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Memories of Hyde
I went to Hyde Chaple School from 1953 to 1959 then to Leigh Street School from 1959 to 1964. I really enjoyed my school days. I would like to hear from anyone who attended the same schools for the same period as myself. I was called Sally Jones before I was married.
Does anyone remember Duke Street School, that's where I spent my early years? We had a formidable headmaster in those days. I lived in Denton up till we moved away when I was around 9. We lived in a newly built property and had neighbours the Tillys - they had 3 children, one sadly died young. Also can anyone remember a Eilean and Len Smith, they lived in the same street as I did. If anyone knows them I would just like to say hi.
My abiding memory of Hyde as a child growing up in the late 50's - 60's was going shopping with my mum on a Saturday afternoon. My mum always dressed up as though it was a special occasion. We always went into Ibbotson's where my auntie worked and where at times, when they were short staffed, my mum would wash the dishes. Their strawberry tarts are the best I have ever eaten. I remember that lovely sweet shop a few doors up and when it was cold in the winter we would go to Meschia's further up Hyde Lane for hot vimto. When I was young, a trip to Hyde was not complete without a ride on the ting-a-lings. I liked the bus with the bell best! I still go and visit the market when I return to visit family but it is not the same. The smells of the lovely market hall have gone - you used to be able... Read more
I Had A Wonderful Childhood Growing up in Hyde.
We used to go swimming at the local baths on a Saturday morning, then into Meschias for ice cream. In the afternoon we would walk down Market Street, or Hyde Lane as some people called it. We would go round the market, buy our stockings or tights off Sharma then go in the market hall just to smell the lovely aroma of the sweets that were being cooked on the sweet stall. Oh what memories.
Hyde - so Many Fond Memories.
Nightingales on the corner opposite the post office. What a wonderful smell when you walked in. The cafe (Booth's?) just up from CABLE shoes where I started work at age 14, best chips and gravy ever! Ibbotson's bakery where my boss's wife worked for many years, Mini Broadbent. I was born at 17th Syddall Street in April 1946. The corner shop "Andrew's" provided everything from Fenning's little healers to drinks like Vimto and Dandelion & Burdock. My grandad (Jimmy Snee) used to drink with LS Lowry in the Cheshire Cheese on Hyde Lane. I watched him paint on the Town Hall steps. Had I only known :-)) Wonderful little town with wonderful people.
Sweetshops in Hyde
Does anyone remember the great sweet shops we had in Hyde? Notably Nightingales who had a stall in the old original market hall, where they used to make gorgeous toffee while everyone watched. I can still see them throwing hot toffee over a big hook until it turned a creamy colour, it was then rolled inside brown toffee to make Godley Rock. Also they made cough drops, clove rock, cough candy and treacle toffee. The smell was mouthwatering. There was also another bow windowed shop on Market Street which sold rock called Tommy Todd, great for taking to the Ritz Saturday matinee pictures. The shop is still there, but is now a cafe.