Saturday, 28 February 2015

The Weekend in Black and White: Carrfield Mill Pond from Newton Street


A peek through the trees on Newton Street at the site of the former Carrfield Mill complex which has been completely demolished now.

In the centre is one of the mill ponds that supplied water and acted as a reservoir to be used in the case of fire.

See a view of the mill pond from Clark Way on Hyde DP Xtra.

A contribution to The Weekend in Black and White.

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Signs at the entrance to ABC Wax


Yesterday I posted a photo of Godley Brook looking upstream from the entrance to the former dyeworks at Hoviley.

Today's post is of the signs at the entrance to ABC Wax.

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 which began in 2014.

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

A contribution to signs, signs.

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

ABC Wednesday: G is for Godley Brook


Godley Brook looking upstream from the entrance to the former dyeworks at Hoviley.

On the left behind the demolition site is Godfrey Mill which has been converted into apartments.

On the right is the M67 motorway.

Compare with the same view in
September 2014;
March 2013;
July 2011;
September 2009;
March 2009;
May 2007.

See the view in the opposite direction on Hyde DP Xtra.

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

A contribution to ABC Wednesday.

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Sleet on the Street



Outside Wendy's Hair and the British Red Cross charity shop by the bus stop on Market Street a short sharp shower of sleet has made the pavement very slippery.

A contribution to Our World Tuesday.

Monday, 23 February 2015

Strawberry-Beret Dress Agency


The Strawberry-Beret Dress Agency run by Sue Jones, started out as an online business buying and selling pre-loved clothing. Now it is also operating from two units at Hyde Indoor Market.

See Hyde DP Xtra for two more photographs.

Visit their Facebook page.

A contribution to Blue Monday.

Sunday, 22 February 2015

February shadow on Clarendon Place


A cold February sun briefly casts the shadow of a pollarded tree on the shutters of the former Clarendon Gift shop on Clarendon Place.

Compare with a similar scene in September 2012.

A contribution to Shadow Shot Sunday.

Saturday, 21 February 2015

Weekend Reflections: How Is Your Glass?


Going through my archives I came across this photograph from August 2009.

I saw this half-pint beer glass standing on a window-sill at the side of the Bike 'n' Hound public house late one Saturday morning. It had probably been there since Friday night.

A contribution to Weekend Reflections.

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Bye Bye Byles


The former furniture showroom on Russell Street is no longer Byles of Hyde as the firm has moved to new premises and are now Byles of Marple.

On the other side of the car park is the Royal Mail Sorting office.

See it from the opposite direction on Hyde DP Xtra.

A contribution to Good Fences.

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

ABC Wednesday: F is for the Flower shop


On Monday I showed you the Pre Loved Baby Goods shop that has opened up next the Tameside Animal Shelter fundraising shop on Reynold Street.

Yesterday I showed you the Conservative Club on the other side.

At the corner of Reynold Street and Market Street is the Flower Shop which at one time used to be a fishmongers.

On the gable end is a frieze of which you can see a closer view on Hyde DP Xtra.

A contribution to ABC Wednesday.

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Hyde Conservative Club


Yesterday I showed you the Pre Loved Baby Goods shop that has opened up next the Tameside Animal Shelter fundraising shop on Reynold Street.

One the other side is the three-storey Conservative Club. I haven't so far been able to discover anything about the history of this building.

See how it looked in 2006 on Hyde Daily Photo Vol. 1.

A contribution to
Whimsical Windows, Delirious Doors;
Ruby Tuesday;
Our World Tuesday.

Monday, 16 February 2015

Pre Loved Baby Goods


A new second hand store has opened next door to the Tameside Animal Shelter charity shop on Reynold Street.

A contribution to Blue Monday.

Sunday, 15 February 2015

St George's at sunset



In the foreground is part of St George's C of E Primary School.

Prior to 1831, the Church of England had no place of worship in the township, and for ecclesiastical purposes Hyde was connected with the Parish Church of Stockport, which place many of the inhabitants attended. Others worshipped at Mottram, or at Denton Old Church.

The construction of the church began in 1831 and it was consecrated the following year. St. George's was first formed into an ecclesiastical parish in 1843.

