..There have been plans for many years for a north–south bypass and currently the plan is for a nine-mile (14 km) dual carriageway; however, HM Government as yet has refused to grant permission or supply funds. Until then the A49 Trunk Road, A465, and A438 continue to run through the city centre..There is no airport in or near Hereford...RAF Hereford was a non-flying station of the Royal Air Force located nearby to Hereford. It was the home of a wide variety of training schools from 1940 until it closed for RAF training in 1999. Subsequently the Special Air Service (SAS) moved their base to there from its previous location in the City.. There is a clocktower in Hereford where the names of dead SAS men are inscribed..

Hereford is home of Hereford United Football Club, best known for beating Newcastle in the FA Cup in January 1972, when they were still a non-league side and Newcastle were in the top division of English football. They had a spell in the Football League from 1972 to 1997 reaching the second tier of English football in 1976, and were relegated to non-League status in 1997 before returning to beat Halifax Town A.F.C. 3–2 in the Nationwide Conference play-off final in 2005–06 to book a return to the Football League. They were again promoted, this time automatically, during the 2007–08 season, projecting them to this level of football for the first time since the late 1970s. As part of the regeneration of Hereford City Centre, the football club are renovating their ground..When he was nine, he was chosen for the junior school's football team. It was the first time he had succeeded, and he came to see football as his way out of poverty. He played in goal, which he writes suited the loner in him and gave him a sense of living on the edge between hero and villain..He met his 1st wife, Linda Atherton, in May 1971 at a dance at the Chesford Grange Hotel near Leamington Spa; she was working as a van driver for a Garage.. Despite often being in agony during training, he managed to play part-time for Hereford United – including in the first team when they were in the Fourth Division of the English Football League, and when they were promoted to Division 3 – before the pain in his joints forced him to retire in 1973 at the age of 21..He worked for 2 months in Saudi Arabia in 1975, helping them run their national football team; it was intended to be a longer-term position, but he missed his wife and new daughter so much that he decided not to return after his first holiday back to the UK..He and Linda were married on 30 September that year,4 months after they met.. A daughter was born in March 1975, followed by a son in December 1981 and another in November 1992..The spirit world was going to pass ideas to him, which he would speak about to others, sometimes not understanding the words himself. She said he would write 5 books in 3 years(=8)..What followed was what Icke calls his "turquoise bee period"..Now look, I once stood exposed to the Dragon's Breath so that a man could lie one night with a woman. It took me nine moons to recover..Herefordshire is 1 of only 3 English counties not to have a university.. However, until 77 Hereford was home to Hereford College of Education, a higher education institution ..The Royal National College for the Blind – One of the top colleges in Europe for blind and visually impaired students, and one of only 2 in Britain. ..Cathedral School – A co-educational independent school and 6th form, and a member of the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference.. The earliest existing records date from 1384 though it is likely that a school was associated with the cathedral from its foundation in the late 7th Century..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.. Annually it holds a large display of named cider apples, during the cider festival, when the apples are pressed in the Old Way.. It also contains the world famous Chained Library...Twin towns..Vierzon, France (1994)..Dillenburg, Germany... at the cake is like looking at the future, until you've tasted it what do you really Know-Merlin the magician brought you to me when you were newly born, and bade me raise you as my own.. And then, of course, it's too late..The Dragon. A beast of such power that if you were to see it whole and all complete in a single glance...

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