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Hartford, Whitegate and Vale Royal - author R M Bevan

There are very few books that deal with Hartford and its past but this excellent and superbly illustrated edition will be a delight to anybody interested in the history of the area or perhaps exploring their roots. The photographs alone are worth the price of the book and the historical facts and accounts are a real bonus.

The publishers also have a number of other books available dealing with local towns, villages, great families and historical events - please see their website for a full list.

"This outstanding new book is the latest in C.C. Publishing’s ‘Times Past’ series. Hardback, 110 pages with over 170 photographs it takes readers on a nostalgic journey from the historic founding of Vale Royal Abbey through to the 20th century places and faces of Hartford and Whitegate. Along the way a few myths and legends are debunked and the author relates numerous fascinating stories.

How about the abbey grange linked to George Washington and the American War of Independence? Or what of Napoleon’s coronation sword and Whitegate? Then there’s Field Marshall Montgomery and Hartford; Princess Margaret’s paramour; and the local hostelry that may have inspired a Dickens’ classic. Vale Royal Abbey and the Cholmondeley family, their lives and loves and nationhood on another continent, have united the villages of Hartford and Whitegate and provide an intriguing backdrop.

The photographs, amassed by the author over many years, are astonishing, especially those depicting the construction of Hartford ‘Blue Bridge’ and Northwich bypass. Further downstream old Hartford Locks and Marshall’s Arm are featured, whilst the railway illustrations centred upon Hartford Station and Whitegate Station are veritable gems. A book to treasure."

Price £10.95 either from Hartford Post Office or direct from the publishers.
Postage free in the UK. Overseas buyers please contact the publishers for cost of postage.
Publishers Address:
CC Publishing
Martins Lane
CH3 7RX 

Telephone: 0 (044) 1829 741651


ISBN 978-0-949001-40-5

Hartford Civic Society gratefully acknowledges the kind permission by CC Publishing to reproduce a small number of photographs from the book on this website.