Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Barn at Apethorn Farm


This barn is part of Apethorn Farm and like the rest of the property is in a dire state. The farm itself dates from the 15th century and is Grade II listed.

Old photographs and a history of the farm can be found on Old Hyde.

Modern photographs of the farm can be found on Hyde DP Xtra.

A contribution to Rubbish Tuesday and Our World Tuesday.

Monday, 24 November 2014

Ice Adventure in Hyde


On Friday the Christmas lights were switched on with entertainment beforehand and fireworks afterwards. It was pouring down with rain so I stayed at home, but those who braved the storm had a wonderful time by all accounts (barring the minority of always-moaners).

On Saturday an ice-skating rink was provided on the Civic Square by Ice Adventure who are based in Chorley.

Two more photographs of the rink can be seen on Hyde DP Xtra.

A contribution to Blue Monday.

Sunday, 23 November 2014

A bend in the river Tame


A bend in the river Tame which forms the boundary between Hyde and Denton and between the traditional counties of Cheshire and Lancashire.

A contribution to Scenic Weekends.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

ABC Wednesday: S is for Saturday stalls


Some new stalls have been setting up on Saturdays at Hyde Market.

Sweet Lily Peas sells baby and children's wear whilst Wear It Love It specialises in ladies fashion wear.

When I spoke to one of the stallholders she said she was liking Hyde Market a lot better than Ashton so the stall will become a regular sight here.

A contribution to ABC Wednesday and signs, signs.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Dunkirk Farm


Dunkirk Farm is boarded up and sports a "Keep Out" sign.

See how it looked in 2009 on Hyde DP Volume 1. It was boarded up then too but earlier in 2007 it was being lived in and sported a TV satellite dish and a very distinctive chimney-pot.

Part of the land at Dunkirk Farm is let out for stabling and the keeping of poultry but most of the other buildings are derelict and there are plans to demolish the farm and its outbuildings and build four detached houses on the site.

A contribution to
Our World Tuesday;
Rubbish Tuesday.

Monday, 17 November 2014

Blue Monday: The missing face of Owd Josh


Two of the clockfaces on Hyde Town Hall have been removed recently for cleaning and general restoration. This shows the blank space left on the northern face. The space behind has been covered with blue sheeting.

See its normal look as at 09:09 09/09/09.

A photograph of the southern face of the clock and the tower itself can be found on Hyde DP Xtra.

Photographs of the inside of the clock tower can be found at Hyde, Cheshire.

It should be back looking new again before too long.

This poem is from Gleams Of Sunshine by James Leigh
Opening Of Hyde Town Hall Clock And Bells
October 18th 1884
Presented By Mr. Joshua Bradley, Of Godley.

Hark! To those sounds of jubilee
In honour of our friend J.B.;
Hark! To those sounds -
Loud cheers are heard on every hand,
Whist with the music of the band,
The town resounds.

With joyful step and hearts elate
This noble gift we celebrate
With demonstration:
Our hearty cheers this day we raise,
The givers worthy of all praise
And emulation.

But now's the time, and now's the hour
J.B. ascends the Town Hall Tower
To play his part, -
He starts the Clock, the Bells chime out,
And with the sounds, a mighty shout
Doth thrill the heart.

And now they're off - the Town Hall Bells,
Each listening heart with pleasure swells,
To view the scene;
Strains of sweet music fill the air,
Whilst joyful faces everywhere
With pleasure beam.

As to the clock our eyes we lift,
We thank the donor for his gift
With loud acclaim.
And others will in future times,
When listening to those mellow chimes
Pronounce his name.

That grand old spinner's played his part,
For he with large unselfish heart
Doth noble give;
Then let this mighty concourse sing
The words that in my ears now ring
Long may he live

Long may he live to view with pride
The gift he has bestowed on Hyde
For many years;
And when this generation's gone,
Those Town Hall Bells may still chime on
For other ears.
A contribution to Blue Monday.