Sunday 30 September 2012

Shadows across Stockport Road

A tree throws its shadow across Stockport Road.

The Jungfrau hairdressers seemed a good "J" idea for a contribution to ABC Wednesday.

I walked up here a few weeks ago only to discover that the sign over the door had been taken down. Whether the business is changing hands, closing down or just being renovated and awaiting a new sign, I've no idea.

I was going to post it then anyway but as it turned out a more important event needed mention that day so I've saved this for a contribution to Shadow Shot Sunday.

Saturday 29 September 2012

The Weekend in Black & White: The Top of Treacle Brow

From halfway up the steep cobbled street that connects Stockport Road with Mottram Old Road.

See a coloured version on Geograph.

See the bottom of Treacle Brow on Hyde DP Xtra.

A contribution to The Weekend in Black and White.

Friday 28 September 2012

Friday Fences/Green Days: Gee Cross Play Area

This is part of the newly opened Gee Cross Play Area. It has come about as result of a campaign by the "Friends of Sam Redfern Green" who were formed in 2009.

Two more photograph can be found on Hyde DP Xtra.

A contribution to Friday Fences and Green Days on Raindrops & Daisies.

Thursday 27 September 2012

Park View

Name plaque on the house at the corner of Stockport Road and Kensington Street.

See the house itself on Hyde DP Xtra.

It is across the road from the cemetery.

For signs, signs.

Wednesday 26 September 2012

ABC Wednesday: K is for Kingston Football Ground

A rather isolated football ground accessible only by footpaths, seen here from the path leading from the towpath of the Peak Forest Canal.

On the other side it can be approached via the footpath that leads to Jet Amber Fields from Broomstairs Bridge alongside the River Tame.

For more Ks visit ABC Wednesday.

Tuesday 25 September 2012

Looking through the new market stalls

A look from last Thursday through the new stalls alongside the Mall.

See how they looked on Saturday on Hyde DP Xtra.

The new "Civic Square" is due to be officially opened this coming Saturday.

A contribution to Our World Tuesday.

Monday 24 September 2012

Blue and yellow on Hyde Market

Last Thursday workmen on Hyde market ground were busy laying flagstones and erecting two new benches.

See how it looked a couple of hours later on Hyde DP Xtra.

A contribution to Mellow Yellow Monday and Blue Monday.

Sunday 23 September 2012

Shadow Shot Sunday: Exiting the trail

The exit from the Trans Pennine Trail and National Cycle Route #62 on to Osborne Road.

For more information on the trail and cycle route and to see how it used to look from the opposite direction view my post from January 2012.

For Shadow Shot Sunday.

Saturday 22 September 2012

The Weekend in Black & White: Garages and a Tree

When I posted a view of the footpath off Church View a couple of weeks ago, commentators wanted to know what was at the other end.

Here it is; a group of lock-up garages. One seems to have been locked-up and forgotten about for a long time as access to it is blocked by a fully-grown tree.

For The Weekend in Black and White.

Friday 21 September 2012

A double rainbow over Hyde

On the evening of the day that PCs Nicola Hughes and Fiona Bone were gunned down in Mottram a double-rainbow appeared over Hyde between heavy thunderstorms. Some hail was mixed in with the rain and an amount can be seen gathered in the corner of the eaves (mid-bottom of photo).

More views of the rainbow are on Hyde DP Xtra.

There is an online book of remembrance on the Greater Manchester Police website.

For Skywatch Friday.

Thursday 20 September 2012

Police No Entry

Two days after the murder of Fiona Bone and Nicola Hughes, Ashworth Lane is still blocked off while hundreds of police guard the area and forensic teams comb the scene.

Floral tributes have been laid at the side of the road. More tributes have been laid at a makeshift shrine on the other side of the cordoned off area - see Hyde DP Xtra for more information and photographs.

An online book of condolences is on the Greater Manchester Police website.

A contribution to signs, signs.

Wednesday 19 September 2012

RIP: PC Fiona Bone and PC Nicola Hughes

When I posted a version of this photo of Ashworth Lane in June someone commented
What a beautiful neighbourhood.
and indeed it is, but yesterday two policewomen were murdered in cold blood just around the corner at the top of the picture.

