Thursday, 1 September 2016

Hattersley Hub

The Hattersley Hub on Ashworth Lane was built as part of a deal that allowed Tesco to build a new supermarket at the end of the M67. It houses the library service, Hattersley Neighbourhood partnership, the police, the community association and Peak Valley Housing Association as well as numerous other community groups and replaces the old libraries in both Hattersley and Mottram - see Mottram library as it looked in 2009 on Hyde DP Vol.1 and the rear of it in 2012 on Hyde Xtra, a photograph taken a week after its closure and two days after the murder nearby of PCs Fiona Bone and Nicola Hughes.

Roadside tributes to the policewomen had been laid near the murder scene - see Hyde Xtra and later a memorial was created outside Hyde Police Station - see Hyde DP Vol.2. Now a new memorial has been placed outside the Hattersley Hub. It was unveiled by David Cameron the day after he ceased being Prime Minister.

A contribution to the Library theme at City Daily Photo Blogs.

Saturday, 30 July 2016

War Memorial, Victoria Street, Newton, Hyde

Victoria Street War Memorial on the corner with Cartwright Street is surrounded by wrought iron railings. The inscription on the plinth reads:
1914 - 1919


A full list of the names inscribed can be found at Carl's Cam

The bronze statue of a soldier on the top is a replica, added in 2005, to replace the often vandalised original.

A contribution to The Weekend in Black and White.

Friday, 1 July 2016

Looking down over Gee Cross and beyond

Looking down over Hyde from the shoulder of Werneth Low.

A contribution to the Look down theme at City Daily Photos.

Thursday, 30 June 2016

The Cotton Tree

Although the Cotton Tree on the junction of Markham Street and Whitnall Street closed in 2012 and has been converted into apartments it has retained some of the signage.

The Cotton Tree was opened in 1830 by Joseph Cash. Cash was dragged from his horse and beaten to death on 21st August 1833 but no-one was convicted of his murder.

There are tales told of one man being hanged outside and of another being shot to death in the tap room.

Originally owned by the Ardwick brewers Issott's, by the 1970s it had become a Wilson's house. For a photograph and account from 1975 see the Hydonian blog

The pub's association with the Chartists movement is documented on a blue plaque on the front of the building.

Opened in 1830 and so named as it coincided with the opening
of the cotton mills in the Newton area by the Ashton Brothers

Features prominently in the Chartist movement,
largely because Joseph Rayner Stephens, Dr. P.M. McDouall
and John Bradley were arrested as a result of a meeting
held here on 28th July 1839

A popular meeting place for the local Chartists where
crowds would meet after dark with firearms
and banners to further their cause
for political and social reform

A contribution to signs, signs.

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