Friday 30 November 2012

Moon over Garside Street

The moon is visible over Garside Street whilst the bright afternoon sun glows in the windows of the houses on Dowson Road.

I zoomed in on the moon and you see a closer shot in colour on Hyde DP Xtra and in black&white on Ackworth born, gone West.

For Skywatch Friday.

Thursday 29 November 2012

Signs outside the Bus Station

Information boards outside the entrance to Hyde Bus Station.

A contribution to signs, signs.

Wednesday 28 November 2012

ABC Wednesday: T is Time for Thermals

This temporary stall was on Hyde Market a couple of weeks ago.

Did I buy any? I hear you ask.

Well not that day but I bought some later from the regular stall downstairs in the inside market and now the weather has changed I'll be getting some more.

For ABC Wednesday.

Tuesday 27 November 2012

Ruby Tuesday: Fever ward awaits demolition

Hyde Hospital was built in 1886 as a "Fever Hospital". By 1929 it was known as Hyde Infectious Diseases Hospital. From 1948-1955 it was known again as Hyde Isolation Hospital. In the late 1980s, wards 1 to 3 were demolished to make way for Hyde Nursing Home.

This red-brick building, Ward 4, known to many as the TB ward, continued to be used by some ancillary services until 1996. It is now being demolished.

More photos of the demolition can be found on Hyde DP Xtra.

For Ruby Tuesday.

Monday 26 November 2012

Blue Monday: Hyde Industrial Supplies

My contribution to Blue Monday this week features Hyde Industrial Supplies on Clark Way.

The old mill chimney in the background has survived as housing for mobile phone masts. I recently posted a view of it from the other side on Hyde DP Xtra

On the left is the "Pit Stop" mobile sandwich bar.

[edit] Jenny Roberts has kindly informed me that the chimney used to belong to Winterbotham's tripe dressing factory that formerly occupied this site.

Sunday 25 November 2012

More autumn shadows from behind St Thomas the Apostle

Two weeks ago I showed you the shadows cast across Tinker's Passage.

This photograph was taken a minute or too before that one. This time we are looking across the burial ground of St Thomas the Apostle church. Tinker's Passage lies on the other side and the previous photograph was taken just around the corner on the right.

The weather has changed since then and I doubt there'll be any more strong shadows such as these to be enjoyed for many months.

A contribution to Shadow Shot Sunday.

Saturday 24 November 2012

Grey autumn on the Trans Pennine Trail

Through my neck of the woods the Trans Pennine Trail, a long distance walking route, and the National Cycle Network Route #62 from Southport to Hornsea follow the line of the former Godley Junction to Apethorn railway.

Here, looking towards the Stockport Road bridge, the leaf-strewn quagmire on the left is the bridlepath for horse riders, whilst the tarmacced foot/cyclepath is on the right.

See how it looked in July 2006.

A contribution to The Weekend in Black and White.

Friday 23 November 2012

Painting the shelter/bench in the Market Place

The shelter in the Market Place was fenced off recently whilst it got a new coat of paint.

Originally it was a tram shelter but now it just shelters a pair of benches in the pedestrianised Market Place.

For Friday Fences.

Thursday 22 November 2012

Shops on Manchester Road

Compare if you will with the scene in October 2010.

"Peter's Beds" is still going strong at one end.

So is the Indian restaurant and takeaway "Saffron" next to the "KwikFit" tyre and exhaust centre.

In the middle though the "Big Bite Pizza" has changed to the "Hyde Kebab House" (although the neon sign appears to be the same and the shop seems to be boarded up rather than shuttered) and "Hyde Domestics" has been replaced by a tattoo and piercing parlour called "To The Point".

For signs, signs.

Wednesday 21 November 2012

ABC Wednesday: S is for Sweet Crepes

As part of "European Market" one of the temporary stalls on Hyde Market was selling crepes at £2 a throw (extra for fillings) whilst another was selling French perfume.

For ABC Wednesday.

Tuesday 20 November 2012

Northwest Blood Bikes Manchester

Blood Bikes fund-raising on Hyde Market.

Northwest Blood Bikes Manchester is a registered charity, which offers an out of hours and free of charge urgent medical courier service to the NHS. They volunteer to play their part in saving peoples lives and save the NHS money that would otherwise be wasted on taxis or expensive couriers, but more than anything else they do it because they love it. More information on the Northwest Blood Bikes website.

For Ruby Tuesday and
Our World Tuesday.

Monday 19 November 2012

Mellow Yellow Monday: Box Junction

Compare this view if you will with the first in my post of 14th November showing the resurfacing of the road.

With the work completed a box junction has been created at the end of Higher Henry Street. At busy periods there can be a queue of traffic back along Dowson Road from the Market Street lights. Vehicles are not allowed to stop inside the box unless their exit is clear which should allow traffic coming out of Higher Henry Street an easier passage.

Take a look from the opposite direction on Hyde DP Xtra.

A contribution to Mellow Yellow Monday.

Sunday 18 November 2012

Shadow Shot Sunday: Christmas Tree on Hyde Civic Square

Hyde's Christmas tree used to be put outside the Town Hall but this year it arrived in the new Civic Square on Thursday casting its shadow across the market ground.

The lights were officially switched on on Friday. I didn't go down myself this year but reports suggest that quite a lot of other folk did.

I went down on Saturday morning and found some young people in Santa hats near the tree and inside the mall discovered a PINK Christmas tree spouting a fountain. See them on Hyde DP Xtra.

For Shadow Shot Sunday.

Saturday 17 November 2012

Weekend Reflections: Dowson Road

The window of the "Simply Chinese" takeaway reflects the street scene.

See what it reflected a few weeks ago on Hyde DP Xtra.

