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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Friday, 31 May 2013

An Evening of Music and Song

Below is an old programme from 1971. 
It is for an evening of music and song by 
Greenfield Street Secondary School. 

These evening were very popular throughout all the 
Hyde schools and were always well attended by 
proud parents.


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Thursday, 30 May 2013

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

The Last Will and Testament of Joshua Bradley


Below is a transcript of 
the Last Will and Testament of 
Mr Joshua Bradley

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(Taken from "Reminiscences in the life of Joshua Bradley by James Bradley)

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Was this the longest Street in Hyde ??

George Street was always rumoured to be the longest Street in Hyde although I have recently been told that that honour goes to Apple Street. 

Does anybody know the answer ? 
George Street was certainly a contender .

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George Street Shops looking down towards Newton Street, approx 1950's.

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Hyde Methodist Chapel(New Connexion),or George Street Chapel as it was more commonly known 
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A 125 Manchester bus parked up in Hyde Bus station, George Street at the back with Tanner Street to the right 

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The bottom end of George Street at the junction with Hoviley Brow. 

Monday, 27 May 2013

School Report Time !

The following were sent to us by Peter Fallon.
They show his class photos and accompanying report cards.

I used to be so anxious when it was school report time - Mine always said I spent too much time talking and not enough time working !


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Leigh Street Junior School 1949


Headmaster Mr Renwick. Teacher Mrs Andrews.
1st Row ? ? Alan Mills
2nd Row ???????????
3rd Row Myself, Barbara Bridgehouse, Mary Barber, Irene Buckley, Kathleen Stainrod, Alwyn Ashbrook, June Harding, Hazel Wadsworth, James Smith.
4th Row James Taylor, Peter Bardsley, Albert Armstrong, Alan Brimble, Donald Hampton, Alan Bonsall, Peter Marsland, Keith Hallas, Ralph Harris.
5th Row David Hirst, Roger Hirst, Geoffrey Warner, Peter Jepson, Peter Harrison, Tony Barton, Brian Crompton, John Brown, Glynn Wright.

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Greenfield Street Secondary School 1952


February 1952 
Teacher Mr Cookson
Average age 12 yrs 4 months
Front row John Brown, Peter Warburton, ??? Myself, 
Second Row John Wilson, John Barton, ???????
Third Row ????? Kenneth Dane, ???
Fourth Row Alan Thomson, ???? Keith Alexander, J Whitehead.

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Many thanks, Peter. :)
I wonder if anyone else is brave enough to send theirs in ?

Sunday, 26 May 2013

Hyde United Centenary Match

Most people know about Hyde United's (then Hyde FC) claim to fame being  beaten 26-0 in the FA Cup by Preston in 1887 - It is still the biggest-ever defeat in English football !!

In 1988 there was a replay at Ewen Fields to mark the clubs centenary.
Here is a scan of the souvenir programme.
It notes Sam Allardyce (West Hams Manager) and Frank Worthington (former player of many professional clubs) as Preston Northend players.

Unfortunately, I cant remember the score if anyone out there can help,
please comment.

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Saturday, 25 May 2013

Flowery Field Junior School

This photo was taken at Flowery Field Junior School 
in the late 1960's.
On the back row, 3rd from right, is my brother Adrian. On the row in front of him, 2nd from right, is his pal Kevin Barker from Hallbottom Street.


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Thanks to David Hamilton for sharing this photo :)

Friday, 24 May 2013

Oakfield Primary

This class photo was taken at Oakfield Primary School in 1963.
The teacher was Miss Jones, next to her, in the fourth row from
the front, is Steven Heginbotham. Third from left in that row is
myself, and at the far right of the row is Graeme Green.

Mrs Clegg was the Headmistress, she had previously been at 
St. Mary's School just up the road.

One of the most vivid memories I have of my time at Oakfield
is of the sickly smell of tobacco wafting over from Senior Service !

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Sent to us by David Hamilton.
Many Thanks, David !

Thursday, 23 May 2013

Local Notice !

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Hi all,
You will see from the attached that I am hoping to arrange a table top sale, on the Hyde Civic Square in late June.  The poster dose not say that there are a further 8 stales available to local groups, such as Morris dancers, etc, which will be free to the organisation, in exchange for a display or similar, which could be classed as entertainment for visitors.   Any one interested in any of the 48 stalls should contact me as soon as possible.   Could you assist by letting others know?
 
Kind Regards,
 
Neil Openshaw,
Cashbox Credit Union,
Hyde Town Team,
Hyde Business Forum.

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Shopping in the 1970's

The following is from a Tameside booklet from the mid 1970's

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Hyde Market in the 1970's

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Mechanics Arms

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The building today

Excerpt from  "A history of The Pubs of Hyde and District" by Paul Taylor
Copies available for sale from Harrisons Newsagents, Hyde.

Monday, 20 May 2013

A Sonnet to Joshua Bradley

SONNET
Inscribed to Joshua Bradley, 
the Donor of Hyde Town Hall Clock and Bells.

HOW CAN WE THANK THEE TRUE, DEVOTED FRIEND,
FOR THIS RARE OFFERING TO THY NATIVE TOWN, BUT BY PROFOUND REGARD?
FAIR HONOURS CROWN IS THINE.
THIS NOBLE GIFT WILL EVER TEND
TO SHOW THE PROMPTINGS OF THY GENEROUS HEART,
WHICH FREELY GIVES, WITH AN UNSPARING HAND,
FROM HARD EARNED STORE.
BASE SELF CAN NEVER STAND ON FAME LIKE THINE, WHICH WILL TO THEE IMPART,
IN THY DECLINING YEARS, A JOY UNKNOWN.
SAVE TO THYSELF, WHOM WE REVERE THE MORE
FOR THIS GOOD DEED. WHO KNOWS WHAT LIES IN STORE
FOR THOSE WHO WORK AND GIVE FOR GOOD ALONE?
THIS TREASURED BOON THY MEMORY WILL ADORN,
AND RING THY PRAISE TO GENERATIONS YET UNBORN.

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Sunday, 19 May 2013

Postcards.

 Here is a collection of Hyde related postcards through the years.

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Flowery Field Unitarian Church

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Hyde Cemetery

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Looking towards Hyde from St Annes Road Denton

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Bennett Street Newton

Saturday, 18 May 2013

Union Street Congregational Chapel

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Union Street Congregational Chapel 
Founded in 1814
Built in 1822 /  rebuilt in 1843
Main church building demolished circa 1970 ?


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The Church is still thriving as the United Church, on Union Street in Hyde.
It can be seen centre of the photo, with the library to the left.

Friday, 17 May 2013

Going Back

Here is a charming video that is on Youtube that was brought to my attention by Tom.
I hope you enjoy it.
p.s. There are a couple of pictures in there that are not of Hyde but it doesn't spoil the overall effect.

Thursday, 16 May 2013

Randal Hibbert Esq


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On the brook side behind the Bankfield Hotel and Bankfield Terrace, there stood, for about a hundred years, a Bone Mill.  This mill was erected about the end of the 18th century, by Mr. Randal Hibbert; it had a picturesque appearance, which was enhanced by the lake-like reservoir behind it; and at one time it was a very busy place. It was demolished circa 1903.  
Randal Hibbert built Boston Mills, and it was at these mills that the Ashton’s first began cotton spinning.

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Modern map showing the location of the Bone Mill.