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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.


Tom said...

Great prices... and a great posting Nancy... looking forward to part 2

Marjorie said...

Do we know who bought the various lots?

Anonymous said...

Can anybody shed some light on why it was all being auctioned ?

Dave Williams said...

When the post showing the Auction of Land Document appeared a couple of months ago I suggested that the mill in question might be Marler's Mill on Ashton Road, Newton. It can now be seen that it is, in fact, Greenfield Mill and Ian Haynes' book 'Hyde Cotton Mills' has this to say about Greenfield Mill for the period after it was leased from John Howard by John and Thomas Thorniley in 1843:

'The Thornileys were producing shirtings and printers at Greenfield Mill in the later 1840s and remained in occupation both there and at High Street Mill, Godley, until both mills were stopped in June 1879. In 1880 Greenfield Mill was taken over by the partnership of Arnold Palmer Aspland and Samuel and John Horsfield trading as the Greenfield Mills Spinning Co Ltd but Aspland left two years later and the firm became Horsfield & Co Ltd.'

Greenfield House is included in Lot 1 of the sale and as Ian Haynes says in the write-up on Greenfield Mill:
'John Howard once lived at Greenfield House, adjoining the mill and later the site of Hyde Town Hall.....'
The foundation stone of Hyde Town Hall was laid the year after this auction took place.

The cottages in Cross Street, Port Street, Milk Street and Market Street might all have housed mill-workers and have belonged to the mill-owners, in fact all the properties in Lots 1 to 11, but I don't see how the Norfolk Arms in Lot 12 comes into it. The auction itself was in the Norfolk Arms, of course.