Sunday, 31 August 2014

Shadows across Woodend Lane

The end of Woodend Lane from the top of Church Brow looking towards St George's Church.

There is just a feint glimpse of the church tower behind the foliage above the top of the houses on the right. The lych gate can be seen between the cars at the top of the photograph.

A contribution to Scenic Weekends and Shadow Shot Sunday.

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Reflections at Mocha Joe's

The tables at Mocha Joe's in Clarendon Square Shopping Centre provide a reflection of the roof of the mall and the sky above.

For a direct view of the roof see my post of 22nd August 2014.

For a taller view showing Mocha Joe's as well as the reflection see Geograph.

A contribution to Weekend Reflections.

Friday, 29 August 2014

KFC starting to go up

Compare this scene with the view one week earlier on Hyde DP Xtra.

The new KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken) outlet is starting to rise on the right as the car park on the left is being levelled.

A contribution to Good Fences and Skywatch Friday.

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Sign of the Crown and Cushion

The sign of the Crown and Cushion on Victoria Street, Newton.

I understand the name relates to the Coronation ceremony where the crown lies on a cushion before being placed on the head of the new monarch.

See a view of the pub itself on Hyde DP Xtra.

A contribution to signs, signs.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

ABC Wednesday: G is for Gerrards, Gee Cross

In the 17th century, opposite the end of Apethorn Lane was a small group of cottages known as Gerrards Fold.

The Ashton family farmed there before they embarked on the cotton trade in the district.

Towards the end of the 19th century the old fold was converted into a large Elizabethan style house known as "The Gerrards".

James Bradley lived there around 1905, Gladstone stayed there too as did a ghost. The now disgraced Stuart Hall once wanted to buy the property but the then owner refused him.

At the turn of the 21st century the house was demolished and replaced by three-storey modern town houses.

For an old photograph see the Hydonian blog.

A contribution to ABC Wednesday.

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Broadbottom Station

Apologies for the reflections as this was taken with my phone camera through a train window.

The Sheffield, Ashton-under-Lyne & Manchester Railway called the station "Broadbottom" when it opened on 10 December 1842. In July 1845, the name became "Mottram". The MS&L later decided on the best of both worlds when they renamed the station "Mottram and Broadbottom" on 1 May 1884. From 1 August 1897, the MS&LR became the Great Central Railway (GCR), and the GCR was merged with other companies to form the London and North Eastern Railway (LNER) on 1 January 1923.

Modern officials were not happy with such duplicity and the station reverted to its original title on 1 January 1954. Something of the former legend, though, was applied with the suffix "for Mottram and Charlesworth" remaining in use until comparatively recently.

Goods facilities here ceased on 15 July 1963 and the station remains open today. Catering for never more than local traffic the station did have a moment of glory for a short period in the 1920s, when the LNERs morning restaurant car express from Manchester London Road to London Marylebone called here.

Currently it is a stop of the Northern Rail service between Manchester Piccadilly and Glossop/Hadfield.

A contribution to Our World Tuesday.

Monday, 25 August 2014

Changing shops on Market Street

Looking across Market Street (A627) from the end of Edna Street. The baby needs shop Sobrinca has changed its colour scheme recently. Heacock's Old and Rare Bookshop which closed after the owner retired is now occupied by "Cash 4 Clothes".

A contribution to
Monday Mellow Yellows;
Blue Monday;
Whimsical Windows, Delirious Doors.

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Two dogs outside the mall

The two dogs outside the mall appear to be quite interested in the products on sale at Gabbotts Farm.

A contribution to Camera Critters.

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Friday, 22 August 2014

Clarendon Mall: Looking Up

The ceiling of the Clarendon Square Shopping Centre. The sky is visible through the glass panels which reflect the crossbeams whilst at the same time the sun casts shadows on the walls.

A contribution to
Skywatch Friday;
Weekend Reflections;
Shadow Shot Sunday.

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Clarendon Place - August 2014

Compare this with the same view in April 2014.

The old multi-storey car park has gone. Work is just starting now on the erection of a KFC outlet on part of the site. See a bit more of that on Hyde DP Xtra.

A contribution to Good Fences.

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

ABC Wednesday: F is for Fighting Fit

On the corner of Market Street and Queen Street is the gymnasium and fitness centre owned by boxer Ricky (The Hitman) Hatton.

A contribution to ABC Wednesday.

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Music for sale

The stall in the basement of the indoor market inside Clarendon Square shopping centre sells music CDs and DVDs and also has a vast collection of old vinyls for sale, including LPs and singles.

A contribution to Our World Tuesday.

Monday, 18 August 2014

Murals at Hattersley Station

At the top of the footbridge leading to Hattersley Station are two murals. The one on the left is by Alisha Fairlee of Pinfold School. The one on the right is by Shauna Poole of St James School.

A contribution to Blue Monday and Monday Murals.

