"The history of the world is the record of a man in quest
of his daily bread and butter” .
Hendrik Wilhelm van Loon
From the start of Hardy & Co. in 1990, Charles and Sandra have produced a range of excellent continental truffles and other chocolate products under their Freudenberg brand.
Charles is the third generation of his family to be involved in the confectionery industry. Like his father and grandfather before him, Charles was a director of squirrel Horn PLC based in Stockport.
1994 Hardy & Co. expanded from purely wholesaling into retailing with the opening of the Old Fire Station Chocolate Shop at No.54 High Street, Tarporley and The Chocolate Box at Blakemere Craft Centre, Sandiway. In 2002 No. 39 Castle Street, Llangollen was purchased and opened as The Old Tailors Chocolate Shop.
In 2006 No.52 High Street, Tarporley was purchased. No.52 is double the size of No.54 and the chocolate and confectionery retail business was transferred to No.52. In the spring of 2007 No.54 was converted into a coffee shop.
The Tarporley Fire Service were stationed at No.54 High Street from 1957 until 1993. The Tarporley Fire Brigade, founded in 1866 was one of the first volunteer fire brigades in England. Before 1957 the brigade was housed in Park Road behind the old Police Station. The original Fire Station is now a fascinating Fire service museum. In 1992 the fire service moved to a purpose built fire station in Birch Heath Road.
"History never looks like history when you are living through it.” John W. Gardner