Old Hyde

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

Wednesday, 23 September 2009

Aspland Maternity Home

I recently acquired some scans of photographs taken in the 1980s by Janet Howie.

The first I am posting is of Aspland Maternity Home on Higham Lane.

It opened in October 1931 and closed in November 1973.

According to an expats page on Manchester OnLine
The building on Lower Higher [sic] Lane, Gee Cross, was presented to the town of Hyde by the widow and son of Arthur Palmer Aspland, a leading figure in the industrial and social life of Hyde. The grounds were formally opened as a public park on 29th July 1922 before the house was converted into the maternity hospital. Staffed by a matron, two midwives, laundress, cook, two domestics, and a caretaker, there were only two small wards and 14 beds. ... The building was demolished in 1987 and the land sold to make room for private housing. Two stone pillars, which once stood on the driveway to Aspland were donated to Werneth Low Country Park, and were erected on the drive at the entrance to the park.
One of the stone pillars can be seen on a photograph I posted in April 2008 of the wall at the entrance to Lower Higham Visitor Centre.

I'll be posting several more of Janet's photographs over the coming weeks and months.


  1. Hi Gerald

    My sister-in-law (Janet) was born there in 1963. Her Mum didn't have a name picked and as she was delivered by the Matron there called Janet she was named after her. I am wondering if it is the same Janet who took the photograph?

    Wasn't it a lovely old building.

    Hope all is well.


  2. History and change is always interesting to some, its not always easy to know what attitudes stand in the way of progress, I can be rather conservative that way.

  3. My 3 brothers and one sister were all born there.. but I was not... I was born at home.. seems I wanted to make myentrance a bit to quick. :O)
    I did however play in the grounds and loved the 'old summer house' it had.
    As the home and grounds were left to the people of Hyde I was disapointed the land was lost to private expensive housing...

  4. Hi Gerald,

    Thank you for the lovely photo of Aspland Maternity Home. I was born there in 1950, but left Hyde when I was two; no wonder I love verandahs! Or it may be because I have spent most of my life in Queensland.

    Jos Le Voi.

  5. I came across my birth card from Asplands when my lovely Mum had me in 1962, so how lovely to look it up and see the picture of where i was born.I love looking back at old photos so thank you. From Jackie in Clacton on sea.

  6. Thank you for this picture of where i was born 9.2.1967 Jacqueline valerie Later ,My Mum was also name of Jacqueline Later at the time.

  7. Thank you for posting this photo and the information. I was born there in July 1953. I often wondered what it looked like. I love old houses, now I know why. Judith

  8. What a grand old building I was born there on 14/6/1943
    my father had a bakers shop in Hyde

  9. What a lovely place - I was born there on 22/02/1954 but was then taken away to an orphange as I was to be adopted. I am trying to find that orphange does anyone have any ideas please?

  10. Arthur Palmer Aspland was my 4th cousin 4 times removed!!

  11. Sharon Norma Hutchings26 April 2018 at 22:05

    I was born there on 5th June 1970,my cousin 9 months before on 7th September. Pity it was closed down


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