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

Sunday, 1 November 2009

Alfred Woolley in his Shop Doorway

Denys Meakin sent me this photograph of his wife's great grandfather, Alfred Woolley, sitting outside his grocery store at 284 Stockport Rd, Gee Cross, around 1900.

This second photograph is probably ten to twenty years later and shows the premises on the corner of Knott Lane. Denys' wife lived next door at 286 Stockport Road until their marriage in 1959.

With two-foot-thick walls, it dates back to around 1750 and was one of the earliest buildings in Gee Cross. At one time, it was apparently a pub, The Beeston Castle.

In the forties and fifties, the shop was Johnny Graham's barber shop.

This third photograph is © Denys Meakin and taken in 2003. Compare it with my own photograph from 2008.

Today the CDPB theme is Doorways: Click here to view thumbnails for all participants.


  1. If doors could talk - what stories would it tell?!! Nice snap for theme day!

  2. I love the comparison of old and new photographs, Gerald. And you have included historical information to go with them.

    I like this as your Theme Day post.

  3. this was a fun post. great evolution of a doorway.

  4. Fantastic take on the theme. Love it.

  5. A great set of pictures and very interesting.... I used to have my hair cut of Johnny in the 1960s.... short back and sides..... and he would always give us kids a sweet... a nice old chap for sure.

  6. Hi Gerald...
    Just to let you know that a friend of mine who's mum still lives a few doors down Knott Lane and now lives in Ireland contacted me on Facebook about this.... he found the pictures very interesting.... and my mate John and his wife called round tonight. John as just got home from the Tern Alpher Oil Rig he also commented about this posting... John's job takes him all over the world fixing oil pipelines... whereever he is in the world he visits Hyde Daily and Old Hyde when ever he can. He said to tell you that he never comments but really enjoys and thanks you for your work on both blogs.

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