Cheltenham takes its name from the river Chelt, and is celebrated for its medicinal waters. It has been for the last sixty years one of the most elegant and fashionable watering places in England.
Droitwich is built on the banks of the river Salwarpe. It possesses a canal six miles in length, and capable of admitting vessels of 600 tons burden, and communicates with the river Severn. Its principal manufacture is that of fine salt, which is obtained by evaporating the water of brine springs which are more than 100 feet below the surface of the earth.
In the vicinity a little to our right is Westwood Park; the fine old Elizabethan seat of Sir J. Pakington, Bart., fourth in descent (by the mother’s side) from Sir Herbert Pakington, the “Sir Roger de Coverley” of Addison; also about a mile beyond Ombersley Park belonging to Lord Sandys, a descendant of Sandys, the poet, and Archbishop Sandys; it contains many old portraits.
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A cathedral city, capital of the county, on the Severn, and the Bristol and Birmingham Railway, 114 miles from London.
Hereford, stands at a military Ford on the Wye, which King Harold protected by a castle, the site of which, at Castle Green, is now occupied by the Nelson Column.