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 .
March 2014
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Monday, 30 April 2012

The Queen Adelaide (Late 1980s)

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February 1987

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February 1987

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February 1987

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January 1988

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Horsing around in the Queen Ade

Sunday, 29 April 2012

Walls Remembered

From the Hyde Official Guide, about 1965

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The extract from the guide reads:-
"Renowned through the country for its sausages, bacon, pies, hams and canned meats is the firm of T.WALL & SONS (MEAT & HANDY FOODS) LTD.  Starting in 1786 in a small shop in London's Jermyn Street the business grew steadily and by 1939 its trade covered the whole of southern England. Since 1854 it has expanded to cover the rest of the country and in this the Hyde factory plays an important part. Wall's hold the largest single share of the branded sausage market and Royal Warrants have been held for most of the reigns of monarchs since the 18th century. Future plans include the extension to the factory at Hyde to give still further coverage in Northern England."

The Administration Buildings

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Our friend Marjorie Robinson made this post possible, which we thank her for. 

Marjorie mentioned that some of her school friends had part-time jobs at Wall's in the summer holidays. They told her they'd never eat a walls pie again... ha!  This reminded me of a school trip to Walls from Greenfield Street School... we were led around different bays and one or two lads started to feel ill... by the time we had got to the black pudding making section they was a rush for the doors. I can still see one of the workers laughing and waving a black pudding about. Needless to say Black Pudding were given a wide berth.

Please add your comments and memory's of Walls and the products... I'm sure many of you will have some. 




Saturday, 28 April 2012

Rescued From A Skip

Our thanks go to Aidan Prince for taking the time to scan these and send them in... Aidan found this booklet in a skip years ago.. so glad he picked it out.

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If you have had such a find, be it in a skip or just at the back of a drawer, then please let us know.. Publications such as the one above must still exist in drawers and cupboards and we would like very much to feature them on here. :)

Friday, 27 April 2012

The Ring-O-Bells

The Ring O Bells Pub, pre Norths Clock Roundabout. 

The Laundry, next door, was a place of great pleasure to us kids in the winter.
It was where we could sit and warm ourselves whilst talking to Chris, the lovely old man who used to run it. He let us in as we were never any trouble... well, not when he was looking anyway :)
A boy (who shall remain nameless) used to get in a Dryer and the other lads would put 10 pence in and watch him spin.... Oh, the good old days ;)
(Nancy)


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I went past this pub a week or two ago and it seemed very busy... maybe with the Bush Inn now being shut it has grabbed some custom from there. This was one of the first pubs I drank in... in fact I got caught drinking under age in here .... I was arrested and taken home... a few days later I was in court and find £10.
My mother was none to pleased, I can tell you.
(Tom)
Picture taken by the late Alan Heelis.

Thursday, 26 April 2012

Pictures From Dorothy Bell

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Union St Sunday School -Whit Sunday 22nd May 1959

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Class 4 1960  Teacher on right is Mr Renwick, he was very strict.


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 Daisyfield Sunday School Pantomimes. Probably 1936.

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Daisyfield Sunday School Pantomimes. Probably 1936

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Daisyfield Church Brigade 1934-1936 not sure of the year.

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Union St Whitwalks 1957 taken near Hyde Town Hall.


Thank you to Dorothy for these great pictures, and making this post possible.. These are just the kind of pictures we like to feature more on the site. We can show the roads and buildings, pubs and churches and so on, I just find that the personal pictures are a unique view of the towns peoples  past. The sad thing is it is pictures such as these that tend not to survive. Please, if you have such pictures get them scanned and send them in... or get in touch with us if you need help in getting them copied, I'm sure we could help out.


Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Spring Gardens

Spring Gardens stands at the bottom of Old Road . It used to lined with old cottages which I believe belonged to Ashton Brothers. Sadly the cottages have been demolished now.


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Spring Gardens circa 1960's

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Spring Gardens circa 2010  

It looked so much nicer with the cottages and without the collection of Wheelie Bins !

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The opposite end which, as Dave says in the comments ,the only remaining buildings are The Flowery Field Pub, a house and a shop.
Picture courtesy of google maps


Updated by Dave

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Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Nobby's Products

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Can anyone throw some light on this?

This postcard is on ebay.. I've never heard of Nobby's Products before and 'The Factory' got me... as there must have been many in Hyde when this was posted... If you know your stamps can you put  date to this?  which factory was the 'FACTORY' and who was 'NOBBY'

Undated to show the reverse side.

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This still has a few hours left on Ebay

Monday, 23 April 2012

George And Dragon

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Bennett Street, Newton

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The George & Dragon is probably the oldest pub in Newton. Records date the licence back to around 1756. It wasn't the large public house we know today, probably just a small cottage. 

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Before 1756 it is thought that the premises were a shop before it gained a licence. The first recorded landlord was James Harrison, who kept the house for over twenty years. 

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The next landlord, Jonathan Smith the elder, kept the George and Dragon from 1778 to 1826, a grand total of 48 years.When he died in 1826 his wife Elizabeth carried on for a further eight years and the Thomas Smith, thought to be a son carried on until 1850. It seemed to be a family tradition to be in the licensed trade as Jonathan had another son known as Jonathan The Younger who kept the Shoulder Of Mutton Inn on Talbot Road (1819-1823) and also the Bay Horse (1825-1834).

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The sign of the George and Dragon was a very popular choice for public houses, commemorating the slaying of the fire breathing dragon by St. George. The landlady probably took some mickey taking around the 1860, as the landlord was called George Burton.

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The George & Dragon is supposed to be haunted a ghost affectionately known as Ferdinand who seems to have been around since the 1950s. Nobody knows his origin; he is described as of average height with long, bushy beard, side whiskers, and wearing a long frock coat.

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The pub boasts a fine bowling green at the rear and over the years a consistently good bowling team have won many prizes in local leagues.

Thanks to Paul Taylor for the information and my better half Jane for nipping down to the George and Dragon to take the pictures.

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One time regular at 'The George and Dragon' was my father-in-law 'Nev Drinkwater' whose name was most inappropriate as I only ever saw him with a pint in his hand... much the same with his daughter (my very own dragon) now.. ha! 

Happy St Georges day to you all

Up dated with Whit Walks Pictures

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Whit Walks At Dragon Square

Sunday, 22 April 2012

Hyde F.C.

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Celebrations were in order at Ewen Fields as Hyde FC were crowned Champions of the Blue Square Bet North yesterday. The Tigers had a 4 -1 victory over Boston United with David Poole, Danny Broadbent, Scott Spencer and Shelton Payne on the scoresheet. Nearest rivals Guiseley went down to a 1-0 home defeat against Bishops Stortford which sealed the Championship for Hyde with 1 game still to play... 

WELL DONE HYDE F.C.



Hyde will now compete on the National stage next season in the Blue Square Bet Premier League. Well done and good luck for next season.

Saturday, 21 April 2012

Market Place views

 Here is a fine postcard  by F. W. Smith of Newton, Hyde showing Market Place,with Brownsons store (later Woolworths store) on the left. The Albion pub is next door to the store.The Queens Pub is just visible in the distance.
I'm unsure of the date so any help with this would be welcomed.

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Almost the same view from the 1960's.
Brownsons had become Woolworths. You can see the tower in the middle of the postcard.
The White Lion pub is on the extreme left.

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The view today courtesy of Google street view.