Wednesday, 27 August 2014

ABC Wednesday: G is for Gerrards, Gee Cross

In the 17th century, opposite the end of Apethorn Lane was a small group of cottages known as Gerrards Fold.

The Ashton family farmed there before they embarked on the cotton trade in the district.

Towards the end of the 19th century the old fold was converted into a large Elizabethan style house known as "The Gerrards".

James Bradley lived there around 1905, Gladstone stayed there too as did a ghost. The now disgraced Stuart Hall once wanted to buy the property but the then owner refused him.

At the turn of the 21st century the house was demolished and replaced by three-storey modern town houses.

For an old photograph see the Hydonian blog.

A contribution to ABC Wednesday.

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Broadbottom Station

Apologies for the reflections as this was taken with my phone camera through a train window.

The Sheffield, Ashton-under-Lyne & Manchester Railway called the station "Broadbottom" when it opened on 10 December 1842. In July 1845, the name became "Mottram". The MS&L later decided on the best of both worlds when they renamed the station "Mottram and Broadbottom" on 1 May 1884. From 1 August 1897, the MS&LR became the Great Central Railway (GCR), and the GCR was merged with other companies to form the London and North Eastern Railway (LNER) on 1 January 1923.

Modern officials were not happy with such duplicity and the station reverted to its original title on 1 January 1954. Something of the former legend, though, was applied with the suffix "for Mottram and Charlesworth" remaining in use until comparatively recently.

Goods facilities here ceased on 15 July 1963 and the station remains open today. Catering for never more than local traffic the station did have a moment of glory for a short period in the 1920s, when the LNERs morning restaurant car express from Manchester London Road to London Marylebone called here.

Currently it is a stop of the Northern Rail service between Manchester Piccadilly and Glossop/Hadfield.

A contribution to Our World Tuesday.

Monday, 25 August 2014

Changing shops on Market Street

Looking across Market Street (A627) from the end of Edna Street. The baby needs shop Sabrinca has changed its colour scheme recently. Heacock's Old and Rare Bookshop which closed after the owner retired is now occupied by "Cash 4 Clothes".

A contribution to
Monday Mellow Yellows;
Blue Monday;
Whimsical Windows, Delirious Doors.

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Two dogs outside the mall

The two dogs outside the mall appear to be quite interested in the products on sale at Gabbotts Farm.

A contribution to Camera Critters.

Friday, 22 August 2014

Clarendon Mall: Looking Up

The ceiling of the Clarendon Square Shopping Centre. The sky is visible through the glass panels which reflect the crossbeams whilst at the same time the sun casts shadows on the walls.

A contribution to
Skywatch Friday;
Weekend Reflections;
Shadow Shot Sunday.

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Clarendon Place - August 2014

Compare this with the same view in April 2014.

The old multi-storey car park has gone. Work is just starting now on the erection of a KFC outlet on part of the site. See a bit more of that on Hyde DP Xtra.

A contribution to Good Fences.