The name "HYDE" is derived from the hide, a measure of land for taxation purposes, taken to be that area of land necessary to support a peasant family. In later times it was taken to be equivalent to 120 acres .
We recently received these postcards and the following message from Steve, via email....
"Hi Team Hydonian
I have just come across a couple of real photographic postcards which might be of interest to you.
They both have Werneth Low written on the back but that is it!
I was wondering if you could shed any light on the event which is taking place and the date - I think it is around 1910."
We believe it to be Hyde Cricket Club on Werneth Low but if anyone can shed any more light on them please contact us.
Many Thanks, Steve, :) UPDATE (from Dave Williams) I've been up to Hillside Road today (3 Oct) and taken a photo from a point quite close to the cricket ground to see how it compares with that in the first photo above. Here it is:
And this is what it looks like in black and white:
Here's a couple of advertisements from The Reporter Pictorial Review in Pictures of 1930.
I can't find out anything about H. Rigby & Sons but Cotton Street, where the Workshop and Warehouse was, ran between Russell Street and Mottram Street, just about where Clark Way passes behind Tameside Caravans.
Arcoleine Lubricants didn't last for long after this advert was originally printed:
The ARCOLEINE LUBRICANTS Limited.
Extraordinary Resolution (pursuant to the Companies
Act, 1929 sections 117 and 225), passed
the 1st day of November, 1934.
AT an Extraordinary
General Meeting of the
Members of the above named Company, duly
convened, and held at the Philanthropic Hall,
Hamnett Street, Hyde, on the 1st day of November,
1934, the following Extraordinary Resolution
was duly passed : —
"That it has been proved to the satisfaction of
this Meeting that the Company cannot, by reason
of its liabilities, continue its business, and that it
A postcard showing the Hyde FC team of the season 1913/14.
Hyde FC were formed in 1885 the club changed its name to Hyde United in 1919, before reverting to Hyde FC in June 2010.
*Historian Tom Middleton has said the club began at Walker Fold on the old Hyde Rugby Club field but the North Cheshire Herald refers to a ground off Mottram Road. Hyde F.C. later moved to Townend Street but moved to Ewen Fields in 1906 after merging with Hyde St George's who played in the Lancashire Combination league. The club folded in 1917 during WW1
on the grounds of what was termed war reaction. When the conflict
ended, demands were made to resurrect the club. Although the "new" club
was called Hyde United (to avoid incurring the old club's debts), it was
effectively Hyde FC under a new name and included many of the former
Here is a photo sent to us by Barbara Tomlinson.
It shows a Leigh Street Juniors class photo from approximately 1954. Note the old stand of Hyde United in the background and the tree that stands on Tinkers Passage.
The photo is of my class and classmates.
Top row: Arthur Nash, Harold ? David Walker Christine Mitchell, Kenneth Morehouse, Esme
Thomas, Pauline Memory, Kevin Bell, Pauline Shawcross, Geoffrey Haywood, John
Williams, Brian Lewis, Second Row: David Carr, Gerald Taylor, Maureen
Whitehurst, Edgar Ellis, Brenda Lewis, Me, Alan Tomlinson, Nona Gregory, Harry
Hall, Joan Longdon, Bill Morris, Russell Cooper, Third Row: ? Kathleen Harrison,
? Rosalind Warner, Bernice Bennett, Delia Gaunt, Edith Etchells, Ann Magraw,
Sylvia Barber, Hillary Tyson, Christine Feukes, Fourth Row. John Bradley,
Neville Leigh, Peter Daniels, Melvin Gregory, Christopher Mallard, Fred Durham,
Harold Rushworth, Teachers
Mr Amail, left. Headmaster Mr Renwick.
Many Thanks, Barbara. P.S. I notice that my Brother in law, Bill, was in your class ! :)
We've had posts about Holy Trinity Church before and we know that the original church was built in 1874, originally without a tower which was added in 1904.
This is the front cover of a booklet I've got and, as it says, it's a history of the church from the time it was built up until 1974. One of the first illustrations in the book is of the church as it was originally built:
The booklet later says:
"During the early years of this century very ambitious schemes had been mooted to improve the fabric and appearance of the church and its immediate surroundings. Various suggestions for additions and improvements were discussed, several schemes even got to the stage of having plans drawn and approved by the diocesan surveyor. These included the abortive scheme for a lych gate, a new rail at the top of the chancel steps, and extensive panelling on the west wall. All these came to nothing but the plans are still preserved. The centre of what was known as the 'Queen Victoria Memorial' was indeed the tower, the erection of which was first seriously discussed in 1901. It should be stressed that the erection of a tower as a memorial was not an effort solely confined to Holy Trinity. The building committee was an inter-denominational one, the memorial being that of the village of Gee Cross. A building committee was formed and it was decided to erect a tower capable of safely housing both a clock and a peal of bells. The work was undertaken by Messrs. Armitage of Gee Cross, following the grant of a faculty in 1901. The memorial stones were laid on July 18th 1903, the tower being built on the site of the former baptistry. During the work the font itself was not moved, but was encased with wood to prevent damage. The tower was finally completed in 1904 and consecrated by the then Bishop of Chester, Bishop Jayne on April 23rd in that year and at a meeting held shortly after the consecration, the treasurer of the building committee was able to report that, out of the £819 the tower had cost to erect, only £69 remained outstanding."
