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Sunday, 21 December 2014

Shadows at Hyde Central


I posted a view of the works at Hyde Central Station on 12th December.

This photograph was taken at the same time and shows the northern section of platform 1 which has been completed.

A contribution to Shadow Shot Sunday.

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Saturday, 20 December 2014

A sideways look at Christmas reflections


A sideways look at the reflection of the Christmas Tree in Hyde Civic Square.

For a proper look at the whole tree and its surroundings see Hyde DP Xtra.

A contribution to Weekend Reflections.

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Friday, 19 December 2014

Continued demolition of ABC Wax


In October I showed you photos of the demolition work at the old ABC Wax dye works.

This is a more recent view from the café in Morrisons supermarket across the motorway.

Ashton Brothers built Newton Bank Printworks in Hyde in the early 1800s. In 1899 F.W.Ashton became part of the Calico Printers association (CPA). In 1908 the first wax prints (production Batiks using handblock) were produced. In 1959, CPA purchased the Swiss trading company A.Brunnschweiler, and in 1970 that became the company name replacing F.W.Ashton.

A.Brunnschweiler & Co was soon abbreviated to ABC which later became the brand name of its wax prints in West Africa. ABC was purchased by the Cha group in 1992. In 2005, production of the standard ABC product was transferred to another group factory in Ghana called Akosombo Textiles Ltd (ATL)

All production ceased at Newton bank printworks in December 2007 and all the necessary machinery was transferred to ATL in Ghana. The site was then decommissioned and cleaned up prior to demolition in 2014.

A full record of the demolition with photos and videos can be found on the Demolition of ABCWAX blog created by site manager David Bradley.

A contribution to Skywatch Friday.

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Thursday, 18 December 2014

Sign hanging off at Hyde Library


I showed you this sign for Hyde Library in January 2014. It is now hanging off and has been for some weeks.

In September I posted about the protest to "Save our Library". The council dismissed this protest as being politically motivated and claimed that library services were not being lost merely moved to another building (the Town Hall) ignoring the fact that the protest was not just about losing the service but about losing an historic building.

Tameside council have already closed Denton Library.
Denton Library is to relocate to Denton Town Hall as part of a wider programme to reduce the number and costs of Council-owned buildings. Tameside Council's priority is to save services over buildings in its challenge to meet £142m Government funding cuts to its budget. Denton library is moving as part of this strategy and will in fact be going back to its original roots as the service started life in a room in the town hall in 1888.
Now they plan to do the same in Hyde!

Hyde Library was originally Hyde Technical School and Free Library. It opened in 1897 replacing the former Mechanics Institute. See the original plan for the building on Old Hyde.

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A contribution to signs, signs and Good Fences.

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

The Embarrassment of Mottram Christmas Tree


The Christmas tree on the Market Place at Mottram in Longdendale was branded the worst in Britain when it was planted by Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council. Villager Emma Purcell created the Facebrook Group The Embarrassment of Mottram Christmas Tree as a place for members past and present of Mottram community to air their anger and views about the size and quality of the Christmas Tree, believing they deserved bigger and better! However once the anger had dissipated, "Twiggy", as it has come to be known, has kindled much community spirit.

A charity night was organised with entertainment in the nearby White Hart and carol singing on the Market Place raising money for Reuben's Retreat.

The Crown Pole in the background was originally erected in 1760 to commemorate the coronation of George III.

The village stocks in the foreground were moved here in the 1960s having been discovered during the building of the Hattersley estate.

Another view of the tree can be seen on Hyde DP Xtra.

A contribution to Our World Tuesday.

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Monday, 15 December 2014

Trees at the entrance to Hyde Town Hall


It used to be a tradition for a large Xmas tree to be placed outside Hyde Town Hall.

See how it looked in 1998, again in 2009 and the same tree covered in snow in January 2010.

Now though we have far fewer lights and the tree is in the Civic Square.

Recently, however, two new Christmas trees have replaced bushes on either side of the entrance to the Town Hall. One is sponsored by KFC and the other by McDonalds.

A closer view of the sponsored trees can be found on Hyde DP Xtra.

A contribution to Whimsical Windows, Delirious Doors and contribution to Ruby Tuesday.

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