The Hibberts offices in Nantwich are now proudly displaying a new commemorative plaque to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II.
The commemorative plaque is part of a series across the historic town, which Nantwich Civic Society has been working on alongside local businesses and organisations such as Hibberts Solicitors. There are five new ones which have been installed on landmark buildings, in addition to the 11 plaques already in place across Nantwich.
Hibberts’ building is on the corner of Pillory Street and Hospital Street and used to be PH Chesters’ Store, a large grocery and general provisions store, which opened on the site in 1869. It was the largest grocery business in Nantwich in the early 1900s. In 1910, Pillory Street was widened so the building was demolished at that time.
The building which still stands today, and hosts Hibberts Solicitors, was built in 1911. It was designed by local man Ernest H. Edleston, of Bower & Edleston, a Nantwich firm of architects founded in 1854. He utilised a late 17th-century French Baroque style, maintaining the striking and imposing curved corner that gives it a unique visual impact within Nantwich’s town centre. The building is V-shaped and has 12 bays across Hospital Street and Pillory Street combined, with a further three on the curved corner.
It is now a listed building, and the most recent one for Nantwich, as well as the only listed building dating from after the Victorian period, so it is fitting that it is included in the latest installation of commemorative plaques. The other plaques have been located on Nantwich Civic Hall, Chatwins Bakery (formerly Ye Olde Wyche Theatre), Nantwich Museum and next to the town bridge on Welsh Row.
Hibberts Solicitors was itself established in 1799, 70 years before even the original Chester’s Store, and is proud to continue to be part of the history of Nantwich town centre.
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