Harry Rutherford's
Festival of Britain Mural

Thursday, 8 November 2018

Oddfellows Arms

Great little pub at one time...  

Anybody got any other pictures inside or out of the 'Oddies' please send the to me hydonian@gmail.com
 It would be nice to see some of your memories as well .

Thanks to Dave Barlow for sending these in taken by Karl Barlow in the 1980s

Monday, 15 October 2018

Hyde Seals Swimming Club Team 1903

Hyde Seals Swimming Club Team

 Hyde Seals Swimming Club Team, The Champions of England in 1903. The team won the Cheshire County League and the Manchester and District League that year.

Thursday, 11 October 2018

Post on behalf of Michael Smith

These was taken from an all our yesterdays magazine my dad had.
Hope you like them.

Thank you Michael.

Monday, 17 September 2018

Forty Gang Question

This post is from Michael Smith.

This is "The Forty Gang', not certain who they were or when it was taken and I would like to know if anyone has heard of them.

Thank you for sending this post in Michael, we have covered some of the information and hopefully more may come in when people read this...
If you have any pictures or information to share about this please get in touch with us here and I will gladly add it
Thank you

Michael, here is a post from 2010 and will give you an insight into the club.

The Forty Gang by Derek Adshead




This excellent article was sent to us by Judi Brown.
It was written by her late uncle, Derek Adshead (born 1925).  His father, Isaac Abbott, was one of the members of the Gang.

Thank you so much for this, Judi.....it helps to keep the history alive !

Monday, 3 September 2018

3 Old Adverts from 1964

Hope these stir a few memories...  

Hope these stir a few memories... 

Monday, 16 July 2018

Leavers Card Leigh Street Senior School 1941

In my emails this morning was this from Alf King.
Alt writes " I have been scanning a number of old photographs of my family and in amongst these I came across a School Leavers Card issued by the Hyde education Committee to my mother when she left Leigh St Senior school at the age of 14 in April 1941. I thought that you and some of your readers might be interested in it and the advice" that it contains, which I have attached.

Monday, 23 April 2018

Who was Ruth Cox?

Ruth Cox, was a working-class woman from Hyde, born in 1890. Ruth, kept a book of memoirs and letters about her life, school education and her experiences living in Hyde, particularly Nelson Street.  

These memories have been being made available online by Aaron Barton, a 22 year old Literature student. Aaron contacted me a while back now and I've been looking forward seeing what he came up with... I'm very impressed with and happy to share with you the link to his work on Writing Lives.

Working Lives is describe as a "Collaborative Research Project on Working-Class Autobiography".

So who was Ruth Cox? A true Hydonian with the foresight to document her life... a life we can now read about thanks to Aaron Barton and Working Lives.

                                                                               Ruth Cox

Friday, 9 February 2018

Gee Cross Laboratories.

Do you recall Gee Cross Laboratories? 

Where in Gee Cross was it? 

The advert below is from The Chemist & Druggist in 1954, so not that long ago really.. 

Friday, 5 January 2018


It is my sad duty to inform all that knew local Historian and Author Harry Lever that he passed away last night 04-01-18. If you knew Harry and any of the many groups he was a member of can you please share this. An update on his funeral arrangements will be posted as soon as possible Thank you