Harry Rutherford's
Festival of Britain Mural

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Newton Mill, Bridge Set Information Request.

We've been contacted by a chap called Matthew with a request for help...  hopefully one of our readers worked at the mill and can provide some information.

Over To Matthew

I have been scouring the web and pestering playing card "experts" about this for a week now, to no avail.

I am attaching some photographs.

From what I have discovered since emailing you, it looks like "Romney Series" was a brand of stationery etc. by Newton Mill, produced between the 1930s and 1950s and it looks as if they assembled bridge sets using their own printed score pads and bridge score cards, with playing cards sourced from Waddingtons, Thomas de La Rue and possibly others (they are so obscure it’s hard to be sure).

My notes, which I sent to the playing card museum I am a volunteer contributor to, are as follows:

""Romney Series" was a brand employed by Manchester (Hyde) stationery manufacturer Newton Mill. 

This company produced various items of stationery, playing cards do not seem to have been one of them, however, they did release at least two Bridge sets. One I have is a delightful soft green leather case holding a single score pad and pencil plus two packs of Waddington's cards c1934.

The other is an embossed to look like crocodile skin, maroon, card case with a hinged lid and drop front containing two packs of De La Rue Rajah playing cards, c1934, four score pads each with its own pencil, a bridge score card (anonymous) and a "Bex Moulding" bakelite ashtray.

From the presence of the ashtray we can state, with some certainty, that Newton Mill produced these sets, probably printing their own score pads, bridge score cards, and had cases custom made and assembled them with varying quality cards of the time. The green leather case, obviously high quality, contains anonymised, gilt-edged Waddingtons cards as one finds in the Wills scheme.

The likelihood of two separate finds, both with substitute packs of cards, both from the same era, strikes me as rather unlikely, especially for something as unusual."

Can you provide any information at all about these?
Of particular interest is:
1) Did Newton Mill manufacture their own playing cards, or package another brand in their bridge sets?
2) When were these produced? Circumstantial evidence suggests some time between the 1930s and 1950s.

Saturday, 4 March 2017

Norma's Memories Of Hyde

Todays post is from Norma, 

I was born at 26 Hamnett St in 1941, My name then was Norma Sunderland and I attended Greenfield Street School until 1952 when I passed my 11th plus and went to Hyde County Grammar school until 1957. I was one of the last girls there as Astley grammar opened in, I think 1956.
I can remember crossing the old George Street on Donnybrook, to get to my first job at Dishman's chemist shop, where I worked just before my marriage in 1960. I also worked for a few weeks at the CPA factory, at the bottom end of George Street to earn extra money towards my wedding.

I married a policeman and became Norma Burch and moved to Chester. My parents were rehoused in Gee Cross in 1963. After living and working all over England I am happily retired from a long career in nursing and living with my present partner in Warrington. It would be nice to hear from anyone who remembers me. 

Norma Evens

If you would like to contact Norma please contact me and I will pass on her email address.

Looking down George Street from Newton Street, Spinners Arms on left.

View From The 1930s

Monday, 13 February 2017

Bomb At The Bottom Of The Garden

I was sent this interesting story by Karl Blon.

Karl Digging his garden... note his clogs. 

Over to Karl

The cutting is dated 2nd June 1972 and in those days the paper was called North Cheshire Herald.
That was when Hyde was in the county of Cheshire.
We moved away from Hyde in 1985 to North Devon where we lived for 30 years. Those years were the ‘peaceful area’ days and which Exmoor on our doorstep, it was a pleasure to live there. Also, having 2 grown up sons at the time, we thought it would give them a better quality of life.
During August, 2013 we moved to peaceful Anglesey where we live to this day enjoying a ‘peaceful’ but fulfilling retirement.

However, I still have a soft spot for Hyde as people treated me very kindly. When I lived in Hyde I secured employment with Ashton Bros. and later with ICI Hyde in their marketing Department.

Tuesday, 8 November 2016


I was sent the above picture from a fellow blogger, his blog shows fantastic old pictures from Stalybridge. Check his blog out after you've enjoyed reminiscing about Meschia's, If you have memories to share please leave a comment. 

Steph's blog is 

Monday, 25 July 2016

Hyde Pubs 1975 (50)

How it was 7 or 8 years ago.....
.....and just over a month ago - and it doesn't appear to have changed one bit in that time.

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Hyde Pubs 1975 (49)

This photograph was taken 7 or 8 years ago when it was still open for business.
And here it is just over a month ago.

Saturday, 23 July 2016

Hyde Pubs 1975 (48)

Here it is 7 or 8 Years ago.....
,,,,,and here just over a month ago.

Friday, 22 July 2016

Hyde Pubs 1975 (47)

7 or 8 years ago and the name had changed to Flannagans,,,,,
,,,,, by February 2011 they seemed undecided as to whether it should be Flannagans.....
..... or Flanagans.
Anyway, now it's called The Olde Town House and here's a photograph taken just over a month ago.