Harry Rutherford's
Festival of Britain Mural

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Hyde Baths

This is another newspaper cutting from the 'All Our Yesterdays' paper printed by the Reporter some years ago.

This is what Wikipedia has to say about British Restaurants:
"British Restaurants were communal kitchens created during the Second World War to ensure communities and people who had run out of rationing coupons were still able to eat.
They were set up by the Ministry of Food and run by local committees on a non-profit making basis. Meals were purchased for a set maximum price of 9d (equivalent to just under 4p, about $2 US or £1 GBP in purchasing power 2008) or less. No-one could be served with a meal of more than one serving of meat, game, poultry, fish, eggs, or cheese. Restaurants in the UK were not subject to rationing but some restrictions were placed on them, for instance no meal could be more than three courses and the maximum price was five shillings (equivalent to 25p today, but $10 or £5 in buying power 2008).
Originally called 'Community Feeding Centres', the name British Restaurants was preferred by Winston Churchill.
By mid-1941 over 200 of these restaurants existed in the London County Council area, although the Wartime Social Survey conducted in 1942-43 indicated they were more popular in London than in the rest of the country. In November 1942 there were 1,899 restaurants, in November 1943 there were 2,145 and in December 1944 there were 1,931. 546 authorities made profits and 203 made losses, though they were set up to be not-for-profit.
Some smaller places did not qualify for a British Restaurant but instead had what was termed a Cash and Carry Restaurant with meals being delivered from a British Restaurant in the area."

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

The Green Guide.



A regular sight in many houses in the 1960's.

Monday, 29 October 2012

Lowry's Night Club Request

Left to Right:  Cockney John Kinnard, Tom Wigley, Dave Brinsley, and Big Huey Travis... 

I wonder if any of our readers went into Lowry's in the 1980s.. and if so do they have any pictures, if you do please send them in. If you have memories from here that are printable I will sort out a post with what turns up.

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Hyde War Memorial (Cenotaph), A brief history

 I thought with the Remembrance Day not far off, a brief history of the Hyde War memorial or Cenotaph as it is commonly known would be appropriate.
The war memorial was erected in 1921 to commemorate the loss of over 700 Hyde men in the first world war of 1914-1919.
The task of organising a suitable war memorial scheme was given to Councillor E. Bury JP, who became Mayor of Hyde in 1919. The amount required was estimated at £12,500, but over £14,000 was raised by voluntary contributions. Of this £4,000 was spent on the purchase of the Lower Higham Farm estate, on Werneth Low and a further £2,000 was spent on the actual monument.
The monument itself took the form of an obelisk of Cornish granite with a total height of 27ft 6". The site is the highest point of Werneth Low known as the Hacking Knife, some 800ft above sea level.
The four sides of the lower portion of the monument bear inscriptions. The slab facing the town is surmounted by the borough of Hyde coat of arms and bears the words "The Great War, 1914-1919". The next slab to the right bears the inscription " In honour of the 710 men of Hyde who gave their lives for King and Country". The next contains the words " In proud remembrance," and on the last are the words " They willingly left the unachieved purpose of their lives in order that all life should not be wrenched from the purpose".
The War memorial was unveiled on Saturday afternoon, June 24th, 1921. a number of processions made their way, by various routes to the summit, and by 3.30 pm the assembly around the memorial had reached around 12,000. The Mayor Alderman S. Fawley, JP presided, supported by many prominent townsmen and women. The memorial was unveiled by Mrs Stanley Welch. Prayers and dedications were made and the deeds presented to the mayor.
A further part of the War memorial Scheme was the creation of a trust fund under which 268 children of the fallen sailors and soldiers received £4 per annum during the five years between the ages of 11 and 16 years. Other schemes were also formulated.




Saturday, 27 October 2012


Something a bit different today.... a bit of graffiti. This as been sent in by Ceecee one of our regular contributors.This artwork is on the old Godley signal box near the turntable, Ceecee wonders if Hyde has its own Banksy?

Friday, 26 October 2012

Apethorn Lane Farm

We have shown this farm before and I'm sure it will feature again, today picture is from our  regular contributor Aiden Prince.

This farm originally 15th century, but with external walls and other features of the 17th to 19th century. It  Cruck-Framed with brick and squared rubble walls and a graduated stone slate roof.

A cruck or crook frame is a curved timber, one of a pair, which supports the roof of a building, used particularly in England. This type of timber-framing consists of long, generally bent, timber beams that lean inwards and form the ridge of the roof. These posts are then generally secured by a horizontal beam which then forms an "A" shape. Several of these "crooks" are constructed on the ground and then lifted into position. They are then joined together by either solid walls or cross beams which aid in preventing racking (the action of each individual frame going out of square with the rest of the frame, and thus risking collapse).

