Hereford, our county town, is 30 minutes drive away and as I was there yesterday I went for a wander round the cathedral.
Here's a quick summary of its history:
696 - original church on the site founded
794 - Ethelbert, the King of the East Angles, visiting King Offa of Mercia (of Offa's Dyke fame), is murdered and his remains are interred in Hereford Cathedral - after his acclamation as a saint, the cathedral is dedicated to him jointly with the Virgin Mary.
1107-48 - the cathedral is re-built in Norman style and this is the earliest building visible today
c 1300 - Mappa Mundi, the only complete world map of its kind to have survived, is made and remains today in the cathedral museum
1538 - the Dissolution under Henry VIII leads to the removal of many of the cathedral's treasures
1611 - the Chained Library, the world’s largest surviving example, which is still in the cathedral, is created
1841–63 - major restorations of the cathedral.