Details of the early history of St George's can be found on Old Hyde.

A contribution to Inspired Sundays.

Friday, 13 February 2015

Skywatch Friday: Some roofs on Market Street


On the left is moza, a curry/kebab takeaway next to which is Cat's Cake Emporium and The Old Bakehouse Bistro.

On the right are the offices of two estate agents "Taylor & Wood" and "Reeds Rains".

Want to see the shop fronts? Check the original wider view on Geograph.

A contribution to Skywatch Friday.

Thursday, 12 February 2015

Fuel prices at Morrisons


In January 2007 The price of fuel at Morrisons on Mottram Road was 85.9 pence per litre for Unleaded petrol. City Diesel was 89.9 ppl and Auto gas 35.9 ppl.

By December 2007 it was 100.9 pence per litre for Unleaded petrol. City Diesel is 105.9 ppl and Auto gas 45.9 ppl.

Since then it has risen to around a third as much again but now it has fallen and the price is currently 103.9 pence per litre for Unleaded petrol. City Diesel is 109.9 ppl and Auto gas 56.9 ppl.

A contribution to signs, signs.

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

ABC Wednesday: E is for Eating

E is for Eating


When I posted a photograph of the Clarendon Café in September 2010 it was still owned by a Greek couple who had run it for a number of years.

The place has changed ownership at least a couple of time since then and was recently closed, but has now re-opened under the name "Bake 'n' Butty". It is open from 7.30 am until early afternoon most days. The inside has been completely turned round and seems less cramped than it did previously.

For a view of its extensive menu see Hyde DP Xtra.

A contribution to ABC Wednesday.

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

The end of Dowson Road


The junction at the end of Dowson Road where the A627 turns left on to Market Street. Across the junction between M A Neil's carpet shop (originally a Co-op store) and Ricky Hatton's gymnasium is Queen Street. Snow can be seen on the Pennine Hills in the background.

A contribution to Our World Tuesday.

Monday, 9 February 2015

First Group #387 bus


One the new sleek-looking First Group buses on the #387 route from Ashton to Hyde via Ridge Hill, Stalybridge and Hattersley stopping in Clarendon Place.

A contribution to Blue Monday.

Sunday, 8 February 2015

Melting snowman by the Rowan tree


The snowman by the Rowan tree near the top of Gower Road is melting in the morning sun which is casting shadows across the street.

A contribution to Shadow Shot Sunday.

Saturday, 7 February 2015

Hercules reflected


Some weeks ago I showed you the statue of Hercules above Pagliacci.

Now here he is reflected in the window of the electric goods shop across the street.

A contribution to Weekend Reflections.

Friday, 6 February 2015

New platform at Hyde Central Station


The last time I showed a photo of Hyde Central Station there was nowhere to sit.

Now that the work on platform 1 has been completed the three chairs out in the open and the small shelter are available again.

A contribution to Skywatch Friday.

Thursday, 5 February 2015

M67 Junction 3


Gantry signs on the M67 viewed from the café in Morrisons. In the background is the clearing up operation from the demolition of the former dyeworks. 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 signs, signs.

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

ABC Wednesday: D is for Danger on Dowson Road


This was the pavement on Dowson Road last Friday. Although the main road had been gritted and traffic was flowing, the pavement consisted of slippery slush which would turn into deadly ice once the temperature dropped.

A contribution to ABC Wednesday.

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Church Brow Gardens


When I posted a photograph of this valley through which flows the Gower Hey Brook in January 2014 the bottom was flooded to quite a height.

When I walked by a couple of weeks ago the brook was barely a trickle.

Many years ago the bank below St George's Church was lined with allotments and gardens. Now only one allotment remains. Due to a combination of storms, vandalism and some neglect everything is gradually slipping down the valley side.

A contribution to Our World Tuesday and Rubbish Tuesday.

Monday, 2 February 2015

Pound Zone


The shop on the corner of Market Street and Cross Street is one of several similar shops in town.

A contribution to Monday Mellow Yellows and Blue Monday.

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Shadows on fresh snow


The first significant snowfall of 2015 started late on Wednesday evening and this is how it looked before anyone had driven over it.

A contribution to Shadow Shot Sunday.