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Charter Trustees were appointed to preserve mayoral traditions until a civil parish council could be set up, which happened in 2000.Hereford is one of only eight civil parishes in England which have city status.

They withdrew on 1 September when they received news that a force led by King Charles was approaching.

The city was finally taken for Parliament on 18 December 1645 by Colonel Birch and Colonel Morgan.

Hereford was the name of a parliamentary constituency centring on the city, from 1295 to 2010, when it was renamed as Hereford and South Herefordshire.

The current member of the House of Commons for Hereford and South Herefordshire is Jesse Norman of the Conservative Party.

The Welsh name for Hereford is Henffordd, meaning "old road", and probably refers to the Roman road and Roman settlement at nearby Stretton Sugwas.