I won't go into the details - if you haven't heard it on the news see the BBC News report for information.

Our thoughts are with the families of the women and the people of Mottram & Hattersley who are making the headlines again for all the wrong reasons.

Tuesday 18 September 2012

Wharfinger's House

The three-storey Wharfinger's Warehouse was erected by the Peak Forest Canal Company in 1828. It is a Grade II listed building now used as offices by the Tameside & Glossop Primary Care Mental Health Service.

In the foreground two Canadian geese are resting in Moorfield Place, a housing estate built on the site of the former Automasters Engineering Works.

For Our World Tuesday.

Monday 17 September 2012

Painting the Heritage Bus Shelter

A week last Sunday when the weather was still kind, a workman in a blue teeshirt was busy painting the "Heritage" bus shelter on Market Street.

Originally a tram shelter it is a Grade II listed structure.

Sunday afternoons are very quiet and there are fewer buses stopping by - see it from the opposite direction a couple of weeks earlier.

For Blue Monday.

Sunday 16 September 2012

Fisherman by Bridge #5

The Peak Forest Canal runs for 15 miles between Ashton under Lyne and Whaley Bridge. It was built to link the Ashton Canal with the tramways that brought limestone from the Peak District quarries.

At bridge #5 the canal passes under Nursery Road and the M67 motorway. The fisherman is using live maggots as bait and looking for pike and roach.

See him from the opposite direction on Hyde DP Xtra.

A contribution to Sunday Bridges at San Francisco Bay Daily Photo.

Saturday 15 September 2012

Weekend Reflections: Photograph of William Garside Phillips

One of the exhibits in St George's Church at last weekend's Heritage Open Day was this 1923 photograph of William Garside Phillips, the great great grandfather of Zara Phillips.

It isn't easy to photograph a photograph behind glass, but the bonus is the reflections of the stained glass windows.

For a view of the photograph in its wider setting and more information on William Garside Phillips see Hyde DP Xtra.

A contribution to Weekend Reflections.

Friday 14 September 2012

Friday Fences: Sluice gate at Moorfield Place

This sluice gate on the Peak Forest Canal allows water to run off into Wilson Brook. The houses behind the fence on the right are part of Moorfield Place which was built on the former site of Automasters Engineering Works

See it in the opposite direction on Hyde DP Xtra.

See how it looked in February 2012 when there was a layer of ice on the canal.

See how it looked in March 2011.

See how it looked in 2008 before the demolition of Automasters.

A contribution to Friday Fences.

Thursday 13 September 2012


Found this notice near Dunkirk Farm on Sunday.

Whether there really is a local problem with an equine virus or whether the notice is intended as a deterrent I wouldn't know, but I wouldn't take the chance.

For signs, signs.

Wednesday 12 September 2012

ABC Wednesday: I is for Industry

The view is from the towpath of the Peak Forest Canal looking across to the site of the former Toray Mill.

See what was here in 2008 on Hyde Daily Photo Volume 1.

On the left some bricks of the original mill still stand.

On the right is a modern metal-clad shed which is home to a "light industrial unit".

A contribution to ABC Wednesday.

Tuesday 11 September 2012

The last resting place of Fanny Bush

On the South side of St George's churchyard lies the grave of Fanny Bush. The inscription reads
"Sacred to the memory of Fanny Bush, the beloved child of Simon and Gaiki, Bush people, born 8th day of August, 1846, on board the Brig 'Fanny', of Liverpool, Captain Wheeler, on their voyage to England. She died of consumption, at Hyde, the 29th day of September, 1849, at seven o'clock a.m."
The child alluded to belonged to some travelling showmen who came to exhibit a party of "savages" on Hyde Market Ground. Whilst at Hyde she died and was buried at St George's, the "savages" attending the service in charge of their keepers. The unusual nature of the funeral procession drew a great number of sightseers.

The Rev. Alexander Read composed a verse which is also inscribed on the tombstone:
Savage her race, and dark her hue,
Brief her career of life has been;
But in the great Creator's view,
Young, old, dark, fair, are equal seen.
By Christian hands to Baptism brought,
And dedicated thus to God,
The Saviour's heart rejects her not,
She gains salvation through His blood.
(Information c/o Thomas Middleton: History of Hyde (St George's) Church, 1911)

For an overview of the tombstone see Hyde DP Xtra.