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Shadows and Reflection at the Bus Stop

The shadow of the bus stop on Market Street is cast across the pavement whilst the shops are reflected in the shelter.

A contribution to Weekend Reflections and Shadow Shot Sunday.

Friday, 15 August 2014

White Lion with flowers

The White Lion has recently become brightened up with some large window boxes and hanging baskets.

For some closer views see Hyde DP Xtra.

A contribution to Floral Fridays.

Thursday, 14 August 2014

The menu at Kongs

At the beginning of the month I showed you Kong's Fish and Chips.

This is how it looks inside. Behind the counter is a traditional frying range where the fish and chips are cooked.

Recently cooked chips are in the served from the pans on the right. Stored above are some jumbo sausages, two fish and some prawn crackers.

The menu on the wall gives the prices of the Chinese Meals on offer and the Chippy Menu.

A contribution to signs, signs.

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

The Astoria and a bus

I last posted a photograph of the former Astoria on 5th January 2012.

Not much seems to have happened to it since then except for a poster on the side of it which appears to indicate that the building is now owned as a "property investment".

Meanwhile a #201 Stagecoach bus from Hattersley to Manchester Piccadilly is entering the bus station from New Beech Street.

A contribution to Ruby Tuesday and Our World Tuesday.

Monday, 11 August 2014

Pulling into Hyde Central

A Northern Rail service from Rose Hill (Marple) to Piccadilly (Manchester) is pulling into Hyde Central Station.

A contribution to
Monday Mellow Yellows;
Blue Monday.

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Shadows on a lorry load of Cheshire cheese

I was walking down Railway Street the other day and the sun was casting the shadow of a tree onto the side of a parked lorry.

The lorry in the photo belongs to FJNeed (foods) Limited. According to their website the Spinneyfields brand of cheese products was established in 1994 when the firm moved to its current site in Worleston amongst the dairy land of Nantwich in Cheshire.

A contribution to Shadow Shot Sunday.

Saturday, 9 August 2014

Flash Flood Reflections

On Friday afternoon we had a sudden heavy thunderstorm which flooded the pavement on Dowson Road.

At least it created an opportunity to photograph the reflections.

A contribution to Weekend Reflections.

Friday, 8 August 2014

A warning of rain coming

In front of the fluffy white clouds in a warm blue sky are some smaller grey clouds hinting of the heavy rain that would fall before long.

A contribution to Skywatch Friday.

Thursday, 7 August 2014

God's Garden

The Methodists' theme for the 2014 Gee Cross Well Dressing is based on a verse from Dorothy Frances Gurney's poem "God's Garden".

"The kiss of the sun for pardon,
The song of the birds for mirth,
One is nearer God's Heart in a garden
Than anywhere else on Earth."

Dorothy Frances Gurney "God's Garden" lines 13-16
(London, Country Life, 1913)

This card was part of the display. See the full display on Hyde DP Xtra.

A contribution to signs, signs and Floral Fridays.

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

ABC Wednesday: D is for Dinky Donuts

One of the many sources for food and drink at Gee Cross Fete.

For more photos from Gee X fete visit Gee Cross Fete 2014.

A contribution to ABC Wednesday.

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Blood Bikes Manchester

Blood Bikes Manchester were fund-raising on Hyde Civic Square last Saturday.

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 Blood Bikes website.

A contribution to
Monday Mellow Yellows;
Blue Monday;
Ruby Tuesday;
Our World Tuesday.

Monday, 4 August 2014

Convolvulus / Bindweed / Morning Glory

This noxious weed known to Americans as "Morning glory" finds it way everywhere. I came across this flower, which appears to have popped its seeds out inside the petals, by a path overlooking Gower Hey Brook.

A contribution to Macro Monday.

Sunday, 3 August 2014

Playing field shadows

Shadows across the playing fields next to Mona Street.

A contribution to Shadow Shot Sunday.

Saturday, 2 August 2014

Weekend Reflections in Black and White at Robinson and Jordan

Reflections in the window and doorway of Robinson and Jordan Funeral Service on the corner of Market Street and Dowson Road.

A contribution to
The Weekend in Black and White;
Weekend Reflections.

Friday, 1 August 2014

Kong's Fish and Chips

This Chinese takeaway has been operating since 1974. It opens at lunchtimes (11.30 - 1.30) and then teatime (4.30 to 9.30 pm) except Sundays when it is closed.

Many other takeaways in town only open in the early evening and are open until after midnight, catering for the "coming home from the pub brigade".

Kong's uses a traditional frying range, doesn't do deliveries nor subscribe to the notorious "Just Eat" website, but does very well due to a loyal customer base that appreciates the quality of its offerings.

It looks just the same now as it did when I posted a photograph of it in June 2007.

Previously the Kong family ran a Chinese laundry.

Visit other contributions to the Takeaway theme at City Daily Photo.