Hereford and Worcester
was an English county created on 1 April 1974, by the Local
Government Act 1972 from the area of the former administrative
county of Herefordshire, most of Worcestershire (except Halesowen
and Stourbridge, which became part of the West Midlands) and the
county borough of Worcester. It aroused much opposition in the
Herefordshire portion, which regarded it as not so much of a merger
as a takeover by the Worcestershire side.