Thursday, 21 July 2011

Sepia Scene: Hoviley Brow

Hoviley Brow, renamed Commercial Street, used to lead all the way from Newton (for Hyde) station into Hyde. The last bit is now merged with Clarendon Place.

Today this road leads only to the textile factory by the side of Godley Brook. It was cut off from town by the construction of the M67 motorway in the 1970s.

Ahead can be seen the footbridge over the motorway with the spiral ramp.

See how this scene looked in the 1950s on Old Hyde.

View the original coloured version on Geograph.

More sepia views at Sepia Scenes.


  1. I like the old name better, but I'm a bit old-fashioned like that... lovely sepia image

  2. If we squint our eyes a bit, we can still imagine the building that sat astride the wall. The sepia allows this place a quiet dignity, like fall foliage that covered the trees in the past when there were buildings and homes prior to the motorway. The loss of the past is a price we seem to pay for 'progress'...

  3. Very much like the half sepia you share here. And I'm with Kramer - the old name is better.

  4. Hoviley Brow has a specific significance in the history of Hyde as the location of the Primitive Methodist Chapel. This was part of a very strong local dissenting tradition which stems from the fact that Hyde had no parish church making the unitarian chapel at Gee Cross (the dissenting Chapel) the principal local church.

  5. Very good photography and post-processing.