Youngsters in Hartford to commemorate favourite village sites

The blue signs in Hartford village

The blue signs in Hartford village

First published in News Northwich Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

HARTFORD Parish Council is asking youngsters in the village to help commemorate their favourite thing about the area

Hartford Parish Council has been marking historical sites across the village with a series of blue plaques since last year.

The English Heritage scheme is supported by Hartford Civic Society and has come after English Heritage listed sites of national importance, with fourteen of them falling in Hartford.

The sites were Cattle tunnel, Kindergarten building, Church of St John, The Beeches and Hartford Beach, Turnpike milepost, Barn west of Brown Heath Farmhouse, Barn west of Hodge Lane Farmhouse, Hodge Lane Farmhouse, Riddings, Hartford Hall Hotel, The Hollies, Front wall and steps to Whitehall, Whitehall, and Railway Viaduct.

The Parish Council is now launching a competition for anyone between the ages of 10 and 16, living in Hartford Parish.

The competition asks for youngsters to produce a plaque design of their favourite place, person or story about Hartford.

Entrants are asked to submit entries on a sheet of A4 paper, with their name, age and contact details on the back, before Saturday, September 6, at the Post Office.

Pat Hatfield, from Hartford Civic Society, said: “The society hopes that all residents will help with this huge project, but is hoping first to engage the village's younger residents.

“Accordingly the society is inviting all our ten to sixteen year olds to take part in a competition, to choose sites for Hartford's own Heritage List.

“There will be a prize for each age group and we hope that at least one suggestion will be realised in the form of a 'blue plaque’ and fixed in place at the chosen site.”

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