Longtown, Herefordshire

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View of Longtown from the ridge of the Black Mountains
Longtown is located in Herefordshire
 Longtown shown within Herefordshire
Population 543 
Unitary authority Herefordshire
Ceremonial county Herefordshire
Region West Midlands
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Hereford
Postcode district HR2
Dialling code 01873
Police West Mercia
Fire Hereford and Worcester
Ambulance West Midlands
EU Parliament West Midlands
UK Parliament Hereford and South Herefordshire
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Coordinates: 51°57′07″N 2°58′59″W / 51.952°N 2.983°W / 51.952; -2.983

Longtown is a linear village and parish in Herefordshire, England. The parish includes the village of Clodock and had a population in mid-2010 of 543.[1]


Longtown is located 10 miles (16 km) north east of Abergavenny and 14 miles (23 km) south west of Hereford on the eastern edge of the Black Mountains, Wales, part of the Brecon Beacons National Park.


Longtown has an early Norman motte and bailey castle, Longtown Castle, and is so named because the settlement today is strung out along the lowland / winter road connecting Hay-on-Wye with the Abergavenny to Hereford road.

Before 1536 Longtown was in the marcher lordship of Ewyas. Until 1866 it was a chapelry in the large ancient parish of Clodock (until 1852 in the diocese of St. David's). It then became a separate civil parish.[2]


Longtown Mountain Rescue based in nearby Abergavenny originated from staff of the Longtown Outdoor Centre in 1965 and are still ready to rescue people in difficulties on the upland ridges or lonely valleys of the Black Mountains in all seasons.[3]


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