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Sunday, 31 October 2010

Newton Mill & Newton Hurst

The Newton Mill factory which stood on the corner of Ashton Road and Lodge Street Newton, produced stationery and greetings cards, it was founded in 1895 by a Thomas Owen Jacobsen and  Stanley Welch (who later served as the Mayor of Hyde in 1914-16), it initially traded as “Jacobsen and Welch”.  


Newton Mill specialised in stationery and was renowned for it's early experiments with colour notepapers and other gift stationery. This company did quite a bit for the people of Newton and Hyde,..The War Memorials in Hyde Town Hall bearing the names of the dead were presented by Stanley Welch, when he was Mayor, and his partner  Mr T. Owen Jacobsen. They were erected annually for the duration of the great war, and the final one was unveiled by Mrs Evelyn Welch on "peace day”, 3rd August, 1919.These two also built the homes and playing fields known as Newton Hurst off Victoria Street Newton. The company had a very good Cricket Team who played at Newton Hurst, there was also an Athletics Club and Tennis Courts .



Reading from Left to right, Back Row: Mr J. Owen Jacobsen, J.P. (Chairman of Directors). Mr. C.R. Seddon (Director). And Alderman Stanley Welch. J.P. (Managing Director). Middle Row: Mrs. T. O. Jacobsen, Mrs. Stanley Welch, and Mrs. C.R. Seddon. Front Row: Master Teddy Welch, son of Alderman Welch.

Picture from the North Cheshire Herald of August 19th 1922.


Newton Hurst Cricket Pavilion

Newton Hurst lost it's cricket ground and tennis courts long ago..when houses were built on the land.. some of the roads do however retain a sporting theme with such names as Perry Avenue, Mallory Road and Charlton Avenue.


Ariel View from the 1920s, The homes on Newton Hurst are still there.. but the view as changed so much... for a start.. no ICI works .


Gala Day July 2nd 1921....

If you have anything which we could add to this post please let us know.... and we will gladly update this post and included it here.


Dave Williams said...

The aerial view of the cricket pitch is interesting - is that a factory chimney in the top right-hand corner at what looks like the start of Matley Lane?

Tom said...

Hi Dave...
It is a chimney... the factory seems to quite a size... the picture was taken in 1920 I think..

Tom said...

After Dave and I getting our heads together we have nailed the factory down to Shaw Hall Mill.. built around 1830.. it was a cotton mill. Shall Hall Avenue is there now... I will have to do a post about what I can about this mill. Thanks to Dave for helping with this as well.

Anonymous said...

Hi my name is David and i live in one of the houses,your date of 1920 is slightly out as this block wasnt built until 1925,if nayone else has any photographs of these houses before the rest of the estate was built i would love to see them.

Tom said...

Hi Anonymous
If you have any up to date pictures to add we would be grateful... I have been told of a book about Newton Hurst Cricket Club that is available in the library.. have yet to see t myself but I'm sure you would find it of interest.


Andrew Bowden said...

Fascinating stuff - I grew up in the estate that is there now, in the 1980s. You can tell the age of the Newton Hurst houses quite easily as each of the blocks has the date above them.

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Anonymous said...

My Dad worked at Newton Mill in the 1950s. He cut out a row of brown paper "dolls" and stuck it on the window near where he was working so that we should see them on our way to Sunday School. Your blog is much appreciated. Norma.

Anonymous said...

I grew up on Newton hurst and was devastated when they built houses on my "playground" only later did I realise that also meant redundancy for my father when Newton mill closes