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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Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Bank Street 2

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I'm wondering if this is the same building as was shown yesterday... I know it as been here for as long as I can remember. If it's not the same building at least a Hyde business as got mention.
 Picture from Google Maps

Monday, 30 January 2012

Bank Street

A newspaper cutting showing a picture of Bank Street.
It looks like a busy street.

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A map showing the location of Bank Street.


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All that is left of Bank Street after the motorway reshuffled the streets in Hyde
Courtesy of Google Street maps.
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 A photo taken last year of what remains of Bank Street, with Clark Way on the right of the photo.


The following info was sent to me by Dave.

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Kelly's Directory of 1902 shows James Winterbothom (yet another spelling variant) ,tripe dresser & tallow merchant, 73 Market Street; The Travel Agency is what occupies number 73 today.

Excellent information, Dave!!

Sunday, 29 January 2012

Well Done Tameside

And Well Done Dave

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A couple of weeks ago Dave went to Mottram to take photos of the Blue Plaque commemorating Sir Edmund Shaa which the Tameside website said was on Church Brow in Mottram.

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Sir Edmund Shaa
Lord Mayor Of London 1482
http://www.tameside.gov.uk/blueplaque/siredmundshaa

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The first photo should show the plaque, but the spot was completely covered by foliage. Dave contacted Tameside Council to tell them about this and Friday he had an email saying that they've had the foliage cleared, and the last two photos are what he found when I went there Friday afternoon.
Dave was well pleased and rightly so by another excellent response from Tameside Council!  It was Dave, John Thornley and myself that bought the broken Hyde Lads Club monument to Councillor  Fitzpatrick's attention and he and the council promptly dealt with... well done again to all concerned.

Saturday, 28 January 2012

Hyde Co-op

 Here is a picture of the Co-op shop on the corner of Mottram Road and Lumn Road.
They were such useful,convenient shops. Unfortunately, the dawn of supermarkets heralded the end of them as they could not longer compete with floor space or prices..

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A recent view courtesy of Google maps

Friday, 27 January 2012

Hyde Market And The Mall

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Here's three pictures Dave has come across of the market.They appear to have come from a newspaper or magazine but we don't know what date the photos were taken. Dave says if they were all taken at the same time the cars in the third photo it suggests that it was in the 1970s.
 Cheers Dave.. these are great.


Thursday, 26 January 2012

Grapes Hotel

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I've often wondered who Bells & Co. were... I always knew the Grapes as a Robinsons House.  It seems Bell & Co Ltd brewed at  Hempshaw Brook Brewery, Hempshaw Lane, Stockport was founded by Avery Fletcher in 1835 and was acquired by Smith & Bell in 1850. Registered in 1898. The brewery was then acquired by Frederic Robinson Ltd in April 1949 with over160 other tied houses.

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http://www.thegrapesrestaurant.co.uk/Home.html

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The old pub is seeing a new lease of life.. especially at the weekend when it attracts folk from far and wide.. Marcello the landlord had the pub refurbished and a fine Italian restaurant was added. The Grapes is a lovely old building that has changed little considering.. and the refurbishment made great use of many of the original features, like the stained glass windows and fireplaces. There's a link above which is well worth following just to read the menus..  long may the Grapes be a part of Gee Cross.

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

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Mottram Old Road Post Card

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Below pictures supplied by Dave

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The first two photos attached are what Dave has taken today, the first being the original photo, and the second is one he's cropped and skewed to try to match the view in the postcard. 

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The third attachment is the view from Google Streetview of the spot from which Dave took the photo, and the fourth one is from Google Earth showing Mottram Old Road from the viewpoint up to the buildings shown. 

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Dave thinks the actual viewpoint for the postcard was down the slope to maybe level with where you can see the horse in the top to pictures, as the hills in the background on the postcard look a bit lower down than in his photo (you can just see the distant hills faintly on the postcard). 

Thank you Dave for a great update

Monday, 23 January 2012

Sunday, 22 January 2012

Zion (hikes)

Easter Hike From Zions

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Another great photo from Fred Booth... Fred told me these hikes were very popular and enjoyable. Can you put names to any not mentioned.

Another Photo from one of the many hikes.
Maybe someone out there can help  us with the location and date ?
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Saturday, 21 January 2012

The Stage Builders ( Zions)

This is the team who helped to build a stage at Zion's in the 1950s, picture supplied by Fred Booth.. far right.

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Albert Clithero with Fred Booth

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Walter Beaumont

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I wonder if there's anyone reading this that might know any of the others who are not named.. and maybe a picture of the stage from that time would be a nice addition to this post.

UPDATE
Here is a photo from one of the many pantomimes at the Zion circa 1950's
Any help on when and what the production was would be welcomed :)

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Friday, 20 January 2012

Booth's Taxi's

A great picture of Fred Booth at the wheel of his taxi, it says on the back of this photograph "Ibbotson's of Market Street - Fish & Chip Shop.

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AMA 71, taken on what is believed Park Road April 9th 1933

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Booth's Taxi's and Coaches would have been a regular sight around Hyde at one time... I recall the coaches and the garage off Dowson Road... but know very little about the company... I'm sure in old publication there must be adverts for them.. Did you use their taxi's or recall a coach trip.. if so let us know.
I've been informed that an A and H Booth, Bus and Coach Hire are working out of Grosvenor Garage... I do hope this is still part of the original Booth family.

Thursday, 19 January 2012

Seasonal shot !

 As we are about to get some snow this weekend, I thought I'd post this lovely shot of the top of Joel Lane to get us in the spirit. :)

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I can't remember who sent the shot in - if this is yours, please drop us a line so we can add your name.
Thanks :)

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Hyde Cafe

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I've only ever heard of this cafe... I grew up hearing it mentioned in my childhood, so when scanning the pictures that Fred Booth kindly left with me I was more than pleased to see these. I'm hoping our comment section gets a few memories from your memories of this place .. I look forward to reading them.

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Lamb Inn

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Robert Henry Bagshaw
Licencee 

Monday, 16 January 2012

Market Square

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Painting by Hyde Artist Harry Rutherford



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Dave Williams as come up trumps for us again... Here's a rare view on a postcard of the Market Square, complete with the stone seating, and the base of the fountain as well. We've been trying to get a picture of this since we started the blog and this is the best that as turned up so far...

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Now for the Future
Hyde Outdoor Market Redevelopment


Hyde is to get a new market and civic square as part of a £1.2 million project to improve the town centre and attract more traders and shoppers.
A well-attended public consultation meeting took place in July. Opinions were given by businesses, traders and residents, and Tameside Council has taken these on board as it finalises the scheme.

The proposed plans are now on public display in a variety of community venues including the outdoor and indoor markets, Clarendon Shopping Centre, Hyde Town Hall and Hyde Library.

Pending planning approval, works are due to start early next year and be completed by September. The works will be done in phases so that the market remains open throughout as will the indoor market, located within the Clarendon Shopping Centre.

In addition to the physical improvements, the Council is committed to supporting existing businesses in Hyde and to attracting new ones.



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Proposed Layout


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To see the plans in PDF Format clock below



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I wish the council and the Town all the very best in this venture and hope that shops and shoppers come back to Hyde in greater numbers than of late. Plan's such as this should be welcomed with open arms. What worries me is that as this venture is about to start the planning department have granted the change of use to three more shops as food takeaways in the last two weeks. Surly Hyde as more than it's share.... and Market Street is every bit as important as the Market Square.