Old Hyde

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

Sunday, 29 June 2008

Hyde Chapel, 1767

The present Hyde Chapel was built in 1846.

The first chapel on the site was built in 1708. It was extended in 1767. No picture of the original chapel is known to exist, but when we visited the recent Beatrix Potter Exhibition, we were shown this picture of the extended chapel. It was demolished following the completion of the new chapel, but the site can be made out in the present graveyard.

A look at the picture in situ can by found on Hyde Daily Photo.

Thursday, 26 June 2008

Coronation Bonfire on Werneth Low

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.

On the command of the King, the bonfire was lit and the celebrations went ahead on the original date as planned.

Wednesday, 25 June 2008

Wakes Week

This 1950s picture shows Hyde during Wakes Week.

Wakes Weeks were a tradition across the industrial North of England, especially Lancashire, Yorkshire and Cheshire. Each town had its own Wakes Weeks in June, July or August. Whole towns would virtually close down for one or two weeks. For large mills and factories it made more sense to close completely rather than allow workers to take their holidays at staggered times.

Many people went away to Blackpool, Morecambe, Southport and other destinations. For those that remained at home, there was usually a local fair to attend.

The tradition lived on well into the 1980s but has now largely been abandoned.

My other ABC Wednesday W posts this week are ~~ Well on Wych Fold at Hyde Daily Photo ~~ Wreck of the Riverdance at Ackworth born, gone West ~~ Windsurfer at Sithenah

To visit more ABC-Wednesday W posts go to Mrs. Nesbitt's Place.

Sunday, 22 June 2008

Godley Hill 1902

This is Godley Hill decorated to celebrate the coronation of Edward VII.

The coronation was set for 26th June 1902. Due to the King taking ill two days before, the ceremony was postponed until 9th August. At the King's insistance though most celebrations still went ahead on the original date.

Wednesday, 18 June 2008

Video Footage of Hyde 1947

Much Ado is George Wain's award winning amateur film, shot around the Gee Cross area of Hyde, about 1947. It includes Dowson Road, the Peak Forest Canal and a steam train on the Godley Junction to Apethorn railway line.

My other ABC Wednesday V posts this week are ~~ Village Fete at Hyde Daily Photo ~~ Vroom Vroom at Ackworth born, gone West ~~ Vintage Cars at Sithenah

To visit more ABC-Wednesday V posts go to Mrs. Nesbitt's Place.

Monday, 16 June 2008

Children's Day

In 1931 Hyde was celebrating fifty years of incorporation as a Borough. Children aged three to fifteen had been given a jubilee medal and some chocolate.

June 16th was declared Children's Day and some 4000 marched to the Town Hall to sing hymns and the National Anthem.

As can be seen by the plethora of umbrellas, it was not a sunny day.

Saturday, 14 June 2008

Godley Junction Marshalling Yard

This photograph was taken in March 1989 by Peter Whatley and is published here with his permission. It can also be viewed on the Geograph website.

There is a clear view on the right of where the track of the old line to Apethorn and Woodley branched off. This was where locomotive changes between electric and diesel traction took place.

In the distance you can see Hattersley Station.

Wednesday, 11 June 2008

Uplands Farm

This 1920s picture of Uplands Farm on Werneth Low features Violet Warner.

She and her husband lived there with her sister who was the wife of Wright Robinson, an active trade unionist who was Lord Mayor of Manchester 1941-42.

In the summer months they provided teas for ramblers and advertised by posting notices in rhyme on woodland trees.

My other ABC Wednesday U posts this week are ~~ Unity Inn Sign at Hyde Daily Photo ~~ Ulriken at Ackworth born, gone West ~~ Under the Pier at Sithenah

To visit more ABC-Wednesday U posts go to Mrs. Nesbitt's Place.

Wednesday, 4 June 2008

Throstle Bank

St George's Rowing Club was founded in 1883. The original boathouse was in a field by the Peak Forest Canal at Throstle Bank.

As well as some serious rowing, the club ran day trips to Romiley, Marple and Daisy Nook. After 1905 the HQ moved to a farm at Wood End.

My other ABC Wednesday T posts this week are ~~ Treacle Brow at Hyde Daily Photo ~~ Teithside Tree at Ackworth born, gone West ~~ Turnstone at Sithenah

To visit more ABC-Wednesday T posts go to Mrs. Nesbitt's Place.

Monday, 2 June 2008

Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II

Fifty-five years ago today on June 2nd, 1953 Queen Elizabeth II was crowned.

Hyde Town Hall was suitably decked out thus on Coronation Day.

Sunday, 1 June 2008

Corner Shop

The CDPB theme this month is "Corner Shop".

This shop on the corner of Croft Street and Railway Street is alas, no longer a shop but like so many has been converted into an ordinary house as you can see on Hyde DP.

To view thumbnails for all the other participants in this month's theme visit the CDPB portal
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