Ann Todd was an English actress best known as Gregory Peck’s wife in Alfred Hitchcock’s classic film The Paradine Case (1947).

Her third husband was the legendary director David Lean, for whom she appeared in three films, The Passionate Friends (1949), Madeleine (1950), and The Sound Barrier (1952).

She was born in Hartford in January 1907

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, 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 the village hall.

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 without winning any medals with the club.