Old Hyde

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

Tuesday, 22 July 2008

Potter Family Grave

This is the Potter family grave in the grounds of Hyde Chapel where lie buried the parents and grandparents of Beatrix Potter.

Click on the photograph for an enlarged view.

Beatrix was the daughter of Helen and Rupert and was born on 28th July 1866 at their London home. Her paternal grandfather, Edmund Potter was a successful cotton manufacturer with mills at Dinting, near Glossop, a radical MP, and a friend of Cobden and Bright. Her maternal grandmother, Jane Leech was from another prominent local Unitarian family, the Ashtons of Hyde and was the sister of Thomas Ashton of Pole Bank Hall and the first Mayor of Hyde. She married John Leech in 1832. They had eight children (two of whom died in infancy) and it was their daughter Helen who was Beatrix Potter's mother.

See Hyde Daily Photo for a view of the tombstone in situ.

Wednesday, 16 July 2008

Hett's Sweet Shop

Hett's Sweet Shop was next to the Hippodrome Cinema on Clarendon Street.

It was situated where Borough Arcade now cuts through.

The Hippodrome closed in the 1960s and was re-opened by Morecambe & Wise as a Supermarket.

Tuesday, 15 July 2008

Zion Congregation

The original Zion school and chapel was opened in 1847. It consisted of two storeys with the chapel above the school and was enlarged in 1859.

The large building on Peel Street, pictured above, was opened in April 1899. One hundred years later it was replaced by the modern new Zion Church which opened in 2000.

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

Sunday, 6 July 2008

Reverend Dowson

Henry Enfield Dowson was born November 23rd, 1837 and died August 20th 1925. He became the minister of Hyde Chapel in 1867 and served for 51 years.

He gave his name to Dowson Road as well as other places in the town.

So revered and respected was he that he lies buried not in the graveyard but inside the chapel.

His bust can be seen on Hyde Daily Photo.

Saturday, 5 July 2008

Under the Limelight

Earlier I showed Hyde Town Hall decorated for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953.

Go back to the 1937 coronation and we see the Town Hall under the limelight.

On Hyde Daily Photo today is a close-up view of the clock.

Wednesday, 2 July 2008

X-country Race

Hyde Grammar School Cross Country Race 1949, filmed by George Wain.

My other ABC Wednesday X posts this week are ~~ X marks the spot at Hyde Daily Photo ~~ Xercise blocks at Ackworth born, gone West ~~ X-stiles at Sithenah

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