Hereford City Heritage

The Mayor’s Chain

Aylestone Hill

In 939 Athelstan effected a treaty with the Welsh, by which they were compelled annually to pay twenty pounds in gold, three hundred in silver, and two hundred head of cattle, besides hawks and hounds; which tribute was commuted by Edgar in 966 to, one of three hundred wolves’ heads. The supposed scene of Athelstan’s treaty is a rising ground within a mile of the city, named after the monarch, Athelstan, but corrupted in pronounciation to Aylestone Hill.