Hyde Name Origins.

The name "HYDE" is derived from the hide, a measure of land for taxation purposes, taken to be that area of land necessary to support a peasant family. In later times it was taken to be equivalent to 120 acres .
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Wednesday, 4 August 2010

Thomas Street - (disappeared streets 2)

Thomas Street was in three sections : Mount Street to Union Street ,Union Street to Beeley Street and Beeley Street to Platt Street.

Thomas st map
A 1897 map showing where Thomas Street once stood.

Thomas st
This is the top section of Thomas Street, at the junction with Mount Street.

St Thomas' church hall
Thomas Street Working Men's Institute.(Middle section)

On The Middle section stood The Working Men's Institute - Hyde was one of the first places to build a public institute to the Chartist cause .It was opened in September 1838, and sermons were preached in the morning and afternoon by the Reverend Joseph Raynor Stephens. This later became St Thomas's School. This building saw action a second time when it was used as a headquarter for 'A' Company of the 36th Cheshire Regiment of the Home Guard in the last war.
Why this building wasn't preserved is anyones guess. I believe that there should be a sign on Union street where the Working Mens Institute once stood commemorating this building and so that the Chartist connection with Hyde is never forgotten.

Chartist House now stands on the Mount Street - Union Street section of Thomas Street.

Lads club

The bottom part of Thomas street still stands ,technically ,although it isn't road signed anymore.. It's the road leading into the multi-storey car park from Union Street. It used to run past the side of the gymnasium belonging to Hyde Lads Club.

1 comment:

Tom said...

I remember part of this street being ready to be pulled down.. I know that at the side of the lads club the area was very dark... it was really rundown in parts.. as was parts of Union Street. Hyde Town Planners of the 60s/70s have a lot to answer for at times... At time it feels as if Hyde as had it's heart and soul ripped from it.. but Hyde for all it's faults will always be only as good as the people who live and care about the place.. ONWARD!