This is a continuation of last week’s post, moving from the village of Gee Cross to the town of Hyde that it is now part of. Hyde is one of the towns in the far north east of Cheshire known as the panhandle because of the way it sticks out, surrounded by the counties of Lancashire, Derbyshire and Yorkshire as you can see from this 1840 map. Here are a few photos with a Hyde or H connection — click to enlarge.
This is all that remains of the Hyde Lads Club building. It sits somewhat incongruously on the Travis Street car park. The inscription commemorates Thomas Hughes, author of Tom Brown’s Schooldays, who used the building when he was a county court judge between 1882 and 1896.
I went to Hyde Grammar School pictured above and now Clarendon Sixth Form College. It was built in 1909 and the photos show the parts that I remember. New additions surround them and the sports field where I learned to play rugby and failed to master tennis is now the main Hyde Police Station.
One of the recognisable alumni of Hyde Grammar School is the rather irritating tv and radio personality, Timmy Mallett, who was a couple of years below me. I don’t remember him from then, but he probably tells you all you need to know about our academic standards.
There are remnants of the old town, like this doorway on Hamnett Street which I think is part of the Bike and Hound pub. On the right are some fly-blown posters at the empty Astoria Bingo Hall next to the bus station which used to be owned by the Cordwell family who now run several amusement arcades in the town. Tom Cordwell was a mate of mine at Hyde Grammar.
Red brick is quite a predominant theme in the Victorian buildings about the town. Above left is the old Hyde post office built in 1899 and now an early learning centre, while right is the town’s library.
Bringing things up to date is a photo of the Hatton Health and Fitness Centre on the corner of Market Street and Dowson Road. It is owned by two-time IBF and IBO light welterweight champion and local resident, Ricky ‘The Hitman‘ Hatton. It was officially opened by Muhammad Ali last year, bringing the traffic to a halt on an emotional day as the photo below from the Telegraph report illustrates.
H is for Heron by the Pedalogue
History of Hyde United at Old Hyde
Heron in Northenden by Gerald
Hinky Pinky at Day by Day