A contribution to Taphophile Tragics and Our World Tuesday.

Monday 10 September 2012

A bit more blue on show

The blue in my post last Monday belonged to a betting shop and so does the blue this week.

This time it is bookies "William Hill" next door to the White Lion.

They've been hidden from view for many months by the site office for the construction workers who have been busy transforming the market ground.

It'll be a few more weeks yet before it's all finished but they've removed some of the fencing here and started on clearing up this section.

Another contribution to Blue Monday.

Sunday 9 September 2012

Summer returns to Hyde Market

Last week I posted September shadows across Clarendon Place and said that summer was now over.

Well it has come back for a few days at least. Yesterday was a bit of a schorcher as you can tell from the shadows under the stalls on the market and the blue sky in the background.

A contribution to Shadow Shot Sunday.

Saturday 8 September 2012

Weekend Reflections: The Bike 'n' Hound

The Bike 'n' Hound reflected in the windows of the Job Centre on Hamnett Street.

Learn more about the pub and live music venue on Hyde DP Xtra.

A contribution to Weekend Reflections.

Friday 7 September 2012

Friday Fences: Footpath off Church View

A new "squeeze stile" has just been installed on the footpath that connects Church View with Dowson Road.

The idea is to discourage off-road bikers who have apparently been disturbing the neighbourhood from using the path.

See how this looked two years ago on Hyde DP Volume 1.

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

A contribution to Friday Fences.

Thursday 6 September 2012

Lord Kitchener points his finger

As I posted a year ago, the building on the corner of Milk Street and Water Street was once the The Nag's Head.

Now it has opened as a decoratoring supplies store and has enlisted the help of Lord Kitchener with its advertising.

See Hyde DP Xtra for a wider view.

A contribution to signs, signs.

Wednesday 5 September 2012

ABC Wednesday: H is for Hyde's Heritage

Next weekend is when the Heritage Open Days take place. Five places in Hyde are particpating and details of when they are open can be on found the Heritage Open Day website.

Top left is Newton Hall.

Top right is Mottram Parish Church.

Bottom left is St George's Church.

Bottom right is St Thomas the Apostle.

In the centre is Flowery Field Church.

The only problem is with everything taking place mostly on the same day, it isn't easy to get to more than one or two. I'll probably only have time to visit St George's late on Saturday afternoon.

For ABC Wednesday.

Tuesday 4 September 2012

Red flowers in Clarendon Place

On Sunday I posted a view of September shadows featuring the planters on Clarendon Place.

Today's view is from a different angle looking down the street as a Stagecoach 201 bus from Manchester to Hattersley comes round the corner.

For Ruby Tuesday.

Monday 3 September 2012

Answer to last Thursday's question

Last Thursday I asked readers to tell me what was on Charles's Terrace.

Lucy wrote
Does Bennett Street / Ashton Road count as 'Where'? (You had it in a previous photo.) It's a 'Betfred' now. (Also one of your photos!) I expect,if you had a 'search this site' option, we'd be able to find out what it used to be too!

Now there is actually a "search this site" option - there is blogger's own on the very top left of the page. Also, if you scroll down to the very bottom of the page there is a search box which will search across all my blogs.

Neither of them though would have brought you the answer as the only place I've published the photo before is on the Geograph website.

Betfred is what is locally known as a "bookies" or more properly as a "betting shop" or "turf accountant" although the latter name stems from the time when about the only thing people bet on was horse-racing. Not being a gambler I've never been in one so don't what goes on inside.

No-one has told me what the premises were originally. I don't know but suspect it was probably another pub.

A contribution to Blue Monday.

Sunday 2 September 2012

September shadows across Clarendon Place

They say the wettest ever summer for years is now over (summer that is not the wet) but on the first day of September the sun casts shadows across the end of Clarendon Place and onto the shutters of the long closed-down former Gift Shop.

For Shadow Shot Sunday.

Saturday 1 September 2012