Harry Rutherford's
Festival of Britain Mural

Sunday, 30 June 2013

One of Hydes Brave '710'

After reading the Peace Day poster below it got me thinking about my Great-Uncle Harry Mullins who is one of Hydes "710"  brave men who is commemorated on the Cenotaph on Werneth Low who died fighting for his country.

Harry was born in 1898 and was only 18 years old when he was killed in action at France & Flanders on the 13th November 1916,  having been on the frontline for the previous 18 months .
He was too young to have joined up without lying about his age and had they known I'm sure he would have been taken off the frontline.

Harry lived at 1 Mount Street and was the son of Jane and Henry Mullins.
His memorial is at Thiepval Memorial Somme, France.

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This used to hang on my Nan's wall.

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Harry aged approx 16 years old

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Saturday, 29 June 2013

Travis Street

A picture taken on Travis Street in the late 1920's.

My Auntie is shown far right. She still lives in Hyde at the good old age of 93 !

This picture is of 69 Travis Street  in , I believe, the 1940's with various members of the Etchells family  + friends.

69 Travis Street no longer stands. It is a small garden now. The alley way on the photo is still there though as can be seen on the photo below..

Friday, 28 June 2013

Borough Arcade - Then and Now

Borough Arcade looked to be quite "posh" in 1900 if the drawings are anything to go by !

Borough Arcade 1900 - picture taken from the Eastern Bazaar Handbook.


Thursday, 27 June 2013

Peace Day at Werneth Low

Dear Hydonian,
I am the Archiver and Researcher for the Hyde War Memorial Trust Registered Charity No.228670.  I enjoy looking at your site and sometimes leave comments.  I’m writing to let you know about the Peace Day Event at Werneth Low Country Park on Sunday June 30th, 1.30pm till 4pm.  With a Remembrance Ceremony taking place at the Cenotaph at 2pm, followed by a second remembrance service in the Memorial Garden by the Werneth Low Visitor Centre.  This event is done to remember and give thanks for all the people who have given their lives in conflict.  I have included a poster for the event in the attachments if you could please kindly put this in on your blog that would be great.
Also, as part of this event I would to invite people to bring information about their relatives who died in the First World War in preparation for the 100th Anniversary of the start of World War One next year.  
For the past two years I have been researching the 710 Men of Hyde who died between 1914 and 1921, who are commemorated by the Cenotaph.  My current research is on display at Werneth Low Visitors Centre and I am in the process of creating a website to display my work online.  I would like people attending the peace day event to find out if their relatives are included in the list of 710 Men, and to share what they know about their relatives.  Helping to update our files and information in time for the 100thAnniversary next year. If you would like to ask any questions about the event, the 710 Men of Hyde or share information I can be contacted on hwmtarchives1921@yahoo.co.uk or visit the Werneth Low Country Park, Lower Higham Visitors Centre, Higham Lane, Hyde, Cheshire, SK14 5LR.

Thank you.

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Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Daniel Adamsons Staff Photo 1947

The following was sent via email by David Stafford.

Over to David....

"Hi all
I have been loaned a photograph from my brother Jeff.
It’s a picture of part of the personal employees at Daniel Adamson’s DukinfIeld September 1947.
The pictures measures 37 inches X 10 inches so I have had to scan it in four parts.
I know it’s not a direct picture of Hyde but with the works being on the boundary of Hyde and DukinfIeld
it employed many local peoples so they maybe family or relative on the photo with the residents of Hyde.
Each section can be enlarged for you to clearly see the faces of the employees."

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Many thanks to David and, of course, Jeff for the loan of the photo.

Unfortunately, it isn't possible to make the faces any bigger on the blog but if anyone would like a larger size let us know and I'll see what can be done.

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Eastern Bazaar part 1

I have recently been very lucky in acquiring a book from 1900.
It is the official handbook of a Bazaar that was held  at the Mechanics Hall in Hyde on behalf of the Hyde Wesleyan Methodist Church on Norfolk Street.

Makes fascinating reading !

Below are the first lot of excerpts from it !

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Monday, 24 June 2013

Summers here !

Here is a nice 'Summery shot' of Buttercup Meadow 
aka "Shanes Field" which is at the top end of Gower Hey Wood.

It used to be such a beautiful field in the Summer, until the council in its infinite wisdom started cutting the grass every  few weeks which stopped the buttercups from seeding for the next year. I'm happy to say that the council now leave it as a wild meadow and all the beautiful wild flowers are starting to return.

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Photo circa mid 1980's.
Note the houses on York Road can be seen in the distance.

Sunday, 23 June 2013

Room with a View

This fab shot was taken from Chartist House - looks like from the top floor to me !!
It shows Hyde Uniteds Ewen Fields before it turned blue and became the home to Hyde FC !!
Notice Walls Factory (Kerry Foods) behind and Hattersley in the distance !

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Thanks to Elsie D for sharing with us :)

Saturday, 22 June 2013

Pretty May Queens.

A postcard of a Hyde May Queen Procession.
Any information of when and where is appreciated.

