Tuesday, 12 May 2015

The site of St George's Rowing Club

Last Friday we celebrated our son's 34th birthday and escaped the aftermath of the election by taking a trip down the Peak Forest Canal from Ashton to Romiley aboard Community Spirit, a narrowboat operated by the East Manchester Community Boat Project.

Yesterday I showed you a blue boat at Adamson's Wharf.

A little further on and we passed by the site of St George's Rowing Club.

The club was founded in 1883. The original boathouse which was in a field by the Peak Forest Canal at Throstle Bank can be seen on Old Hyde

As well as some serious rowing, the club ran day trips to Romiley, Marple and Daisy Nook. After 1905 the HQ moved here to Wood End. Membership fell off in the late 1950s and eventually the clubhouse was destroyed by fire.

A War Memorial had been erected in an adjoining garden to commemorate rowing club members who were killed in the First World War. A memorial stone was added to commemorate the three club members who died in the Second World War. It is understood that the original memorial was destroyed by vandalism and the Second World War memorial was fished out of the canal in 1986 and set into the ground along with the one commemorating that the ground had been given by the parents of Harry Warburton. They lie somewhere below the undergrowth. See Old Hyde for photographs of them.

This old photograph of the boathouse and war memorial was found on the Hyde, Cheshire blog which carries more information about the memorial.

A contribution to Our World Tuesday and NF Trees and Bushes.


  1. a lovely looking place so sad about its history though

  2. A lot of history from just one snapshot. How many people must pass by that spot and know nothing about it. Let's hope that the men have been remembered on other more respected memorials than the one at the rowing club.

  3. I run the boat yard at Adamsons Wharf which is now Captain Jacks Boats where we have just started a punt rental company. We would very much love to help promote the history of this stretch of canal so please do come and see us and ask for Glenn Black.

  4. Fascinating history and photos ~

    Happy Week to you,
    artmusedog and carol

  5. Beautiful setting; so peaceful/serene. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Another few decades and the remnant of the wall will be gone. It doesn't take nature to reclaim.

  7. What a lovely place...with a fascinating history. How wonderful they erected a memorial to the rowers who were killed in the war!

  8. Very interesting information, looks like a peaceful place.

  9. one of those places that breathes "history" and old memories :)


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