This article in the Macclesfield Express includes the wonderful story of Hugh Robert Hibbert’s bravery in the Crimean war (the research for the article was done by historian, Dorothy Bentley-Smith). The beautiful sword that was presented to Major Hibbert was loaned to the Museum in Macclesfield by Mark Hibbert-Hingston, his great great grandson.
Hugh Hibbert later became a Colonel. He married F R Lee’s daughter Sarah, and came to live in Broadgate House, close to Manning’s Pit. You can read more about him and his family on our website. He was also famous for becoming Mayor of Barnstaple. He must surely have been an inspiring figure in the life of young Hector Hugh Munro (Saki) who lived across the road from Broadgate House.