Back in 1974, the former counties of Herefordshire and Worcestershire were combined to form Hereford and Worcester county. Today the 2 original counties continue to maintain separate identities. The Malvern Hills divide Herefordshire from Worcestershire. Britain's longest river, the Severn runs through the county, as does the River Wye and the 30-mile Worcester to Birmingham Canal, built to facilitate the area's porcelain trade.
Hereford and Worcester's rural landscape, fishing and fresh air have attracted visitors ever since the Roman occupation of Britain. Popular attractions in the area are the Black Mountains along the Welsh border, the Malvern Hills (from the Celtic Moel-bryn< meaning Bare-Hill) and the Wye Forest.
The famous porcelain-making city of Worcester is the modern county administrative centre and it has a cathedral, Guildhall, Royal Porcelain Museum and factory, and the Civil War Centre. Composer Sir Edward Elgar was born in Worcester and he is commemorated in the city's Three Choirs Festival - held every three years, it is one of Europe's oldest choral events.
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