Sunday, 31 March 2013

Shadows by Church View



On a bitter cold sunny day, the tree by the side of Church View casts its shadow across the ground.

For a perspective that includes the church, see the original photo on Geograph.

A contribution to Shadow Shot Sunday.

Saturday, 30 March 2013

Godley Brook by Hoviley



I first showed the weir on the Godley Brook from the entrance to the ABC Wax premises in May 2007 and then again in March 2009 when there was a supermarket trolley below the weir.

It looked a bit different in September 2009 and in July 2011.

On the right is the M67 motorway.

A contribution to Weekend Reflections.

Friday, 29 March 2013

More work behind fences



For the last few years workers have been busy converting the site of the former Automaster's engineering works by the Peak Forest Canal into an estate of new houses.

The area in the foreground here was the builder's "yard" but now the houses are all complete, they have started clearing the yard. Whether they are landscaping it or putting up some light commercial units as they are doing lower down Manchester Road, I'm not yet sure.

For Skywatch Friday and Friday Fences.

Thursday, 28 March 2013

Signs, signs



In a corner of the bottom of the inside market in Clarendon Mall is a unit that sells photoprints and signs.

These were on display last Saturday.

A contribution to signs, signs.

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Ripples on the Peak Forest Canal



The latest in my series of photographs of the Peak Forest Canal from the Manchester Road bridge was taken yesterday morning.

Whilst much of the UK was blanketed in snow, here we had only a few flakes but it was bitterly cold with an icy wind blowing. So strong was the wind that it was creating ripples in the normally calm surface of the canal.

On the left the construction work at the former Automasters site has moved nearer to the new housing estate. Whether they are landscaping the area or building some light commercial units, as they have done lower down Manchester round, I'm not sure. We will see no doubt in due course.

Previous views of the Peak Forest Canal from Manchester Road:
For Our World Tuesday.

Monday, 25 March 2013

Easter bonnets



Last Saturday in the inside market in Clarendon Mall there was an Easter bonnet competiton on and these were some of the entries on display.

For Mellow Yellow Monday.

Sunday, 24 March 2013

Horses by the Foxholes Oak


Two horses are on the bridlepath section of the Trans Pennine Trail underneath the oak tree at Foxholes. A third horse is on the grass by the side of what is now a section of the National Cycle Route #62 from Southport and Liverpool to Hull and Hornsea.

Originally this was the Godley Junction to Apethorn Railway line used once by steam trains transporting freight from the Yorkshire coalfields to Fiddler's Ferry power station on the river Mersey.

See the horses a little further down the trail on Hyde DP Xtra.

A contribution to Camera Critters.


Saturday, 23 March 2013

Weekend in Black & White: Old Railway Signal Post



The cutting back of the growth on the banking of the former Godley Junction to Apethorn Railway and the trimming of the lower branches of some of the trees has exposed to view an old railway signal post.

The route is now part of the TransPennine Trail and the National Cycle Network Route 62.

See a coloured view on Geograph.

Take a closer look at some of the tree roots on sithenah.

View other contributors to The Weekend in Black and White.

Friday, 22 March 2013

Friday Fences: New Road at Godley Hill



A new road from Mottram Road is being constructed to serve the Kerrygold factory at Godley Hill. This view of the preparatory work for the construction is from the side of Godley Hill War Memorial.

See how it looks from Mottram Road on Hyde DP Xtra.

For Friday Fences.

Thursday, 21 March 2013

Clarendon Square Car Park


Off Union Street lies the Clarendon Square Car Park.

See how it looked in September 2006.

Until about a year ago parking on the upper levels of the multi-storey car park was free but the council has since stopped that "perk" and now you have to "pay and display" to park anywhere. As a result hardly anyone bothers to venture above ground and rumours are that it is going to be pulled down.

A contribution to signs, signs.

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

ABC Wednesday: J is for Johnsonbrook Road


Johnsonbrook Road leads from Hyde North railway station up to its junction here with Ashton Road and Birch Lane.

Once a hive of heavy industry it is now for the most part a rough cobbled road apart from this end.

The new houses are over the boundary in Dukinfield.

For ABC Wednesday.

