Old Hyde

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

Wednesday, 14 October 2009

The Lumn

This image is from The Annals of Hyde according to which
Probably the oldest house in Hyde is "The Lumn" homestead of the Shepleys. Purchased in 1612 from Sir Uryan Legh, of Adlington, "The Lumn" estate became the property of Richard Shepley, whose direct descendants continue to hold it. This estate is said to have received its somewhat uncommon cognomen from the fact that the homestead erected thereon was then the only house near that boasted a chimney. On that account it was named "The Lumn."
Precisely where it was located I don't know but the name survives in Lumn Road which runs from Mottram Road to Stockport Road, a length of which can be seen on Hyde Daily Photo.


  1. Some Hyde folk might remember the frame work of the roof of this building and not even realise what it was..... In was in a field near to Hyde Uniteds football ground and Leigh Street School yard at the bottom of what was known as Tinkers Passage.. The chuck framed roof was resting in the grass and generations of children climbed and played on it. The roof ridge was lost under ground in years of mud and leaf litter... the side supports or joist pointed skywards.. these joist were bowed. What everyone thought for yesrs was this was an up-turned boat.... it was even known as as 'The Ark' when I was at school... I remember it being there in the 1970's as I myself have climbed and played there. I was in fact talking about this just last week with an old School Friend.
    I have also heard that the oak timbers were made into furnitures for something or other... Hyde Poet 'James Leigh' live around this area as well.... before moving to a shop on Riddling Lane.

  2. I love historical buildings. It's such a pity that many of them just disappear to make place for less interesting ones.
    So you were also in New Zealand! Perhaps you had the same guide we had in 2005! We also saw some of the locations where the Lord of the Rings was shot.

  3. Thank you so much for showing me the link to your NZ account! I enjoyed reading it. You must have had terrible weather. Waterfalls that were blown backwards must have been quite an impressive sight. Did you also go to the glow worm caves? I thought that one of the most beautiful events. The children were very much impressed by the helicopterflight to the glaciers. They are not used to snow and on top of the glacier they could play in the snow!As soon as I have time I am going to read the rest of your account on NZ. Thank you once more!

  4. The Lumn was located in front St Thomas Church bordered by Tom Shepley St, Orchard St and Lumn Road. It was demolished 1912 and biuilt on. Pictures are on TMBC local history lib photo selection. The 'ark' was a ship on thed 'vicarage' waste land at the side of Leigh Street School. It was a yaght brought up and put on the land in the 50's. I remember it as a ship part derelict ut you could climb in the hull. There was other machinary like laths drills on the waste land dumped and a rope swing. Them were the days! hTom S at

  5. How interesting. I have an enormous and quite ugly chair that belonged to my grandfather. His name was James Shepley Middleton. On the back of the chair is carved:
    James Lee made this chair 1855
    This timber came out of Lum Hyde Built in 1509
    Bought of Lee of Adlington in 1612
    Good old oak
    The story, as little as I can remember, was that there were three items of furniture made from the timber, a table, a chest, and this chair. These were passed to different branches of the family.


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