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from wikipedia

Today the May Queen is a girl who must ride or walk at the front of a parade for May Day celebrations. She wears a white gown to symbolise purity and usually a tiara or crown. Her duty is to begin the May Day celebrations. She is generally crowned by flowers and makes a speech before the dancing begins. Certain age groups dance round a Maypole celebrating youth and the spring time.

Friday, 21 June 2013

Rosemount Methodist Church Centenary Celebration

The following comes from the Rosemount Methodist Church Centenary Celebration booklet of 1852-1952.
It shows the programme of events between Saturday June 21st to Sunday July 6th...

The range of celebrations shows how popular the church was at this particular time in its history.

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Many thanks to Werneth Low for sharing this booklet.
Much appreciated indeed. :)

Thursday, 20 June 2013

St Georges Football Team

The following photo and information was given to me Clive Cooper and Neil Hadfield.
It shows St Georges Junior School Football Team 1971/2.
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Back Row l to right -  
Gary Pangburn, Clive Cooper, Neil Hadfield, Andrew Sijon, Paul Andrews, Darren Arrowsmith. 

Front Row l to r - 
Neil Garlick, Phil Vickers, Bob Heap, Anthony Passant, Phil Robinson. 

Thanks Clive and Neil - Much appreciated. 
ps. You haven't changed a bit ;)

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Daniel Adamsons

The Following was sent to us by Judith Hunt....

"I have attached a photo I found in my fathers possessions. I know it is of  men who worked in the office of D Adamsons .  My father Harry Helliwell is second on right in back row.  He started as an apprentice draftsman at the age of 14 and was the youngest amongst them. Sadly I do not know anyone else's names but maybe someone's else's father or grandfather is in the picture and can recognize them I am making a guess that the photo could be around early 40's

  My grandfather Charlie (Charles Helliwell) also worked for Adamsons for 50 years as a fitter and turner and on retirement received a gold watch engraved on the back. This is still in the family today and working well.  You do not see this kind of farewell gift  of thanks these days."

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From wikipedia

In 1851  Daniel Adamson established a small iron works in Newton, Cheshire, expanding it a year later by building a new foundry called the Newton Moor Iron Works on Muslin Street (now Talbot Road), between Hyde and Dukinfield. He specialised in engine and boiler making, initially following designs created by Hackworth, making and exporting the renowned "Manchester Boilers". Adamson was able to experiment with the newfound wealth from the worldwide export of these boilers which incorporated ring joints in the form of his patented Anti-Collapsive Flange Seam. He was also one of the pioneers of explosive forming used in the foundry process.[2]
In 1872 he designed and built the Daniel Adamson and Co factory, a new premises in Dukinfield next to Dewsnap Farm (off Dewsnap Lane), with its entrance on Johnsonbrook Road. This new works was approximately 1,000 yards (910 m) from the old foundry but the site was large and had enough spare land around it for any planned expansion.
He improved the design and manufacturing process (pioneering the use of steel and taking out 19 patents in the process) over the 36 years he was involved with boiler and other foundry manufacturing. When he died in 1890 the business employed some 600 people.
Adamson's other business interests included a mill building company in Hyde ('The Newton Moor Spinning Company'), the Yorkshire Steel and Iron Works at Penistone, the Northern Lincolnshire Iron Company at Frodingham, and large share-holdings in iron works in Cumberland and south Wales.

Many Thanks, Judith and Wikipedia :)
Much appreciated.

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Days long gone.

The following photo was given to us by Mike Thelwell.
The photo was taken circa 1959 and I believe it was taken on Shepley Street/John Shepley Street in Hyde.

Monday, 17 June 2013

"Reliving our Youth"

The following was sent to us by Joyce and Graham Sharp and it is precisely for the reasons they outline below just why we do the blog.
Hyde Cheshire Blog.

One of the first things that Joyce and I do each day is to look at this Blog and also the Hyde Daily Photo by Gerald England. Why do we this and look forward to it so much?

Joyce and I were brought up in Hyde, we were married at Hyde Chapel in 1956, we had two sons and left Hyde for Canada in 1966. Our parents and siblings are all dead now leaving a few cousins, nieces and nephews and friends in England. We now have three children, seven grandchildren and one great grandson, we have had no time to be "homesick".

However, as we get older there is a strong, but futile desire to relive our youth, a feeling shared by many. But, "You can't go home again". 

We cannot walk up Joel Lane and over Werneth Low. We cannot go down Hyde on a Saturday evening for a Football Pink and the Empire News. I cannot go to the Moulders for a pint with my Dad and on to Ewen Fields with a Handforths pie at half time.
We cannot go to the August Wakes Week Fair on the Market Ground or to the Ritz for a Saturday matinee. A tripe tea upstairs at the UCP is a distant memory.

Are there still Saturday night dances at Enfield Street School ? Does Jock still have his stall on Hyde Market?

A quick game of snooker in the Billiard Hall upstairs behind the Hippodrome on the way home from school.

