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

Thursday, 1 April 2010

Red Pump Street

Aiken's "Forty Miles Round Manchester," published in 1795, says:
Near the commencement of the Eastern Horn of Cheshire, which runs up into the wild country bordering on Yorkshire and the Peak of Derbyshire, is Hyde Chapel, or, as it is now called, Gee Cross. The chapel is a Dissenting place of worship. About 25 years ago there was only one house besides; now the place looks like a little town, and forms a continued street of nearly a mile; near it is Red Pump Street, a new village lately built by Mr. Sidebotham.
In a work entitled "Cheshire; or, Original Delineations: Topographical, Historical, and Descriptive of that County: the result of personal survey by E. W. Brayley and J, Briton, published in 1818, this passage occurs:
Hyde Chapel, or Gee Cross as it is now generally denominated, is a small village which obtained its primary name from a chapel for Dissenters, which, with a solitary house, were the only structures here till within these 40 years. The place now resembles a small town, and the houses range along each side of the road for nearly a mile; near it is a new milage lately built and called Red Pump Street.
The name Red Pump Street (which was given to a row of, cottages built by Mr. Hegginbottom, and not by Mr. Sidebotham, as Aiken states) was the name by which modern Hyde was first known. Later, we find the name of Hyde Lane (the principal road from Red Pump Street to Gee Cross) used to designate the growing village. Finally, with the increase of the population, the name of the township seems to have become generally used.

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  1. Do you know where exactly Red Pump St was?


  2. Strange name for a strange place.

  3. Red Pump Street was I think towards the bottom of Hyde Lane...

    I also think what were knows as Ten Houses' were the very houses talked about here... the were situated nearby the botton exit of what is now Hyde Bus Station... on the left hand side of the road looking up to the Town Hall.

    Great picture to go with this post.

  4. Hi again Gerald...
    I have just been looking at some book and stuff and came across this snippet..
    "Hyde Chapel was the first church to be erected in 1708. Previously, worshippers had to cross the River Tame to Denton or walk to Stockport. At this time Hyde consisted of a few scattered farms and a cluster of ten houses on Red Pump Street (now known as Market Street)!"

    I am sure these house were situated where Harold Shipman had his surgery but set a bit further back. At one time there was a pub in Hyde that took the name of 'Ten Houses' It was known before that as The Railway.. the building is still there by the side of the telephone exchange across from ASDA... I think it is an Engineering Workshop now. In fact Jane had her 21st birthday party in there...

    I have kept Ian on my mind all day and mentioned it to many... I have show them the linkand told them to watch out for Ians walk... I put the link to the Polices missing person page on my Facebook... I will not post on top of this until Ian turns up Gerald...

  5. Marjorie Robinson has just contacted me to say "Your photo of Red Pump Street is of Hyde Market. Red Pump Street was a row of a few very old cottages near what is now Hyde Bus station, in the row where Shipman's surgery was. I remember them well. When I was small one of them was a wool shop and my mother often took me in when she went to buy wool. Pity there are no photos of them, but your photos of Old Hyde bring back many memories"

    Thank's Marjorie for your comment


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