Torrential rain in May 1906 resulted in major flooding in Hyde, Cheshire and the Reporter put together a souvenir booklet to illustrate the events.

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Hyde Flood

Hyde Flood

Joan ChesworthA treasure trove of family history material awaits Joan CHESWORTH or her relatives. She was born on 26 August 1944, the daughter of Joseph CHESWORTH and Harriet Ann COYNES. Their last known address was 19 Inverness Road, Dukinfield.

Relatives of her late cousin have uncovered a box which contains Joan’s birth certificate, her parents and grandparents marriage certificates, lots of family photos and other books and personal pieces. The photograph shows Joan aged about 15 in what is believed to be a Lakes Road school uniform.

Anyone interested should contact Mrs Theresa DEELEY at 98 Danby Road, Newton, Hyde, Cheshire SK14 4AE. Phone 0161 367 8029.


John SMITH died at his local pub, the Friendship Inn, Old Street, Ashton in 1900. The 59 year old was having a hot whisky with his friends after a botanists’ club meeting at about 9.30 pm when he began to froth at the mouth and collapsed. A doctor was called, but he was already dead.

The inquest heard that Mr SMITH had a weak heart and had suffered frequent spasms. He had also had an accident at work at Cryer’s Ironworks three months previously, cutting himself badly. The verdict was death by natural causes.


Stalybridge, Hyde, Mossley and Dukinfield formed a joint committee to discuss the introduction of ‘new electric traction and lighting’ (trams to thee and me) this week a century ago. It was chaired by Alderman SIMPSON, Mayor of Stalybridge and each town agreed to contribute the princely sum of 237 towards the scheme. Some knowledgeable person out there might be able to confirm if this was the forerunner of the S.H.M.D Bus Company I remember from my childhood. Or ‘Schmud Buzzes’ as they were known locally.
Mining was ever a dangerous occupation and a report about an accident at Ashton Moss Colliery in 1900 illustrates the point. Two ‘tubs’ used to carry coal up a steep inclined came careering back down again after a chain had snapped, crashing into two pitmen in their path.

Isaac BURGESS of Hill Street, Ashton and Edwin LONGDEN of the Stag Inn, Warrington Street were the unfortunate victims. Mr BURGESS received a badly crushed ankle in the incident, while Mr LONGDEN lost the end of one of his fingers, as well as injuries to his head and left shoulder


A seemingly less serious accident brought about the demise of William HIGGINBOTTOM. The 44 year old man of Oxford Road, Dukinfield, was chopping orange boxes in his back yard when the axe head flew off and hit him on the ear. His wife Clarissa noticed that he looked pale after the accident, but he said he felt fine, even though he had lost a lot of blood. He refused to call a doctor and died suddenly about a week later. The cause of death was said to be a fracture of the temporal bone of the skull, causing meningitis. Strangely, his wife found a loaded gun among her husband’s possessions, although police said it could not have been used for some time.

May is the traditional time for local elections and so it was in 1950. Ashton was controlled by the Conservatives and remained so as only St Peter’s Ward changed hands when Mr R GREAVE (Con) defeated Cllr P H DUFFY (Lab). The new council had 24 Conservative councillors and 16 Labour.
Labour romped home in Dukinfield where William REECE, a former council member from 1945-47 was returned top of the poll. However, two recounts were needed in the town where Liberal councillor Mr H BROWN held his seat by five votes. There was another close battle in Millbrook Ward where Mr T H WILLIAMS retained the seat for the Tories, vacated by Cllr S GOULD who did not seek re-election.
Thieves stole a family of budgerigars from Stamford Park and smashed the eggs in the nesting boxes this week 50 years ago. "There were 10 birds in the aviary when the park was locked up on Tuesday night," said the Reporter. "When an attendant went to the aviary at 7.30 am on Wednesday, all the birds were missing. The thieves had cut through the wire and removed a section of the netting to get inside the aviary. All the eggs and the nesting boxes were found smashed on the floor."

Park Superintendent, Mr D S SHORTREED said: "This was evidently a planned job. Wire-cutters were used to get at the birds, and the thieves must have had a net to capture the cock birds which would have been perched at the top of the aviary. It is a shabby trick to deprive the children of their pleasure like this." The Park Committee offered a 5 reward for information leading to a conviction.


Better news for the park was the continuing success of its ‘Tulip Sunday’. 25,000 of the flowers were scattered in the beds and borders and people came from all over Manchester and from as far afield as London to see them at the rate of 800 an hour through the park gates.

"Throughout the afternoon, there were queues to enter the conservatory to view the splendid display of calceolarias, schizanths and hydrangeas. Admiring comments were many, but they were possibly summed up in the remark of a visitor from London: ‘They’ve got the King and Queen in London,’ he said, ‘but even they haven’t got a display like this.’"


An honest Salford man (aren’t they all?! :o)) tried to hand in 80 he had found at an Ashton bus stop, but was told to keep the notes. Elderly William SIDEBOTTOM of Audley Steet, Ashton later reported the loss, he said in Cockbrook, confessing that he was ‘in something of a sweat. The money was returned to him.
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