Harry Rutherford's
Festival of Britain Mural

Saturday, 30 June 2012

Hyde Borough Police

I wonder if anyone can help?


"Hello, my name is Jim Talbot. I am a retired Cheshire Police Officer and now a volunteer Trustee and Researcher for the Museum of Policing in Cheshire
This Museum holds 15000 police officer records, these also cover some of the forces that were merged with Cheshire. 
 I wonder if we may make an appeal through your excellent website to anyone having information regarding Hyde Borough Police officer records or for anyone that would like to contact us via the above web site and supply any information on their relative that served with Hyde Borough Police. 
Thanking you in advance of any assistance that you may be able to provide." 


Thanks Jim.
I hope you manage to get some help through the site !

Friday, 29 June 2012

Adverts from The Hyde Guide

How many of these businesses are still operating today?








Sent to us by Marjorie Robinson.
Many Thanks, Marjorie!

Thursday, 28 June 2012

Hyde (United) FC

We recently posted some photographs of Hyde FCs triumphant tour of the town on an open-top bus following their success in winning the Blue Square North title.

I came across the following newspaper cutting showing an earlier successful trophy-winning season for the team when still known as Hyde United FC.

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Old Pub, New Name...

Out and about yesterday, I noticed that Flanagans Public house on Mottram Road has had a face lift and is now called "The Olde Town House".
This used to be the Moulders Arms Pub.

"The Moulders Arms was established shortly after the cotton famine in the 1860's.
It probably owed it's name to Benjamin Goodfellow's Hyde Iron Works which was situated across the road,  between Fernally Street and Lewis Street. The area is now Morrisons Supermarket.  Another but less likely origin of the name comes from the many brickfields which were situated around the area. The brickfields were owned by the Shepley Family of Lumn Farm. The workers used to mould clay into bricks".

(Excerpt from The History of the Pubs of Hyde and District by Paul Taylor)
Thanks Paul :)

The Olde Town House.


This was the general location of Benjamin Goodfellow's Iron Works.

We haven't yet managed to find a photo of the exterior of when it was the Moulders Arms but we are still looking ! If anyone reading this has one, please send it to us so we can put it on and complete the post.
Thank you :)



A super Shot of the Moulders Arms .
Thanks Paul, much appreciated ! :D

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Cock Brow and Apple Street revisited

A couple of weeks ago I showed a series of photographs of a walk down Cock Brow and Apple Street in which all the photos were taken looking in the direction of travel. In all I took some 50 odd photos (which I currently have as the desktop background on my computer) and below are a few of the ones I took looking backwards and sideways along the way.

If when you get to the end you decide to walk back this is the climb which faces you when you eventually get to Cock Brow.

A very picturesque view, apart maybe from the electricity pylon and telegraph poles!

Suspicious eyes were watching me in some places.

A tractor having a well-earned rest at Lowend Farm.

The War Memorial from a different viewpoint to that which is usually seen.

Werneth Low, a blue sky, sunlight and shadows from the trees - what more could you want?

Monday, 25 June 2012

Kiddies Christmas Outing 1952

Here are a couple more photos from Tony Downend.
The first one shows the Kiddies Christmas Outing from Newton Moor Working Mens Club in 1952.
The second one is a comparative shot taken in 2010.

I love the three open backed doubledecker buses waiting to take the kids!



Thanks Tony :)

Sunday, 24 June 2012

Hudson Road View

This is a photo taken at the beginning of the building of the Wych Fold /Brabyns Road Estate.
The new estate was built by the Wimpey Construction Company.

The houses shown are the ones that stand at the bottom of Hudson Road.

Map of Hudson Road and Wych Fold.

Saturday, 23 June 2012

Hyde (and Stalybridge, Mossley & Dukinfield) Tramways

A couple more cuttings from the All Our Yesterdays edition of The Reporter, this time about the early trams seen in Hyde. The captions underneath the pictures tell you all about them. I like the natty appearance of the driver of the tram in the first picture, contrasting with the somewhat less sartorial appearance of the man lounging at the back of the tram!

By coincidence as I was contemplating posting these cuttings I called into Hyde library and amongst the local booklets and brochures they have for sale there I saw a brochure about the setting-up of the SHM&D Tramway network. I'd not seen it before although it was evidently first published in 2002 as the inside front cover bears the following dedication:

Stalybridge Historical Society dedicate
this book to their late secretary, Mr Colin Stringer,
who died on the sixteenth of September 2002
in his sixtieth year.

It looks like an interesting read with maps and drawings and photos showing details of the tramway system and below are scans of the front and back covers of the brochure.

Friday, 22 June 2012

St Stephens Church Lads Brigade 1953

 Another photo from Tony Downend showing the "Prefabs" in Newton.
This time it's a view of Whit Walks of St Stephens Church Lads Brigade, turning right from Carter into Dow Street in 1953. The "Prefabs" can be seen in the background.

St Stephens Whit Walks 1953

Comparative view 2011

Tony wrote this...

"The double deck houses were known (locally at least) as the  "steel houses". The "prefabs" came in kits, as name implies, and were single deck and those on Dow and Carter Streets were built in 1947. 
The 'steel houses'  were built at  much the same time, if not just a tad later, around the corner in Bushifield Close from the once prefabs of Dow and Carter Street.  
The refurb of the  "steel houses" was undertaken during this last year or so. 
 Hope this helps shed just a little light on Newton's  past."    

