I am currently working through the edited script of The UK’s County Tops: Reaching the Top of 91 Historic Counties. I have got as far as Black Mountain, the highest point of Herefordshire, and for which my editor suggested I compile a ‘fact box’ on Lord Hereford’s Knob, a neighbouring mountain.
I was scouring the web for some clue to the origin of the name (it’s known rather blandly as Twmpa in Welsh) when I came across a rock band called Half Man Half Biscuit which named a song on one of their albums after Lord Hereford’s Knob. Take a look. I was highly amused. Very funny lyrics, a very clever video.
My favourite line? ‘I’m keeping two chevrons apart…’ And listen out for the grid reference of Lord Hereford’s Knob in the lyrics. Right, back to the script now – even if I still don’t know the origin of the name.