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Festival of the Equinox



The equinox marks the passage of time and the changing of the seasons. In this material day and age it affects not just the natural world but the commerical one too.

Here in Clarendon Shopping Centre, where a travel agents has closed and moved on, a new business is moving in. I could be mistaken, but it appears to be a new clothing store despite similar stores having failed before.

Hopefully this one will grow and blossom past spring and summer and into autumn.

Festival of the Equinox is a theme for City Daily Photoblogs. Visit the other participants.

Also for Our World Tuesday.

Monday, 18 March 2013

Mellow Yellow Monday: Lollipop Lady



Officially known as school crossing patrollers, lollipop men and ladies as they are more popularly called, are a common sight in the UK.

Under UK law it is an offence for a motorist not to stop if signalled to do so by a patroller. In the past patrollers only had the authority to stop the traffic for children. However, the Transport Act 2000 changed the law so that a patroller had the authority to stop the traffic for any pedestrian.

See her from across the road on Hyde DP Xtra.

For Mellow Yellow Monday.

Sunday, 17 March 2013

Shadow Shot Sunday: Memorial Garden for Fiona Bone and Nicola Hughes



Last September I showed you the double rainbow that appeared over Hyde on the evening of the day that PCs Nicola Hughes and Fiona Bone were gunned down in Mottram.

I showed you also the tributes to Fiona and Nicola that were laid at the scene.

Today's photo shows the memorial garden which was opened outside Hyde Police Station on 13th December 2012.

Take a closer look at the memorial garden on Hyde DP Xtra.

A contribution to Shadow Shot Sunday.

Saturday, 16 March 2013

The Weekend in Black & White: Godley Brook at Godley Hill



Viewed looking upstream from the footbridge below Godley Hill War Memorial.

From here it is about three miles downstream to the view I showed you a month ago from Newton Street.

For The Weekend in Black and White.

Friday, 15 March 2013

Friday Fences: Godley Hill War Memorial



The War Memorial at Godley Hill, unveiled in 1920, is a small obelisk made of granite in the centre of a circular flower bed. The area is surrounded by a low wall. Access is through small metal gates, both of which bear the date 1953 (possibly because they were placed there for the Coronation of Elizabeth II). In front of the memorial, on the flower bed, is a cube-shaped white receptacle for holding flowers bearing the words "In memory of the fallen of Godley Hill"

The inscription on the front side of Godley Hill War Memorial ] reads
Erected
in honour
and deep gratitude
to the men who fought
for
liberty and freedom
in the
Great World War
1914-1919.

Beneath is written

Unveiled by
Daniel Adamson Esq,
of Longlands,
July 17th, 1920.
See the other three sides and read the names inscribed thereon on Hyde DP Xtra.

A contribution to Friday Fences.

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

ABC Wednesday: I is for Ink & Indian Cuisine



In 2010 this used to be the "Garlic" but that moved into the space above the entrance to Clarendon Mall and is still there.

It briefly became "The Bay Leaf" before finding life as the Bengal Spice.

By March 2011 it had changed to the Jaipur which had previously operated from premises at the bottom end of Market Street.

A few months later the Jaipur moved again to premises on Market Street formerly occupied by "Clove" - see my post of 17th May 2012.

It was then that the sign for the Bengal Spice re-appeared here.

Now, however, the sign has been removed again and the premises re-opened as "Maha Indian Cuisine". As yet they don't have a neon sign up.

Next door, meanwhile, the premises, formerly occupied by an equestrian suppliers, are now a tattoo parlour operating under the name "Northern Ink".

A contribution to ABC Wednesday.

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Comfort Corner, 2013



The bottom end of Market Street. Around the left-hand bend it becomes Manchester Road. On the right is the exit from the bus station. Before the building of the M67 in the 1970s this would also have been the junction with Newton Street ahead but now there is just a slipway to the M67 immediately round the bend.

See how it looked around 1948 on Old Hyde.

For Our World Tuesday.

Monday, 11 March 2013

Mellow Yellow Monday: Marie Curie Cancer Care Daffodil Appeal



On Saturday there were numerous ladies collecting for the Marie Curie Cancer Care Daffodil Appeal and I caught this one outside Clarendon Mall.

