Harry Rutherford's
Festival of Britain Mural

Monday, 29 June 2015

Thou beauty Spot, Dear Werneth Low

Werneth Low, Hyde.

Thou beauty spot, dear Werneth Low
Upon thy hill I love to roam
Where the refreshing breezes blow
Thou art my favourite haunt, I own

I've often heard the lark's sweet song
And the thrushes in the clough below
And the little ones twittering all day long
When wandering on dear Werneth Low.

Nine hundred feet above the sea
She stands decked in a mantle green
And from the height there could not be
A view more gracious to be seen

I've been there in the morning grey

And watch the sun rise o'er hill
To see him mount his heavenly way
It does my soul with rapture fill

I've often been at eventide

To watch the sun before it sets
And view the country far and wide
A scene I cannot soon forget

And then I bid the scene farewell
And once again I homeward go
On thee I could for ever dwell
Thou beauty spot, dear Werneth Low

Pictures by
Brian Thornley

Monday, 22 June 2015

Chimney Down

Today's update is a video clip sent in from a regular visitor to the blog... over to Stephen.

Click to enlarge.

Its a view of the chimney on the land of the old A B C wax company coming down. Taken From A.P. Patterns Clarendon Industrial Estate, Clarendon Road Hyde. Saturday Morning 08/11/2014, its probably one of the last in Hyde? 
Stephen Roberts

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Mottram Old Road, Viaduct

I came across this picture last week whilst searching for something completely different. I have never seen this before. It shows the viaduct on Mottram Old Road between Gee Cross and Hattersley. It states it shows the dismantling of railway tunnels, after construction of cutting and viaduct. The picture as taken by a Mr. Maurice Marshall and dates 1907.
Can anyone add any more information about this, I've never heard of these tunnels before.

Monday, 8 June 2015



Peel Street / Stockport Road

Gee Cross, Hyde

Are hosting a "YEARS GONE BY" event.

Craft Stalls and Refreshments

On  Saturday 20th June
(  11am  -  2pm  )

Come along and share memorabilia you may have. Family Records are being made available to view. Also a display of photographs for over the years.
We would love to see you and Share memories, or just pop in for a cuppa and chat.
All Welcome
Posted On Behalf Of the Church


I received an email this evening which I think needed adding to this weeks posting. Over to Andrew.

I recall the old chapel and its adjacent hall and did manage to visit the place in the early 90s. The reason was because Woodley Methodist Players (a local amateur dramatic society now known as Woodley Players) purchased some redundant lighting equipment formerly used at Zion and is still in use today. I remember the stage and the
men's snooker room down below. The buildings hadn't been modernised to any great extent and was a very interesting place to explore. I wish I had visited more often whilst it was still in use.

Anyway, I have a few of the shots of the buildings during the latter stages of later demolition. I do recall there used to be a vintage cast iron sign on the chapel wall which directed you to Hyde Hospital. Sadly it disappeared when the initial stripping out began. I hope it still survives.
Although it was a shame the chapel and hall had to go, (such places are a rarity these days), I'm sure the new
facilities would have been a big improvement in terms of maintenance and upkeep.

Kind regards, Andrew

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Arthur Wilde, Projectionist and collector.

Today post is courtesy of Andrew who kindly got in touch and offered to send some items of interest in... and as you see he did!.

The photographs seem to date from the 1970s and include a great shot of the man himself "ARTHUR WILDE" in the Royal 2 box with "Albert". I presume this would be Albert Breakey, whose family were heavily involved in the theatre in earlier times.

Arthur Wilde in the Royal 2 box with Albert

The other picture features one of the Westrex 2000 projectors housed in the Royal 1 box, with Arthur in traditional pose.

Arthur Wilde in traditional pose

The pictures were part of a job-lot which were offered for sale on Ebay. It would appear that following Arthur's death in 2013, his personal effects in his home were disposed off, including his own private cinema. Although I understand his projectors etc were sold early on, the photos and other ephemera were put to one side by the dealer and have only recently resurfaced.
Although it was sad that some of Arthur's effects were to end up as the contents of a house clearance, at least these important archives will continue to show how things were at the Theatre Royal.

Theatre Royal, Hyde  by Harry Rutherford

Andrew is of course right, it is sad... but how much stuff in the past must have gone off to the tip at these sad times. One man's rubbish is another man's treasures, and some of the items that have been donated to this blog have indeed been rescued, social history being save for ever as got to be a good thing.

Thank you Andrew for having the good sense to bid on this lot, and then be kind enough to share with others.