Saturday 29 October 2011

The clocks go back tonight

Tonight the clocks go back, so I thought I'd show you one that won't be going back.

This used to hang outside what was once the George Hotel on the corner of Great Norbury Street and Woodend Lane. It was still there when I took this photograph of it in April 2010. The pub was already in the process of being converted into a house. The clock disappeared very shortly afterwards.

I showed you how the building looked before it closed on 3rd October 2009 and how it looks now after conversion on 6th October 2011.

You can see how it once looked many years ago on Nancy & Tom's Hyde, Cheshire blog.

Friday 28 October 2011

Skywatch Friday: Towards the Hare & Hounds

This was taken early evening last Tuesday looking over the rooftops of Gee Cross towards the Hare & Hounds on Werneth Low Road.

Visit more skys at Skywatch Friday.

Wednesday 26 October 2011

ABC Wednesday: O is for Onward

Onward is the motto of Hyde Corporation.

The Hyde coat of arms is described on the Tameside MBC website as
Argent, a chevron nebuly argent between three lozenges Or; on a chief of the second a flake erect surmounted by a hatter's bow in bend sinister between a cog-wheel and two miners' pick in saltire, therefrom suspended a Davy lamp, all proper. Crest: On a wreath of the colours, Upon a pack of cotton prints azure, banded and semee of mascles Or, a sprig of the cotton-tree, slipped and fructed, in bend sinister surmounted of a shuttle furnished in bend proper. Motto: Onward. Granted: 18 July 1882.

The Arms reflects the reasons for its establishment as an independent town - its industry. Cotton is shown by the cotton pattern and shuttle, coal by the miner's axe and the Davy lamp, and hatting by the hatters bow. The lower part of the shield contained the Arms of the manorial family of Hyde.
This photograph features part of the frieze on the Theatre Royal.

Onward is my own motto too as I try and move forward after my recent stays in hospital. I've an out-patient's appointment next Monday and will know more then. Meanwhile I'm trying to just take things a bit easy.

For more "O" posts visit ABC Wednesday.

Monday 24 October 2011

Fulton's Fairy Godmother

In the recent Autumn Scarecrow Festival, third prize was awarded to the contribution in Fulton's frozen food store in Clarendon Mall.

Sunday 23 October 2011

Shadow across New Beech Street

Autumn is here with many trees starting to shed their leaves but there is more to come yet. This was the only photograph I took today during my first walk around town since coming home last week (see Another Week - Another Hospital).

Despite the sunshine it was quite cold and I didn't stay out long.

For more Shadow Shots visit Hey Harriet.

Wednesday 19 October 2011

Grey Day for Cemetery Chapel

As you enter Hyde Cemetery from Stockport Road the view leads up the remaining Cemetery Chapel. Hyde cemetery was laid out in 1894. The Non-Conformist chapel is the last of three chapels which originally stood in the cemetery. It was designed by J.W. Beaumont; an architect with at least three listed buildings to his name, including Hyde Town Hall (1883-5, Grade II) and the Whitworth Gallery in Manchester (c.1895-1900, Grade II).

The local council now wants to demolish the chapel despite local objection. Nancy Morris of the Hyde Cheshire blog applied to English Heritage to have the chapel listed but has been turned down. The main reasons given were as follows
  • The chapel at Hyde is a late example of its type as Municipal cemeteries were laid out from the 1850s, with the height of cemetery chapel construction spanning the period 1840-1880
  • This Non-Conformist chapel has lost the context of its companion chapels to the north and south, although it still retains its place within the landscape and relationship with the lodge.
  • Although designed by a respected architect, this is not the best example of his work; aside from the unusual tower, the design is largely standard for its date.
The second reason seems to me particularly ironic, the loss of its sisters being a good argument for its retention.

For more information and to support Nancy's campaign see Hyde Cheshire.

A wider coloured version of this photograph can be seen on Geograph.

Monday 17 October 2011

The Cowardly Lion, Scarecrow and Tin Man

These three were in the Mall in September to promote the Autumn Scarecrow Festival in Hyde Park. It all took place whilst I was away in Stepping Hill so I never saw any of it.

Sorry I haven't posted for over a week but I've had more pressing concerns - see Another week - another hospital.

I shall only be posting infrequently for while.

Sunday 9 October 2011

Shadow Shot Sunday: Clarendon Place

Some weeks ago I showed you the newly opened discount furniture store next the Queens on Clarendon Place. At the same time I also captured these shadows on the building.

For more shadows visit Hey Harriet.

Saturday 8 October 2011

Weekend reflections in the discount furniture store

Some weeks ago I showed you the newly opened discount furniture store on Clarendon Place. At the same time I also captured this reflection in the side of the building.

For more reflections visit Weekend Reflections.

Friday 7 October 2011

Too wet for an umbrella

This is from several weeks ago. A sudden heavy downpour sent everyone scurrying for cover. I took brief shelter under a florist's stall. It was so wet that there was no point in heading to buy an umbrella.

Last Saturday was a blistering hot day but now it has gone back to cold and rain again.

Thursday 6 October 2011

Sepia Scenes: Woodend Lane

Yesterday I showed you a part of Woodend Lane.

Today's view is of the urban end of the lane at its junction with Great Norbury Street.

Originally "The George" public house, the end property has been converted for residential use.

Visit Sepia Scenes for more sepia shots.

Wednesday 5 October 2011

ABC Wednesday: L is for Lane

The leafy lane in question is Woodend Lane which leads from Great Norbury Street down to the Captain Clarke bridge.

My wife recently stayed in Charnley House and her room (her window the one just below the overhanging branch) overlooked the lane. It may seem very quiet but in fact a lot of quite noisy traffic goes down it and with lights blazing at night.

See the view from her room on Hyde DP Xtra.

For more L visit ABC Wednesday.

Tuesday 4 October 2011

Charnley House

This is Charnley House, a care home on Albert Road. My wife has been enjoying respite care here for a couple of weeks whilst I was in hospital recently. She came home yesterday and life is now returning to normal.

On the left hand side is a little cobbled path which leads to Woodend Lane. You can see it from the opposite direction here.

Information about Charnley House can be found on the home's own website.