The Rev T.G. Williams was Vicar of Holy Trinity from October 1882 till 1913. He spent his retirement in Birkenhead where he died on 4th January 1922 and was interred at Holy Trinity on 9th January.
The booklet says this about the clock:
"Almost immediately, a clock was promised and later provided, during 1904, by Mrs. Brown, the widow of the late Canon Brown in memory of her husband. This was dedicated on 31st December 1904 by Canon Maitland Wood, afterwards being set in motion by Mrs. T.G. Williams, wife of the Vicar. The clock itself was manufactured by William Potts & Sons of Leeds and is designed on similar lines to those installed by the same maker in the cathedrals of Lincoln, Carlisle, Ripon, Chelmsford, Bradford and Armagh. The clock movement is fitted with Lord Grimsthorpe's double, three legged gravity escapement and a 1.25 seconds zinc and iron compensated pendulum, which meant that any possible wind resistance on the hands of the clock did not affect the time keeping. Each of the three external dials is 3 ft. 9 inches in diameter and is made up of a skeleton frame of cast iron, glazed with opaque glass, to provide for illumination from within. The clock is manufactured to chime the Cambridge or Westminster Quarters and the makers were generous enough to loan a bell on which the hours could be struck, until a peal of bells was obtained."
This is what it says about the bells:
"A gift of a peal of eight bells was made in the autumn of 1906 by Mrs. Elkanah Woodhead in memory of her husband, and a formal ceremony was held in the school on 29th December to mark the installation, which was attend by the church officers and various colleagues and descendants of the late Mr. Woodhead. On Monday 31st December, the bells were dedicated and a public meeting presided over by Mr. Councillor Knowles was held. The year 1907 was rung in by a peal, which was commenced shortly before midnight. Information about the bells themselves was supplied by the founders, Messrs. John Taylor & Co. of Loughborough as follows:-
cwt qrs lbs Note
Tenor 15 1 10 F
7th 10 1 3 G
6th 7 1 24 A
5th 6 2 2 B flat
4th 5 0 3 C
3rd 4 1 11 D
2nd 3 3 6 E
Treble 3 1 24 F
The total weight of these bells is 2 tons 16 cwt. 1 qr. 11 lbs. and it is for this reason, coupled with the limited amount of space available, that the bells are merely struck and not swung. The largest bell is inscribed with details of the gift by Mrs. Woodhead."
Pudding Lane was an ancient route between Godley and Mottram. The
western end leaves the present Mottram Road opposite Longlands Lodge.
The Eastern end has been submerged into the Hattersley housing estate.
Sundial Cottage, dated 1697, on Pudding Lane had a stone sundial on its
front. Although a listed building, it was badly vandalised and
eventually demolished. Only the names of two terraces, Sundial Walk and
Sundial Close on the Hattersley estate now commemorate the site.
Thanks to geograph and Gerald England
In July last year Nancy did a post on the opening of the new Clarendon Square Shopping Centre in November 1991. I've come across a cutting from The Reporter of 11 July 1991 which had these pictures and stories about the reconstruction work on the shopping centre.
I think we did a post some time ago featuring the brochure mentioned above but I've not been able to find it.
This was printed in 1991, so these photographs must have been taken in 1966.
Captain Clarke's Bridge, originally named Wood End Canal Bridge is
situated at the end of Woodend Lane. The bridge was erected before
Captain Clarke rose to prominence and therefore probably became known as
Captain Clarke's bridge after he retired and resided there.
Market Street, where it meets Manchester Road, just outside the Old Bus station. The Doggie Meat Shop is the tall building to the right with Barry Hetts fishing shop next door on the right of the picture.
The Astoria at the top of the bus station. The Royal Albert pub ( now Bike and Hound) is centre and the DHSS building on new Beech Street.
A view across the Bus station looking from the Astoria.
Looking the other way from the Manchester Road end of the Bus station.
At Newton Hall at the recent Heritage Weekend there were a variety of local history books on sale. One of them, entitled 'Reporter Pictorial Review in Pictures 1930' I hadn't seen before so I bought a copy.The book contains an interesting selection of pictures from all around Tameside and some of the surrounding area as well, together with contemporary advertisements. On the last page of the book is this advertisement for the Theatre Royal:
The following is an article from the North Cheshire Herald of the 20th July 1995. It tells of ghostly events in an old warehouse on Albion Street. Albion street is now no more, but used to run from Great Norbury Street to Henry Street, between Croft Street and Corporation Street. The Millenium play area now occupies the site. It was named from the Albion mechanical engineering works which was situated on Henry Street approx where Hatton Grange is now.If anyone knows any more about the warehouse please get in touch.
If you have any pictures, stories, memories, or items from or about Hyde and you would like to share them here with other like minded Hydonians please get in touch with us. Either leave us a comment or even better email us:
Tom, Dave, Paul and I would like to say thank you to everyone for contributing to this blog in some small way - even if that means just reading it! It's been more of a success than we could ever have dreamt of and that's all down to you ! It was our intention to get Hyde "on the record" as it were and it seems to be heading in the right direction. We are very proud of Hyde and would like it's history to live on!