The building of these houses by Wimpey's were started in 1962, the first people moved on to the estate in May 1963 from Wythenshawe, Gorton, Ardwick, Cheetham Hill and Hulme. These first folks were welcomed by the Mayor of Hyde, and representatives from Wall's meat company in Godley who gave them sausages. A local milk round give out free milk as well.
The first bus service was the No.5 from Hyde, but was not very frequent local delivery men give residents lifts into Hyde. The newcomers had varying reactions to Hattersley. Some liked the fresh country air, the snow, and the wildlife... but missed the corner shops, the buses and the cinemas. Before the shops were built on Sandybank Avenue, mobile shops served the 1157 families. The Manchester Evening News reported in August 1964, "overspills are making headlines everywhere, Hattersley has got 4000, people, 2 pubs, 3 wooden churches, one Doctor, no cinemas, no playgrounds and almost no teenage entertainment.
Building Underwood Court - Looking towards Harrop Edge 1965
The houses are on Underwood Road... a lady who lived an the top of one of the tower blocks which looked out onto the rolling hills thought the view was lovely. She was reported in the Manchester Evening News as telling her friends that she lived in the Hattersley Hilton. Many of the residents were soon to disagree with her, their walls were full of condensation, and the Pylons played havoc and some even prevented the T.Vs working properly.
Pictures and information gleamed from HATTERSLEY THE OLD AND THE NEW by Margaret Knott... I fine read indeed and well worth seeking out a copy the pictures of Old Hattersley are a joy to see.
As always memories of the old and new Hattersley are most welcome and pictures are always a issue, so if you have anything youcould scan and send in then please do so. Our email is firstname.lastname@example.org.