To be able to walk down Hyde Lane looking in the many and wonderful shop windows.

These are some of the many things that we would like to do but, either they do not exist any more or, we don't have the legs for it!

So, this is where the Blogs come in, by refreshing some of those memories with the wonderful posts from so many people.

Thanks to Team Hydonian and particularly to you. Nancy, for helping us "relive our youth"

Joyce Baddeley and Graham Sharp on Werneth Low, 1954.
Many Thanks to you both for sharing the memories with us :) 
It's lovely to be able to help you relive your youth ! 

Sunday, 16 June 2013

Construction of the M67 Motorway

Steve Hill sent us the following photos and note after the appeal yesterday about photos of the building of the M67.
They are fantastic !!
These are exactly the kind of photos that we are looking for..

"Here are a few more pictures of the M67 motorway under construction . Unfortunately they are not good quality as they are taken from Dennis Roylances film, the same film that the Ritz pictures came from but it does show the construction ".

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Love this one. It shows the two tower blocks of John Grundy House and Chartist House and don't they look close together. It also shows the building of the DHSS building on New Beech St. Hyde Department Store (now Morrisons) can also be seen middle,far left.

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The Astoria can just be seen middle,right of the picture.

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Hyde Department Store can be seen top right on this photo.

Thank you so much, Steve.
I have been looking for photos of the construction of the M67 for years !!

Saturday, 15 June 2013

M67 Construction Picture

Here are a couple of photos sent to us by David Stafford.

Over to David ...

A couple of pictures taken awhile ago, the first one is constructing the M67 motorway.

The second is of the building of the generator house at Godley Waterworks in the late 1950, showing ICI double chimney.

 Great Photos, David. Thanks for sharing with us :)

I'd love to see more photos of the construction of the M67. There must be so many out there !

Friday, 14 June 2013

Junction Inn revisited

The following was sent to us by Judith Hunt.

Over to Judith...

"I was interested in the photo of the Junction Inn, but I knew it was not the right picture.  I attach a photo taken around 1984." 

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"My great grandmother Mary Ann Helliwell had a shop at 148 Ashton Road which remained in the family for some years.  I know she was living in the shop in 1918 when her son was killed  at war. I also know that her daughter Edith kept the shop,  she had a daughter called Jean. Then  for a while my parents took over,  then my mothers  brother took it over for a short time before coming to Australia. I would say around late forties the shop ceased or was taken over. I know the 1984 photo shows the original shop as part of the hotel now. I would be interested to know if anyone does have earlier photo’s of the Junction with the shop alongside."

If anyone can help, please send the photo to us where we can,in turn, send it on to Judith  :)

Many Thanks for sharing, Judith !

Thursday, 13 June 2013

A Sketch of Zion Church

Here is a fantastic drawing of the old Zion Congregational 
Church building by Barbara Sole. 
It is as it appears on the front cover of the book 
"The History of Zion - 1847 - 1996" which was written by 
my Mum, Doreen Morris.

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I loved the old building - It was full of nooks and crannies to play hide and seek in which me and my sister did frequently when we went over with my Mum 
when she practised playing the organ.

Thanks to Barbara Sole for use of the Picture and ,of course, Doreen Morris for writing the book.  :)

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Pudding Lane

A nice shot of Pudding Lane in the time before the housing estate was built in Hattersley..

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Tuesday, 11 June 2013

The Junction Inn

The Junction Inn was situated at 150 Ashton Road in Newton. 
It was opened  in 1857 and was named after the new rail link at Hyde Junction which was run from the main Manchester to Sheffield route .

At the rear of the Junction there used to be a small factory making hats and many of the workers would call in for much needed refreshments.

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After much detective work by many people it appears that the postcard is of The Junction Inn which stood on the corner of New Mills Road and Chapel Road, Hayfield and NOT the one on Ashton Road as stated on the back. It was demolished about 1934/5. 
This piece of information comes from David Stafford.

Many Thanks, David :)

Monday, 10 June 2013

Rosemount Chapel Interior

Here is a lovely postcard sent to us by Werneth Low.
It shows the interior of Rosemount Chapel in Flowery Field.
It was quite similar to the old Zion Congregational interior.

I was christened in this chapel :)

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Many thanks for the loan of the postcard.
Much appreciated.

Saturday, 8 June 2013

Gower Hey Wood ?

I believe the following photo to be taken in Gower Hey Wood with King George Road in the background. 
Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong.

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Mr Jesse Braddock and friend circa 1950's

Thanks to Mike Thelwell for loan of the photo.
Much appreciated.

Friday, 7 June 2013

Summer is Here !!

Below are some beautiful photos of Werneth Low, taken this morning, by my good friend Gee Cross Cartoonist Tony Husband.

It seems that drawing cartoons isn't his only gift !!

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Many Thanks, Tony !
Much appreciated as always :)

Thursday, 6 June 2013

"Ten Pound Pom"

I saw this in the Advertiser this week and thought I'd give it some publicity.

I hope he gets some replies. :-)

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