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, 25 January 2012

Gower Hey Woods

I notice  that they have started to build a pond in Gower Hey Woods. This area has been a dark ,unwelcoming part of the woods for many years. It's a great improvement and sterling work by Gower Hey Conservation Group.
I'm looking forward to seeing all the wildlife it attracts !


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 Gower Hey Wood Conservation Group

The group are a voluntary organisation whose aims include maintaining and improving the general environment, enhancing wildlife habitats, and providing a place of enjoyment for local people and visitors.
Working in partnership with the Council and its Countryside Ranger Service, the group meets several times a year to plan activities and share information.

If you are interested in joining the group then contact 
Stuart Manson on 0161 368 8883


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Not the first time a pond/lake as been in the woods.. and by the sound of the description above from the book A History Of Hyde it was once a very nice sight indeed... I'm sure it can be and will be again if this group have anything to do with it. 


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Thanks to Dave for the above two pictures which he took in November last year

7 comments:

Dave Williams said...

I was going through Gower Hey Woods on a particularly foul day last November when I came across a couple of men constructing a fence at the side of the path, so I went back a day or two later when the weather had improved and took a couple of photos. I'll send them to you, Nancy.

Dave Williams said...

That reservoir in Gower Hey Woods is shown on the Tithe Maps and also on the last map shown on the post of 26 June 2011 about the arch in the wall of the Diamond Reservoir on Stockport Road.

Dave Williams said...

I've just tried the 'Tithe Maps' link and it doesn't show what I expected, but if you use the '+' and '-' slider at the top and move the map around you should be able to pin-point Gower Hey Woods.

Gerald (Hyde DP) said...

Is it this marshy area I photographed last Spring? http://hydedaily.blogspot.com/2011/05/marsh-in-gower-hey-wood.html

Tom said...

Hi Gerald..
I'd say it's the same place...

Dave Williams said...

It looks like the same spot to me. When you go from King George Road and straight down the path in front of you the pond's to the left as you walk down that path. The gate is just before you get to the little bridge at the bottom.

Anonymous said...

Hey there, I helped dig this back in September 2011 as a BTCV volunteer. Hard work in a heat wave (phew!). I didn't come across any of the Friends Group but had nice chats with passing dog walkers. Hope the pond is a success