Wednesday, 17 October 2012
ABC Wednesday: N is for Newton Street
Newton Street was the main road out of Hyde towards Ashton before Dukinfield Road was built. Alongside is Carrfield Mill which was the home of "Christy Towels". It used to stand under the shadow of the adjacent Ashton Brothers Mill until that was demolished in 2007.
See how it looked in 2002 on Old Hyde.
Founded in 1851, Christy is the world's oldest towel manufacturer and is the UK's leading towel brand. Christy invented the first loom to mechanically weave what remains today the basis of the modern towel and is the exclusive supplier of the towels to the world famous Wimbledon Tennis Championship.
The 1 billion USD Welspun Group acquired an 85% interest in Christy for a business valuation of GBP 15.6 m, in July 2006.
In 2008 they closed the dyehouse and making-up departments at Hyde and transferred the machinery to a specially designed site at Welspun's Anjar facility in India.
Their UK HQ and sales office remained at Carrfield Mill until 2012 when they took over 12,000 sq ft of offices and showroom facilities at Orbit Developments' Park Square complex in Cheadle.
The old mill is now in the process of being demolished.
More photos of the area behind Carrfield Mill can be found on Hyde DP Xtra.
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