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The cathedral city of Hereford is the county town of Herefordshire, England. The city lies on the River Wye and is roughly 15 miles from the border with Wales and 25 miles to the south west of Worcester. The city has its origins in Anglo-Saxon times where and army or group of soldiers "here" used the place to cross the river "ford". In Welsh, Hereford, means "old road" and refers to the Roman road and settlement at nearby Stretton Sugwas.
Today, Hereford is known as a trading centre for the areas rural areas around the city. This trade centres around the city's cattle market. The city is known for a number of products including cider, beer, leather goods, poultry, chemicals and cattle, including the famous Hereford breed.
Visitors to Hereford can take in the splendour of The Old House which is an historic black and white house in the centre of High Town which is a museum about life in the Jacobean era of the 1600's when the house was built. The Hereford Museum and Art gallery which is located in a Victorian Gothic building contains many artifacts, fine art and decorative art associated with the city and surrounding area.
Located in the north east of England, the city of Durham is a cathedral city and has a Norman Castle dating from 1073. During the medieval period the city gained spiritual prominence because it was the final resting place of Saint Cuthbert and Saint Bede the Venerable. The shrine of Saint Cuthbert, situated behind the High Altar of Durham Cathedral, was the most important religious site in England until the martyrdom of St Thomas Becket at Canterbury.
The old commercial section of the city encompasses the peninsula on three sides, following the River Wear. The peninsula was historically surrounded by the castle wall extending from the castle keep and broken by two gatehouses to the north and west of the enclosure. After extensive remodeling by the Victorians the walls were removed with the exception of the gatehouse which is still standing on the Bailey.
The whole of the centre of Durham is designated a conservation area which was first designated in 1968, and was extended in 1980. In addition to the Cathedral and Castle, Durham contains over 630 listed buildings, 569 of which are located within the city centre conservation area.