rain in May 1906 resulted in major flooding
in Hyde, Cheshire and the Reporter put
together a souvenir booklet to illustrate
Click on the photos to see
a larger version.
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 Joans
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
Cryers Ironworks three months previously,
cutting himself badly. The verdict was death by
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
husbands 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 Peters 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."
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.
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: Theyve
got the King and Queen in London, he said,
but even they havent got a display
An honest Salford
man (arent 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