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county, 842 sq mi (2,181 sq km), W central England, on the Welsh border; adminstratively, it is a unitary authority (since 1998). Herefordshire has an undulating terrain, which reaches its greatest height in the Black Mts. and Malvern Hills. The chief rivers are the Wye, the Teme, and the Frome. The largely agricultural county is famous for its orchards and Hereford cattleHereford cattle
, breed of beef cattle originated in Herefordshire, England, and thought to be descended from the primitive cattle of the country. They are medium-to-large, deep-bodied, thick-fleshed animals with white faces and white markings.
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Herefordshire was the scene of border warfare with the Welsh in the Middle Ages, and there are many ruins of castles and fortifications, the most remarkable of which is Offa's DykeOffa's Dyke,
ancient entrenchment of W England and E Wales, from the Dee estuary to near the estuary of the Wye River. It was built in the 8th cent. by Offa, king of Mercia, as a barrier against the Welsh and lies mainly along the England-Wales boundary.
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 (8th cent.). In 1974, Herefordshire was combined with almost all of Worcestershire to form the nonmetropolitan county of Hereford and Worcester, but in 1998 the counties were again separated.


a county of W England: from 1974 to 1998 part of Hereford and Worcester: drained chiefly by the River Wye; agricultural (esp fruit and cattle). Administrative centre: Hereford. Pop.: 176 900 (2003 est.). Area: 2180 sq. km (842 sq. miles)
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Covering the whole region from the county of Herefordshire to the borough of Coventry, Ms Atkins will also work with local recycling organisations to help get additional services into new areas to make it easier for SMEs to recycle their waste.
Appropriately, Pritchard achieved the landmark at his local meeting, run by the Ledbury Hunt and held at Maisemore Park in Gloucestershire, just a few miles from his home at Eastnor in the adjoining county of Herefordshire.
PETER Mandelson took his seat in the House of Lords this week as Baron Mandelson of Foy in the county of Herefordshire.
The county of Herefordshire is poised to hold its first Festival of Walking in a bid to boost the flagging fortunes of its tourist industry.
2013 the contract is open for use by "other Contracting Authorities delivering Services within the County of Herefordshire such as NHS Herefordshire CCG.
The Contract may also be used by other NHS Contracting Authorities delivering services within the county of Herefordshire.
Today the new Business Secretary will take his seat in the Lords as Baron Mandelson of Foy in the county of Herefordshire and Hartlepool in the county of Durham.