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Quotes and Anecdotes

In the 14th century babies in Herefordshire were baptised in cider, on the grounds that it was cleaner than water.

Frank Oz was born in Hereford. He was the voice of the Muppets’ Miss Piggy and Fozzy Bear, as well as Yoda in Star Wars.

Nell Gwyn (1650-1687) was one of the first generation of actresses and certainly the most celebrated. Her birthplace is uncertain, but there is a long-standing tradition that she was born in Hereford, in a house in Pipe Well Lane, later named Gwynne Street. 

William Gilpin undertook his Wye Tour in the summer of 1770. In his "Observations on the River Wye and several parts of South Wales, etc. relative chiefly to Picturesque Beauty".  Gilpin popularised the Wye as a must-see series of destinations and is now known as the birthplace of the the modern tourist industry.

Jesus Christ Superstar was born in Herefordshire – Creators Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber - battling out for that illusive hit were holed up in a small county hotel during the late 60s where they thrashed out the main body of what would become one of the most famous rock operas in history.

Thank you to the Hereford Times for this great anecdote click here for 10 more random Herefordshire facts

Did you know that Hereford’s Bulmer’s factory is the largest cider making factory in the world? It contains the world’s largest vat too – stainless steel tanks installed in 1975 hold 15 million gallons of cider! That’s a hell of a student party.

Did you know that under an old - and legend has it - un-repealed law it is it seems (in theory) legal to shoot a Welshman on a Sunday in Hereford, provided it’s with a longbow and within the Cathedral close? Which seems a trifle harsh, especially given the longbow was perfected by the Welsh. We strongly suggest you don’t test the law!

One in every 702,203 Americans is named HEREFORD, and what a great name it is too!

David Garrick the influential English actor, playwright, theatre manager and producer was born at the Angel Inn, Widemarsh Street in Hereford in 1716. A blue plaque marks the spot. Garrick was baptized at Herefords All Saints Church.

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