Thanks for the picture Aiden

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Fletcher Millers Remembered

My thanks to Mark Spencer for todays post, he sent in this picture of the canteen ladies and,employees of Fletcher Miller from around the late 50s early 60s

Something I came across on Ebay


Wednesday, 24 October 2012

For 'Werneth Low'

It was a bit dull this morning but I went down to the Market Square and took these photographs of the new layout, more of less one from each corner:

And here's one looking at the Town Hall which I took about 3 weeks ago:
Gerald England has taken quite a few photographs of the Market Square over the last few months and you can find them here on the Hyde Daily Photo.

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

70's Views

Our thank to Aiden Prince for these shots of Market Place Hyde... Nice to see another view of the Fountain... I'm sure the old 'Town Map' can be seen on the same picture, just left of the tree, above the heads of the folks taking a rest on the benches. As a small boy I'd press the buttons and watch the map light up... I'd like to see a picture of that map or even one like it... 

Monday, 22 October 2012


I've got a booklet entitled 'A Guide to the Parish Church of St George's, Hyde, Cheshire' which is not dated, but appears to date from the early 1970s. The following are advertisements shown in the booklet.

Sunday, 21 October 2012

A Tale Of Old


 William Leech and the lawyer. The tale runs that a certain lawyer from Glossop, who practised in the Hyde
Court, had so badgered a witness that the latter sought for means of revenge. Out in the street the victim met the hero of the following ballad, who was mounted on a terribly high horse, and knowing the lawyer's liking for high steeds he put Leech up to accosting the advocate as he passed on his homeward ride up Mottram Road. The story is told by a local poet, and the ballad was very popular in it's day.

Not long ago, there met two men
On Mottram Road, I'll not say when.
Each in his own peculiar way
Intent on business that day.
They each were mounted on a nag,
And of their worth did freely brag ;
No other horse was worth a straw
Compared with that that carried Law.
But Leech, of course, would not say so.
For his one was the best to go ;
A fence the mare feared not a jot,
But bolted over like a shot.
The lawyer, being fond of sport,
Thought to himself " This is the sort
To lead the hunt and show the way,
By Jove, I am in luck to-day."
But as he had been tricked before
With buying horses, less or more.
He thought he now would try a dodge,
So wanted Leech to jump a hedge.
 Nay, nay," said Leech, " I am no rider,
But you may, if you'll get astride her."
So up jumped Law, and in a crack
Was o'er the hedge, and soon came back.
Said Mr. Law, " the mare will suit;
What money will you want to boot
'Twixt yours and mine, and give me luck ?"
" Well, dash," said Leech, " I want a ruck '
A little haggling 'twixt the pair
Took place, and Lawyer owned the mare,
Paying boot to Leech just seven pounds ten,
Who, laughing, thought—he's done again.
The lawyer said, "I'm right this round.
For the horse just sold I gave five pound."
 Well, well," said Leech, "the bargain's oer,
I now may tell, mine cost just four.
This made the Lawyer look quite blue,
And of the swap began to rue ;
To Hyde he rode, ne'er drawing reins,
And put the mare up at the Queen's.
He asked the host if ought he knew
About the mare ;—John looked askew.
And said " We'll send for Mr. Platt,"
Who said to Law, " You're done, that's flat."
This made the Lawyer look more queer.
He said " The mare may tarry here ;
At public auction I think I'll stake her,
If she does not sell, the Devil may take her."

Saturday, 20 October 2012

Mottram Old Road, Greenside

I recently came across this photograph which I took from Werneth Low, probably in the 1980s, of the road works on Mottram Old Road to get rid of what was considered to be a dangerous bend near High Bank and Greenside Farm.
For comparison I've cropped a photograph taken from nearly the same spot in October 2010 to show the same part of that road.

Friday, 19 October 2012

Martins Bank, Hyde

Martins Bank Limited was a Liverpool-based British financial services company that was taken over by Barclays Bank in 1969. The company has its origins in the 16th century and was said to have been founded by Sir Thomas Gresham , who began trading in Lombard Street under the sign of a grasshopper. After the Second World War it was the first bank to enter into partnership with a major retailer, opening banking concessions inside branches of the Lewis's department store chain.

Image © Barclays Ref 30/1399 Courtesy Martins Bank Archive.
Martins Bank Hyde Branch  which was situated on Market Street.


The bank was bought by Barclays Bank in 1969, when all of its seven hundred branches became branches of Barclays. Around 30 branches closed immediately, and ten were downgraded to sub-branches. Some, such as the sub-branch at Eaton, Norwich, Norfolk were brand new and handed over to Barclays on the day appointed by Act of Parliament for the merger of the two banks, 15 December 1969. The Martins grasshopper logo was retained for part of the combined business until the early 1980s, with "Martins Branch" and a small grasshopper appearing first on both statements and cheque books, later cheques only (see the Martins Bank Archive Project link below). Martins numbered among its customers a football pools company, a major airline and a world renowned shipping line. When these customers wanted to borrow large sums, Martins was known to have borrowed from other banks on a number of occasions to fulfil these requests. Even so, many who worked for the bank believed that Martins could have survived on its own, as at the time of takeover it was expanding its UK banking operation, and continuing a run of "firsts" which included:
  • First in the north of England with a cash machine in 1967
  • First with mobile banks to provide banking to remote areas
  • First with a drive-through bank in Leicester in 1959 and Epsom in 1966
  • First and only English bank to have a head office outside London
  • First to recognise and embrace the swinging 60s in its advertising
  • First to experiment with and then use a computer to operate current-account business
  • First with a branch on the centre court at Wimbledon
Women were contractually obliged to leave the bank upon marriage, and as late as 1965, men were not allowed to get married until their salary reached a prescribed level. Many of Martins' forms, and some procedures, were retained or later adopted by Barclays as being more advanced than their own.

