Herefordshire place-names

From International Robin Hood Bibliography
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Full name Herefordshire
Abbreviation Heref
Coordinate 52.08467, -2.732195
Area (1801) 2164.35189 km2[1]
Population (1801) 88436[1]
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Localities named after Robin Hood (or members of his band) in Herefordshire. Click cluster marker for locality markers. Click locality marker for link to page. Historical county boundary co­ordi­nates provided by the Historic Counties Trust.
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Robin Hood's Butts (Canon Pyon) (1)¤1802|Robin Hood's Butts (Canon Pyon) (2)¤1802|Robin Hood Field (Sellack)¤1840|

By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2018-02-12. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2022-05-27.


County description

The Historic Counties Trust describes Herefordshire as follows:

Herfordshire is only English county wholly west of the Severn. It is also possibly England's most rural county. Indeed it is said that outside Hereford and Leominster the population has not increased since the Middle Ages. The hills are rugged green pasture, with deep river valleys along which the shire's villages are found. The foothills of Brecknockshire's Black Mountains begin in western Herefordshire, some standing at 2,000 feet. East of them the land comes in a number of great northwest-southeast folds, including the famous Golden Valley. The very east of the county rises into the whaleback of the Malvem Hills, forming the border with Worcestershire. The major river of Herefordshire is the Wye, which runs from Clifford next to the bounds of Radnorshire down to Hereford then writhes toward Ross-on-Wye before running out of the county. The Wye in its lower Herefordshire reaches is a broad, calm stream passing fields and hamlets. There are still coracle fishermen on the Wye. Herefordshire is famous for its "black and white villages" of pied half-timbered cottages. The City of Hereford, on the Wye, is dominated by its imposing mediæval cathedral, out of proportion to the small city itself; an impressive edifice to the glory of God in the midst of a land shaped by His hand.

Main Towns: Bromyard, Goodrich, Kington, Ledbury, Leominster, Hereford, Ross-on-Wye, Weobley.
Main Rivers: Wye, Frome, Lugg, Teme.
Highlights: Hereford Cathedral; Church of St Mary & St David, Kilpeck; Symonds Yat; Prospect Gardens, Ross-on-Wye; Eastnor Castle.
Highest Point: Black Mountains, 702.87 m.
Area: 2157.46 km.[2]


19th Century

3 Robin Hood-related place-names first documented in the 19th century.

All localities

3 Place-names and localities.

Place-name clusters

1 Cluster of Robin Hood place-names, localities with local traditions, literary locales etc.

Place-names of doubtful relevance

About 4 km east-southeast of Hereford and just south of Prior's frome is a Marian's Hill, but there is no apparent connection with Maid Marian, and the existence of a Joanshill Farm c. 1 km southeast of the hill argues against it.[3]

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