Hartford faces and spaces

Find out about some of Hartford’s famous people and events. 

Ann Todd

Ann Todd was a truly impressive individual who made a name for herself as an accomplished actress. Born on 24 January 1907 in Hartford, Todd appeared in many film productions during the 1930s and 1940s, including an Academy Award-nominated turn in ‘The Seventh Veil’, the Alfred Hitchcock-directed ‘The Paradine Case’ and ‘The Sound Barrier’, as well as ‘The Passionate Friends’. Todd also had starring roles in high-profile theatre productions, including ‘The Deep Blue Sea’ and ‘The Heiress’. Todd also had starring roles in several high-profile theatre productions, including ‘The Deep Blue Sea’ and ‘The Heiress’.

Todd was also known for her philanthropic efforts and her work with underprivileged children and disadvantaged communities. In recognition of her charitable work, Todd was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1970. This remarkable actress passed away on 6 May 1993, in London, leaving behind an incredible legacy.

The Albemarle Bomber

Flying low over Hartford on 15 April 1944, an Albemarle bomber crashed into the wall at the end of the drive to Grange Farmhouse, tragically killing all but one of its five-man crew.

One of them, Hartford’s Sgt Aubrey Gerald Crowe, is remembered on the plaque unveiled by Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire David Briggs and Gerry’s granddaughter, Christine Falland, at a Remembrance ceremony in 2015 (pictured). Councillor Phil Herbert has produced a book with more information. This can be read, by appointment, at Hartford Village Hall.

Picture of blue plaque unveiling

Lal Hilditch

Clarence George “Lal” Hilditch was an English footballer, and one of only two men to have been simultaneously a player and the manager at Manchester United (the other being Ryan Giggs).

A stalwart in the United team for over a decade, he played 322 league games, scoring 7 league goals before retiring in 1932.

Picture Lal Hilditch