Now the road has been resurfaced, had the double-yellow lines repainted and been reopened to traffic.

A contribution to Weekend Reflections.

Friday 16 November 2012

Skywatch Friday: Hyde Town Hall from Hyde Central Station

To the left of the Town Hall are the high rise flats, John Grundy House and Chartist House. A large leylandii tree on Cross Street seems to dwarf the larger buildings.

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

For Skywatch Friday.

Thursday 15 November 2012

Wednesday 14 November 2012

ABC Wednesday: R is for Roadworks

Last week I showed you the resurfacing work at the Market Street end of Dowson Road.

Here is how it looked from where the road was closed at other side of Dowson Road.

More photos of the work can be seen on Hyde DP Xtra.

For ABC Wednesday and for signs, signs.

Tuesday 13 November 2012

Ruby Tuesday: Vintage Bus

I recently saw this red-liveried 1951 Duple Roadmaster bus LOE300, currently owned by K & R Walsh Bros of Belle Vue Coaches, parked on Mottram Road.

Information on the Old Bus Photos website suggests it started life in 1951 with Jackson of Castle Bromwich and was later operated by South Notts who sold it on to the British Legion.

See the front of the vehicle on Hyde DP Xtra.

Earlier this year it could be seen at Leyland Transport Festival.

A contribution to Ruby Tuesday.

Monday 12 November 2012

Piccadilly Train

The train just leaving Hyde Central Station is heading to Manchester Piccadilly.

A contribution to Mellow Yellow Monday and Blue Monday.

Sunday 11 November 2012

Shadow Shot Sunday: Tinker's Passage

Shadows on a house next to Tinker's Passage.

See a black and white version on Hyde DP Xtra.

Find more shadows at Shadow Shot Sunday.

Saturday 10 November 2012

Weekend Reflections on Market Street

Reflected in the window of "Subway" is the "Cash Generator" store that replaced "Rumbelows" after they went bust many years ago.

Newly opened next to "Subway" is "Café at 64" the new location for Cordwell's Café after their Market Place premises were taken over by Ladbroke's.

Their window not only reflects "Cash Generator" but also the HSBC (formerly Midland) Bank.

Check out the view from the opposite direction - The pedestrian crossing and the bank from inside "Subway" - in my post from May 2007.

Find more reflections at Weekend Reflections.

Friday 9 November 2012

Friday Fences: Cotton Mills Development

Yesterday I took a look at the Cotton Mills Development which will see around 300 houses built on the site of the former Hyde Mill, which was demolished in 2009.

See how it looked in June 2010.

So far a third of the site has been developed and many of the new houses are already occupied. Behind the fences here, building work continues.

See some of the new houses on Hyde DP Xtra.

A contribution to Friday Fences.

Thursday 8 November 2012

Flowery Field Church

Flowery Field Church, on Newton Street, was constructed between 1876 and 1878. The building is in the Perpendicular or Tudor Gothic style of architecture and is cruciform in shape. The connected tower rises 81 feet above street level. Flowery Field Church is an independent non-denominational Church affiliated to the General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches.

For more information visit the church website.

Wednesday 7 November 2012

ABC Wednesday: Q is for Queen Street

At one time Queen Street was a busy thoroughfare that went through Slack Mill to Lumn Road.

Now a school and new houses have been built on the site of the mill so now it only leads to the school gates and the car park for the gymnasium belonging to Ricky (Hitman) Hatton.

Note the 20mph sign on the road.

For more Qs visit ABC Wednesday.

For more signs visit signs, signs.

Tuesday 6 November 2012

Ruby Tuesday: New bollards

I recently showed you a clear view of Corporation Street and noted that new retractable bollards had been erected since.

Several things have gone in the revamp of Hyde Market but the red telephone kiosks have remained.

Across the road a red car is passing the red-brick Town Hall.

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

For Ruby Tuesday.

Monday 5 November 2012

Blue Monday: Ewen Fields from the end of Leigh Street

I took this about 10am this morning. It was frosty overnight but the sun was shining.

The view is through a gap in the gate to the field that formerly belonged to Leigh Street school over towards the blue terrace and stands of Ewen Fields, home of Hyde F.C.

The "Tigers" used to be the reds but after a re-alignment with Manchester City they are now the blues.

See how this looked in October 2010.

A contribution to Blue Monday.

Sunday 4 November 2012

Yellow Scaffold Shadows

Last Monday I showed you the yellow scaffolding being erected around Zeenath's electrical goods shop.

This now is from a week last Saturday when a low bright sun was shining and casting shadows down the street.

For Shadow Shot Sunday and Mellow Yellow Monday.

Saturday 3 November 2012

Weekend Reflections: Tree in a puddle

I took this in Clarendon Place at 11.45 this morning.

A black & white version can be seen on Hyde DP Xtra.

A contribution to Weekend Reflections.

Friday 2 November 2012

Resurfacing the road

Between about 9am and 4pm all this week Dowson Road at its junction with Market Street has been fenced off while work was taking place to resurface the road.

Across the corner is Ricky (Hitman) Hatton's gymnasium.

More photographs of the work on Market Street can be found on Hyde DP Xtra.

A contribution to Friday Fences.

Thursday 1 November 2012

Driving through the Water's Edge

A couple of weeks ago I was on my way back from Stockport on the bus. As we approached Pole Bank the bus slowed down. A thunderstorm had caused flash flooding where a small stream is carried under the road by a culvert which appeared to have blocked temporarily.

I was on the front seat and still had my camera round my neck (hidden under my overcoat) and I was able to get a couple of quick shots of the scene as we went through.

The other photograph can be seen on Hyde DP Xtra.

A contribution to the November CDPB theme The Water's Edge.