Ilkeston Cam On Tour - Hereford
w/e 27 July 2003

Wye Bridge

It must be 30 years or more since we were last in Hereford and that was not the happiest of occasions as we had made the trip to visit some relatives who had been seriously injured in a motor car accident. So I thought it was time to lay the ghost and planned our return route from our holiday in Wales to pass through the city. In doing so we crossed over this 15th century six-arched stone bridge on the River Wye.
Bridge Street

The city is steeped in history and the road from the Wye Bridge leads, quite naturally into Bridge Street, where timbered buildings provide even more evidence of its longevity.
King Street

As we approached the Cathedral, a right turn into King Street revealed more timbered frontages sandwiched between buildings of a more recent construction.
Broad Street

And at the end of King Street, a glance down Broad Street shows that Hereford is also a city of today with expanses of glass, brick and concrete.
 Hereford Cathedral

But from here too, the central tower of the Cathedral dominates all the surrounding architecture. The tower itself is of the 14th century but the Cathedral dates from the 12th although it has been much altered in later years.
Entrance Porch

The Mappa Mundi, a map of the world drawn circa 1300, lies within the Cathedral as does a chained library containing nearly 1500 books. Each book is attached by a chain to rods on 17th century oak bookcases. Unfortunately the entrance porch was as close as I got, as parking restrictions and a need to continue our journey home prevented any further exploration of Hereford. Hopefully it won't be another 30 years before a return visit.

There is obviously much more to Hereford than I have been able to cover here but if you would like to know more about the Cathedral, the Mappa Mundi or the history of the city, there is an excellent web site at

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