Harry Rutherford's Festival of Britain Mural
Over to Eric I think?
Google Maps is making me really lazy!Looks like the middle building, and if you pan to the right, the adjacent one looks familiar too.
In fact I reckon the white building is there too with a garage in front Tom.Fascinating stuff - is it on a postcard?
If you are right Ian then that is #20. We went viewing that many years ago before eventually moving round the the corner. There is a house set back a bit - rather more grey now I recall. I'm thinking that curve must have been straightened out when more houses were built along there in the 50s. On the right hand side is an entrance by Richmond Hill into Hyde Cemetery. It all looks very different now.
Excellent detective work Ian.... I think you are spot on.. the roof line and chimneys match up as do all the buildings... I'm not sure if it was from a post card or not.. it would certainly have made a nice one.Gerald.. Thank you for your input here as well... I must try to get up there and take a picture of how it looks now..
The nearest I've got is this but it is 50 yards beyond the view in the postcard.
I live in the cream coloured house on the left. It is known in Gee Cross as the 'thripenny bit house'. Rumour has it that it is a mirror image copy of an arts and crafts house somewhere in london.John
Hi JohnThank you for commenting... I'd not heard it mentioned as that before... but it dose ring a bell... would be nice to find the 'other' house...
We live in the right hand house of the pair of semis in the photo, nos 18 & 20, built in 1902. The house on the far right, somewhat set back, is a large detached house. The land opposite, which used to be empty waste land, now has a housing estate built on it. Mike
Hello and welcome to the blog Mike.. thank you for taking the time to comments An add to the comments is always welcome.Back Bower would of been a very quiet hamlet at one time... with a few farms and scattered houses such as these.
I am totally fascinated with this picture. Is it dated at all? I have a strong feeling that the pair of semis still stand and, to the right of them, as we look, is the extension of what used to be Cemetery Walk [now Richmond Hill] which eventually meets Mottram Old Road. My schoolfriends David, Alan and Anne Walker lived in one of these semis in the 40s/50s/60s. Opposite the houses was an entrance to the cemetery and, on its left, Cemetery Walk, which was populated by allotments in those days. To the right of the main drive of the cemetery, near to the perimeter wall, was a frogpond, where we spent many happy hours.
Hi Werneth LowGreat infomation you have added to this posting... thank youIt is a great picture for sure... as for the date I am unsure... if you read the comments you will see that one of the present owners about his house being known as 'The Thripenny Bit House' Had you heard it called this.
I've never heard of a 3d bit house. Penny slot hole in the wall at Mottram Old Road on the left beyond Spring Avenue and 3d bit church at Stalybridge, but house no!
I've just seen the house on the left for sale on rightmove. I use to live in this area and love period properties. It is advertised as a period property in the style of Arts and Crafts movement. see: http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-29985550.html.I remeber to penny slot on Mottram Road, we use to go to Jacksons shop for sweets and cut through there!... happy days.
Hi KarenThank you for commenting... thank you for the link to the house sale... ha! felt a bit cheeky poking around their house.. but it dost look nice.. ha!You mentioned the Penny Slot on Mottram Road.... I have never heard it called that before... but instantly knew what and where you meant.. I wonder if we can find a picture of it... if so I will sort out a posting for you.
I think the Backbower photo showing " semi detached bay windowed house are the houses facing the top gates of the cemetry. The photo was taken at the top of Backbower lane, with the out of sight cemetry on the right.Regards Joyce Howarth Jones.
THe photo I think was taken from the top of Backbower lane, and the houses on the left are facing the top gates of Hyde cemetry. I lived on Backbower before I got married, and my friend lived in one of those houses.
If anyone fancies helping out with a bit of research, myself & some fellow researchers think the Thripenny Bit House *could* perhaps be the work of the famous Parker & Unwin partnership who were based in Buxton in the earlier part of their carrier & completed houses in various places not too far from here (Marple, Rochdale, Bradford, Harrogate, Stoke, Matlock, Chesterfield, York etc etc). A similarly compact design to this called 'Austwick' at Derby has been the trigger to thinking this house might be one of theirs... If anyone has more info, by all means get in contact with us at the Edgar Wood Society/Arts & Crafts Church Middleton (see the websites for details & FAO myself) as this could be an important little house & well worth knowing more about.Kind regards, Nick Baker
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