Thanks to Wikipedia

Barclays Bank as it is today.
Thanks to Google maps.

Thursday, 18 October 2012

Queen Adelaide,Gee Cross.

 The following picture and email  are courtesy of Bill Lancashire....
"Here's a photograph I found amongst a pile of old family pictures.

Don't know the date but would guess late thirties or forties.  Most of the men are dressed in their Sunday best with collar and tie, suit and 'weskit'.  A couple of the men have their shirt collars on the outside of their jackets, while a couple appear to be wearing their 'union' shirt with no collar.  They are all wearing a buttonhole though - I wonder if they are roses and whether the occasion is a St George's Day outing.

I couldn't work out what the family connection was, but having enlarged the picture I think I've spotted my old Granddad Glithero on the back row, second from the left, and maybe my uncle, Bert Parkinson who was landlord of the Navigation, third from the right on the back row.

But who else can readers recognise?




Many thanks, Bill !
My husbands Great Aunt used to be the Landlady of the Queen Adelaide. I think it was in the 1950's. I'll try to find photo of her at the pub !

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Rev. D R Jacobs - Zion Congregational

Today we received this wonderful email and newspaper clipping from Mary-Helen Crowe....

Over to "Mary-Helen,

 I thought you might be interested in the attached clipping of Rev. D.R. Jacobs who was the Pastor at Zion and married my Grandparents in August, 1885.  He came to Manitoba in 1889 and my Grandparents came out to them in 1898.   When Rev. Jacobs retired they lived near us in Winnipeg and I remember him very well.  John Black Church they mention was my family Church and I was there when he preached  in his 90th year.  He was a great old man.
I was visiting my Granddaughter in Manchester in September, 2012 and went to Zion Congregational and met Pastor Hardiman.  He showed us archival books and I found a number of my great aunts and uncles baptismal records.  My great-grandmother was a Member of Zion, Violet Birch.   It was such a wonderful occasion for me to actually tread the spot my Grandparents did in their young years.
All the best,
Mary-Helen Crowe (age 84)"


What a lovely story !  
Many thanks Mary-Helen for sharing this with us !

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

A snowy day

 Looking out over Hattersley from Werneth Low on a 1970's Snowy Winters Day !


Monday, 15 October 2012

Memories and People of Talbot Road

The following photos and descriptions were sent to us by Bill Lewis in Oz.
They are of people local to Talbot Road in Newton plus a couple of shots of the demolition of St Marys School.



Photo's of St Mary's School, Talbot Rd, Newton being demolished.


The Sailor is Gilbert Bond, whose father, Jim, operated the Chippy at 156, Talbot Rd in the 1930s.  He was a scholar at St Mary's from 1933 onwards.


My Dad Bill Lewis who lived in the same Chippy at 156, Talbot Rd in the 40's and 50's.  Next to him is Doris Bond, his cousin, who lived in the chippy in the 30's.  Both attended St Mary's school in the 30's


A group photo of Joyce Taylor and her sister Nell Taylor who resided at 177, Talbot Rd in the 1940's.  Next to them is my Mum, Nell Lewis who resided in the Chippy at 156, Talbot Rd.  She is carrying my sister, Merilyn, another St Mary's scholar, Mike Surch, Arlene Surch (of 177, Talbot Rd) and myself in the middle. 

Many thanks as always, Barry !
Much appreciated ! :)

Sunday, 14 October 2012

Newton Hockey Club

Here's another picture from  the Reporter Pictorial Review of 1930.
I don't know anything about Newton Hockey Club or where they played their matches - does anyone know anything about them?

Saturday, 13 October 2012

"Didn't we have a lovely time..."

A day out for the Bowlers from the George and Dragon pub, Newton.
Sometime in the 1950s.

I'm not sure where they are but I'm sure someone may recognise a couple of them.




These 3 photos were sent to us by Colin Critchlow - Many Thanks, Colin !

Friday, 12 October 2012

Gower Hey Conservation Group

If ,like me, you are lucky enough to live near Gower Hey Woods then you will know all about the sterling work that is done by the Gower Hey Conservation Society.

For those people that are unaquainted with it , here is a brief description from the first issue of their new leaflet.

Please note that the group are always ready to welcome a new pair of hands to help them.
If you would like to find out more,  please visit www.tcv.org.uk  
or telephone Stuart Manson on 0161 368 8883


gowerhey003 Many thanks to all the volunteers for keeping the woods clean and nice for us all to enjoy !!  :)