Hibberd’s Cordials

Charles Hibberd’s mineral water business was started at the rear of the butcher’s shop of his uncle, Moses Hibberd, 86 High Street, in the early 1860s. On the double doors to the side archway, the signage read ‘C. Hibberd’s Soda Water, Ginger Beer and Lemonade Manufactory’.

The mineral water business thrived and manufacture was soon moved to premises in West Street, close to where Charles lived with his wife Eleanor and four children at 10 North Street. By the turn of the century, the business seems to have expanded such as to justify a further move, this time to occupy the old school building on the corner of West Street and North Street, visible in the middle of the picture with its gothic windows.

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