Read more about it on the Great Daffodil Appeal website.

A contribution to Mellow Yellow Monday.

Sunday, 10 March 2013

Shadow Shot Sunday: 3 4 5 6 ^ 8 9



I found the shadows of these numbers on Church Street last week.

Where did they come from?

See my post for Friday Fences.

For a wider view showing the whole street scene see Hyde DP Xtra.

A contribution to Shadow Shot Sunday.

Saturday, 9 March 2013

The Weekend in Black and White: Pole Bank Gardens



One of the sunken gardens at Pole Bank.

For information on the history of Pole Bank see Old Hyde.

A view of one of the other gardens at Pole Bank can be seen on Hyde DP Xtra.

A contribution to The Weekend in Black and White and Scenic Weekends.

Friday, 8 March 2013

School Fence



Today's post features the fence at St George's Church of England Primary School. I showed you a little bit of the school in September 2010 but here is a closer view of the surrounding fence.

A day school first existed here in 1836 but was replaced by a new school in 1870. Extensions were made in 1895 and 1913. The stone wall below the fence is part of the perimeter of the "new school". The old buildings were replaced by modern classrooms in 1978.

See photographs and further information about the history of the school on Hyde, Cheshire.

A contribution to Friday Fences.

Thursday, 7 March 2013

No more Unity



This is my contribution to signs, signs.

What signs?

The only sign in evidence is the one warning that the area is covered by CCTV surveillance.

The signs of the Unity pub have indeed been stripped from the building.

See how it looked in December.

Take a closer look at the missing pub sign in a post from June 2008.

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

ABC Wednesday: H is for Hyde Motors



The car showroom on Clark Way used to be full of mainly imported American cars but the Stewart Wilson company moved out and the premises have been empty since September 2010. Now they are open again.

A contribution to ABC Wednesday.

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Melanie from Manchester



One morning recently I met Melanie and her mate from Manchester College selling Student Rag-mags in the Market Place.

Now I haven't seen a student ragmag for about 40 years. In some ways this was much the same, being full of mainly crudely smutty jokes and little subtlety. Both men and woman are equal targets except for the proverbial blondes. The only racial stereotypes are the Welsh and Kiwis with hints about their relationships with sheep.

The old rag mags though were always local in kind and supported student charities, but this one could be found equally in Manchester, Glasgow or Cardiff and sellers apparantly retain a portion of the cover price for themselves.

A contribution to Our World Tuesday.

Monday, 4 March 2013

Jolly Carter under scaffolding again



The men in yellow jackets are erecting scaffolding at the Jolly Carter again.

The last time that happened it was having a makeover but it has been closed again for some time - it is still advertising Christmas!

There's a long yellow ladder behind the truck.

See more yellow things on Mellow Yellow Monday.

Sunday, 3 March 2013

Shadow Shot Sunday: Tree at Pole Bank



Last Sunday I posted the shadow of a bench at Pole Bank and yesterday I posted a view from across the pond showing two benches and a tree.

So today I'm posting the tree's shadow.

See the same tree when it was just a three-foot sapling on Old Hyde.

A video by "Lilac Toad" with old photos relating to the history of Pole Bank can by found on YouTube.

A contribution to Shadow Shot Sunday.

Saturday, 2 March 2013

The Weekend in Black & White: Pole Bank Pond



A view across Pole Bank Pond towards the benches on the opposite side.

See a closer view of one of the benches on last Sunday's shadow shot.

Check out an old view of the pond on Old Hyde.

Read something of its history and see four more photographs of the pond on Hyde DP Xtra.

A contribution to The Weekend in Black and White and Scenic Weekends.

Friday, 1 March 2013

Café chairs outside B's



The CDPB theme this month is Café chairs. Unlike some places, Hyde doesn't really have much of a pavement café culture, and, if I'm honest, the reason why there are a couple of tables and set of chairs outside B's on Clarendon Place is that they are for the use of customers who like to smoke which they cannot do inside.

Earlier this week I was inside B's looking out and you can see that view of the chairs on Hyde DP Xtra.

See more kinds of chairs on the CDPB March theme day page.

A contribution to Weekend Reflections.