 Much appreciated as always, Tony :)

Thursday, 21 June 2012

Gee Cross Fete

It's Gee Cross Fete this weekend so what are the chances of some nice weather? Here are a couple of photos of the Burrell Showman's Traction Engine which has appeared there on several occasions. I'm sure it has a name (Traction Engines usually do) but I can't for the life of me remember what it is. No doubt someone out there knows.

This is at the 1994 Fete

The 1995 Fete with the Queen Adelaide in the background
Thanks to Derek and Gerald who gave us the name of the 1921 Traction Engine which is "Lord Lascelles".

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Greenfield Street School photo

This is a photo we received from John Kenyon via email. 

It shows Greenfield Street School in 1960.
John has also sent us a list of the boys names which is very helpful !


Top row Left to right John Cooper. John Kenyon. Trevor Heywood. Duncan Hollows. Eric Headock. Brian Oldham. Barry Rothwell. Peter Crawford. 

3rd row left to right Eric Wildgoose. Adrian Kershaw. John Webb. ? Wilkinson. Sam Mills. Michael Robinson. Malcolm Sutton. Barry Gaskell. Lincoln Delve. 

2nd row left to right Brian Simpson. ? Richardson. Stuart Day. Stuart Taylor. Andrew Garvey. Michael Allan. James Dunlop. Roy Collins. Bill Mills. Alan Hodkinson. 

1st row left to right Ken Holt. Alan Oldham. Alan Morton. Peter Lomas. John Mason. Brian Wainwright (teacher). Raymond Clark. Alan Norgrove. Bob Shires. Martin Gould. John Hallam. 

Missing from class photo are John Fawcett and Trevor Grimshaw.  

Thanks John, much appreciated ! :)

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Ashton Brothers Aerial View

This is another newspaper cutting which was in The Reporter on 26 Jan 1995 and it says that it dates from the 1950s. You can see Well Meadow at the bottom left, Newton Street just above that and Park Road running along the top left of the picture to join Clarendon Road. It says that you can see George Street and Grafton Street, but George Street appears to be just the little bit which goes diagonally across the extreme top right of the picture. The picture below is the top right corner of the picture enlarged to show those streets.

I've taken a scan from my A-Z showing those streets and skewed it to look from the angle from which the photo has been taken. If you start off with the chimney at the middle right of the picture, that's behind Bank Street and facing King Street. The street running diagonally across the picture from the middle of the right-hand side is Grafton Street and taking that and Clarendon Street as a guide you can pick out most of he other streets on the map.

Monday, 18 June 2012

Newtons Prefabs.

The following photos were sent to us by Tony Downend.

I was particularly excited at these photos as they show the Newton "Prefabs" as they were known to us. Tony says they knew them as the "Steel Houses".
I am surprised that there aren't more photos of these houses around as they were very well known in the area.
The photos show the houses during the Coronation  of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953.
Elizabeth ascended the throne upon the death of her father, King George VI on 6 February 1952, and was proclaimed Queen by her various privy and executive councils shortly afterwards. The coronation was held more than a year after the accession, on 2 June 1953. This followed the tradition that a festival such as a coronation was inappropriate during the period of mourning that followed the death of the preceding sovereign.

Does anyone know the history around these houses? Were these particular ones built as emergency housing after the war? What year were they erected and when were they rebuilt into the houses as they are now?

The parents and their children on Busheyfield Close. June 1953

The children on Busheyfield Close. June 1953


Busheyfield Close June 2012

Tony has sent some more photos of the "prefabs" which I will post in the coming week.

Many Thanks, Tony ! :)

Sunday, 17 June 2012

James North Clock

Here are two photos of "Norths Clock" which now stands at the roundabout next to the Ring 'o' Bells public house. It used to be within the confines of James North Factory before its demolition to make way for a housing estate circa 1998.

Where it used to stand.

Where it stands now.

The plaque on James Drive.


A map showing the location of the roundabout where James North Clock stands.  

Thanks to Dave for the first photo :)

Saturday, 16 June 2012

Stewart Wilson Car Dealers

I'm not sure whether or not it was the opening of the Stewart Wilson Car Dealership on Clark Way, but these photos were taken on 10 November 1984 when they had arranged for a Williams (no relation!) Grand Prix car and a Lancia rally car to be on display outside the showroom. I took our children, Paul and David, down to have a look.

The two cars parked outside the showroom and looking across Clark Way towards Ashton Brothers

David (in buggy) and Paul wondering what the funny car was (it's a 1983 Williams FW08C)

This is a 1983 Lancia Martini 037 rally car. Paul looks very thoughtful.

I seem to remember 4-wheel drive cars and a lot of alloy wheels in the showroom when Stewart Wilson occupied it. It's currently empty and up for sale by auction.

Friday, 15 June 2012

Auction of Land 1882 part 1.

 I recently posted this auction of land document that took place in Hyde in 1882.
Here is the first page... I hope it is of some interest.
The prices are amazing. I wish they were the same in 2012 :)







Thanks to Jack and Doreen Morris for allowing us to show it !
Part 2 following soon.