Old Hyde

Old Hyde
Pole Bank 1910 ----------------------------------------------------------Town Hall 1937 --------------------------------------------- Cenotaph 1990

Saturday, 23 August 2008

Godley East 1989


This photograph of Godley East Station, taken on 24th March 1989 by Peter Whatley and reproduced here with permission, appears on the Geograph site with the description
At one time, the trackbed to the left was the main route for Yorkshire coal to Fiddlers Ferry electricity generating station via Woodhead. Godley Junction was the point at which electric traction gave way to diesel. Changes in coal flows and the expense of traction changes at both ends of the journey led inexorably to the Woodhead route's closure in 1981. Godley Junction had no rationale as a passenger station and was replaced by a new station simply named Godley, but pending formal closure proceedings was renamed Godley East and served by a handful of trains on weekdays to fulfil legal requirements.
Today's picture on Hyde Daily Photo shows the present view as seen with a zoom lens from Hattersley Station.

Saturday, 9 August 2008

Church Inn, 1902



The coronation of Edward VII was set for 26th June 1902.

On Werneth Low, a bonfire was built.

Two days before the ceremony, the King was taken ill and the actual coronation postponed until 9th August.

The bonfire went ahead as planned as did celebrations at Godley Hill.

This was the scene outside the Church Inn.

The last time I saw any celebrations at the Church Inn was in 2006 when England were playing in the World Cup.

Later that year it closed down and reopened as Tylers but before long it became another dead pub.

Recently it has opened again under the name Route 66.

Friday, 1 August 2008

Automasters 1980


The City Daily Photoblog network theme for today is Metal.

The word makes me think of heavy engineering and in Hyde the one name that comes to the fore is Automasters. Their works on the banks of the Peak Forest Canal closed down in recent years.

This is how the works looked at its peak in the 1980s.

You can view thumbnails from over 180 participants to the theme on the CDPB portal.
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