Harry Rutherford's
Festival of Britain Mural

Friday, 31 December 2010

Band Stand Hyde Park

The Bandstand. Late C19. Copper roof on cast iron columns and brick base. Octagonal canopy on columns placed at eachcorner. Base has ashlar dressings. Elaborate pierced castiron arches span between the enriched columns which have crocket capitals. Similar pierced eaves brackets. Dome-shaped roof with decorative crown and weather-vane.

(Taken from http://www.britishlistedbuildings.co.uk/en-212480-band-stand-hyde
- with thanks.)

"The bandstand was officially opened in May 1922 and is now Grade II listed on the national “List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest”.

The bandstand was originally surrounded by moveable glass partitions and played host to bands such as the Household Cavalry, Black Watch and local colliery bands. During the 1930’s the bandstand hosted two concerts every Sunday. It is now used on special events during the summer months.

(Thanks to Tameside Local History Forum)


We are showing these today in the hope they will jog your memories of times spent in Hyde Park... We have been trying to find pictures of the paddling pool, and the small train which one could ride on... if you have any pictures you'd like to share on Hyde Park please send them in, and of course your memories are always welcome in the comments section or by email... 


Thanks to Jack Morris for the most recent photograph - Much appreciated!


Tom said...

Love the old wrought iron work... I wonder if this was removed for 'the war effort'.

Hydonian said...

Most probably ,Tom - seems such a shame doesn't it as rumour has it that it was just a moral lifting exercise anyway and a lot of the metal collected wasnt even used in the war!