Wednesday, 7 August 2013

ABC Wednesday: D is for Dowson Road

This was originally Swain Street which ended shortly behind the photographer. It led to a quarry through which flowed the Gower Hey Brook.

In the 1930s the quarry was filled in, the brook culverted and a new road built to Gerrards bypassing Stockport Road through Gee Cross.

The new road was named after Henry Enfield Dowson (1837-1925) who became the minister of Hyde Chapel in 1867 and served for 51 years.

So Swain Street became subsumed by Dowson Road.

A contribution to ABC Wednesday.


  1. When I see the chimneys on the rooftops it makes me think of Mary Poppins.
    A crumpet at the cafe would be lovely.

  2. Definitely an archetypical English street!
    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

  3. Gee Cross was part of the address on the letters I used to write to my husband's wireless operator, - nice to see a picture of the surrounding streets.

  4. Love the name of the cafe!

    1. It's not actually a cafe but a sandwich shop - they do great baked potatoes as well as lunchtime specials such as beef hotpot, sausage & mash ...

  5. Hi Gerald, I don't know how you always manage to find the appropriate word or name for the letter of the week. This is a typically street in a British town. When you see the chimney clusters on the roofs, you know:" this can only be the UK.
    Have a great week, Gerald!
    Wil, ABCW Team.

  6. Looks like a really typical English street complete with signage for a cafe - love its name!

    abcw team

  7. I have heard about crumpets, but I don't know how they taste like ... like a scone, or cake, or cookie?