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Thursday, 12 September 2019


Here are the 12 winning entries, which will appear in our 2020 calendar.

The 2 overall winners were Dave Spencer and Caroline Coleman.

Well done to all of you and thanks to everyone who submitted photos.

Sunday, 18 August 2019

Coach Trip to Baddeley Clinton - more details

The  Coach Trip to Baddesley Clinton on Wednesday 2nd October.

Baddesley Clinton is a medieval moated manor house in the Forest of Arden, some 15 miles south of Birmingham. It was the home of the Ferrers family for twelve generations but was taken over by the National Trust in 1980.

The coach will leave the bus stop by St John’s Church, on Chester Road at 9.15 a.m.

Thanks to a very kind gesture from the National Trust, Civic Society members will have free entry to the property. The trip will therefore cost just £16.50 which should pay for the coach and the driver’s tip.

Non-members of the society are very welcome but, unless they are members of the National Trust, will have to pay the group entry charge of £11 on top of the £16.50.   -  or they could join the society for £7.00!

The car park is about 100 yards from Visitor Reception.

On arrival we will be welcomed by a member of staff who will provide everyone with a ticket and an information leaflet. After that, you are free to roam at will.  There are volunteer guides in most of the rooms who will be happy to provide information about the fascinating history of the house and the people who have lived in it. It is suggested that you allow at least 45 minutes to explore the house. A visit to the Garden might take an hour but, if you have a particular interest in gardens, you may need longer. There is a vegetable garden, a lake, a stew pond, a walled garden and a nature trail.

The church contains the grave of Nicholas Brome who murdered a priest. We are advised to ask the volunteer in the Library for details of the murder and the grave.

The Barn Yard Restaurant is open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., is fully licensed and is run in Cafeteria style.

Toilets are located in the Barn Yard.

The coach will leave the car park to begin the return journey at 4 p.m.

Bookings can be made by Electronic Banking: Sort code 20-24-09  Account No. 30896608.  Account name – Hartford Civic Society

Or Payment by cheque (made out to Hartford Civic Society) and sent to Pat Hatfield, 378 Chester Road, Hartford, CW8 2AQ.

Enquiries about the trip should be made to 01606 882197 or 01606 74587.

Saturday, 13 January 2018


Hartford Civic Society is proud to announce its new library of more than one hundred hardbacks, paperbacks, booklets, brochures and CD-ROMs. 

The library items are owned by various Civic Society Trustees. The books cover a wide range of topics, from the history of Cheshire as a whole; the history of Northwich and its surrounding areas - including Hartford; the history of Brunner Mond and ICI and its links to this area; the salt industry in the area and more recent topics of interest.

For now, we are only allowing our books to be borrowed by Civic Society members, so if you are interested in what we have and are not a member, maybe you would like to join us.

To browse the library and borrow books, there is a link entitled "HCS LIBRARY" in the Local History section of the left hand menu on this web page. That link takes you to a page that contains the "Library Catalogue" link. This link takes you to a spreadsheet that lists all the books in the library.

There are four tabs at the foot of the spreadsheet:

INSTRUCTIONS tells you how to use the spreadsheet and how to borrow books.
LIBRARY lists all the books in the main section of the library. They are in date of publication sequence.
SALT lists a number of leaflets on the salt industry, which are also available for borrowing.
OTHERS lists a few special books which the owners would rather not lend out, but which can be viewed with the owner's permission.

The library will continue to grow as we obtain more books in the future. If you have any books you would be willing to donate or lend to the library, please contact our librarian, Geoff Wilde, at or 01606 74587.

We would also like to hear from members with their views on the library and of any ways we can improve the service. Again, contact Geoff.

Happy browsing!

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Cheshire Police Alerts

Cheshire Constabulary have introduced a new service, which will, among other things, alert residents to any suspicious activities in their area.

To quote from their web site:
"Cheshire Police Alert is the community messaging system brought to you by Cheshire Constabulary and servicing the whole of Cheshire.
By registering with Cheshire Police Alert, you receive news and appeals, local crime information and crime prevention advice - direct to you as an e-mail, mobile text or voice message.
Registering with this site is completely free, and not only allows you to receive messages about your local area, but also allows you to feed back information to your local policing teams to help them better police your neighbourhood."

To sign up for this service, use the following link to go to their web site: