Saturday, 1 November 2014

Landmarks: Hyde Grammar School


The building on Clarendon Road cost £12,000 and was opened as the "New County School" on September 17th 1912, by Sir George Dixon, chairman of the County Council. Large extensions to the building were made and opened in 1929 and at that time the name was changed to the "Hyde Grammar School".

It was a boys only school and closed its doors to 11 year olds in 1979. When the last intake had progressed to the Sixth Form, it became Hyde Sixth Form College. It later merged with Ashton Sixth Form college to form Tameside College after which it was known as Hyde Clarendon Sixth Form College.

Current plans for Tameside College are to transfer all services to a new centre in Ashton under Lyne and then sell the site to a developer for demolition. An e-petition has been launched - Save Hyde Clarendon College from demolition.

More photographs of Hyde Grammar School are on Hyde DP Xtra.

Old photographs of the school and links to some early videos can be found on Old Hyde.

A contribution to the Landmark theme at City Daily Photoblogs.

Friday, 31 October 2014

Active Hyde


The swimming baths on Walker Lane was originally called Tameside Leisure Pool, then Hyde Leisure Pool but now it is called Active Hyde being part of the Active Tameside group of sports and leisure facilities.

A contribution to Skywatch Friday.

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Cheshire Country Fire Brigade Fire Hydrant


This Cheshire Country Fire Brigade Fire Hydrant cover is at the junction of Hoviley and Commercial Street just below the bridge over Godley Brook as seen in the photograph posted on Hyde DP Xtra on 26th September.

A contribution to signs, signs.

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Pole Bank Pond


On Sunday I posted a photograph of Autumn Shadows at Pole Bank.

Today's photograph shows the pond. Although it is currently covered in duckweed it doesn't seem to be bothering the ducks too much. At the last count there were some seventeen mallards loving the water.

The grounds are in part maintained by a volunteer group, Friends of Pole Park - see their facebook page for news.

A photograph of the willow tree can be found on my photoblog sithenah.

Six further photographs and more information can be found on Hyde DP Xtra.

A contribution to ABC Wednesday and Water World Wednesday.

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

The Old Dye Works from Clarendon Viaduct


Earlier this month I showed a photograph of the demolition of the dye works viewed from across the other side of the motorway.

This photograph shows the extent of the demolition site from over the top of the Clarendon viaduct.

I posted a photograph of the roofs viewed from the side of the viaduct in April 2007.

Another photograph of part of the demolition site can be seen on Hyde DP Xtra.

A contribution to Our World Tuesday and Rubbish Tuesday.

Monday, 27 October 2014

Liberace's Gold Cadillac JAZZ 1


This was one of the vehicles on show at the classic car rally held recently at Ewen Fields in aid of SSAFA a charity that provides practical support and assistance to servicemen and women, veterans and their families.

The 1931 Cadillac Fleetwood Drop Head Coupé features 23.75ct gold leaf-clad bodywork, silver external door handles and 24ct gold-plated internal door handles. These embellishments were added during a lavish, three-year project carried out in the 1970s by the then-owner, Jack Smith of Kansas, USA. The gold leaf coachwork is offset by white leather upholstery. The gear lever top used to be gem-studded platinum. Under the bonnet is a 5.7-litre V8 engine, mated to a three-speed manual transmission.

According to a news report in The Telegraph it failed to attract a buyer when put up for auction in September 2013. It now appears to belong to "Mike & Shaun's classics".

Two more photographs can be found on Hyde DP Xtra.

A contribution to Monday Mellow Yellows.

Sunday, 26 October 2014