Sunday, 24 May 2015

Holy Trinity, Gee Cross

Holy Trinity opened in 1874 as a chapel to Hyde: St. George. In 1880 it became the district church for parts of the townships of Hyde and Werneth (previously served by Werneth: St. Paul, Hyde: St. George, and Hyde: St. Thomas). For a detailed description of the boundaries see the Genuki website.

The erection of a tower as a memorial to Queen Victoria was first seriously discussed in 1901. It was not an effort solely confined to Holy Trinity. The building committee was an inter-denominational one, the memorial being that of the village of Gee Cross. A building committee was formed and it was decided to erect a tower capable of safely housing both a clock and a peal of bells. The work was undertaken by Messrs. Armitage of Gee Cross, following the grant of a faculty in 1901. The memorial stones were laid on July 18th 1903, the tower being built on the site of the former baptistry. The tower was finally completed in 1904 and consecrated by the then Bishop of Chester, Bishop Jayne on April 23rd in that year.

The clock in the tower was provided by Mrs. Brown, the widow of the late Canon Brown in memory of her husband. This was dedicated on 31st December 1904 by Canon Maitland Wood, afterwards being set in motion by Mrs. T.G. Williams, wife of the Vicar. The clock itself was manufactured by William Potts & Sons of Leeds and is designed on similar lines to those installed by the same maker in the cathedrals of Lincoln, Carlisle, Ripon, Chelmsford, Bradford and Armagh. It now seems to be stuck at 12 o'clock.

See the Hyde, Cheshire blog for more information on the history of the church and images of the original structure.

A contribution to Inspired Sundays.

Friday, 22 May 2015

House backs & an unexpected cockerel

On the right is the side of an end terrace on Higher Henry Street.

At the back is the rear of houses on Kirkley Street.

The fences on the left are at the back of houses on Dowson Road.

I never even noticed the cockerel when I took the photograph.

It is actually the top of a weather-vane.

A contribution to
Good Fences;
Skywatch Friday;
Friday Greens.

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Signs in Hyde Park

Under a cherry tree at the southern entrance to Hyde Park is a piece of wood carved with a floral design and the words "Welcome to Hyde", also "Happiness" and "Unity". It appears to be dated MMXII (2012) but has only recently been erected here.

On the reverse is a floral design and the words "Hyde Community Art Project".

Nearby is a sign to the Woodland Walk to which has been pinned a public information notice dated March 2015 that states "Please note that the setting of any traps in greenspaces owned or managed by Tameside Council is not permitted. The causing of unnecessary suffering to wild animals is a breach of the Animal Welfare Act 2006." Anyone with information about the illegal setting of traps in Hyde Park is requested to call the Council.

A contribution to signs, signs.

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