SJ9595 : Hoviley Brow

taken 3 years ago, near to Hyde, Tameside, Great Britain

Hoviley Brow
Hoviley Brow
Hoviley Brow, now Commercial Street, used to be one of the main roads into Hyde leading from Newton (for Hyde) station. See old photograph LinkExternal link Behind the wall on the right flows Godley Brook alongside what was a dye works and is now "ABC Wax". Ahead the street led to the Market Place. That end of Hoviley Brow has been renamed Clarendon Place. Now it is a dead end for traffic. A footpath leads to John Street and Clark Way whilst a spiral ramp leads to a footbridge over the M67 motorway. On the left there used be rows of terraced houses and shops. Now there is only the motorway. A tunnel known as Cheapside underpass leads into the car park of Morrisons supermarket.
Ashton Brothers built Newton Bank Printworks in Hyde in the early 1800s. In 1899 F.W.Ashton became part of the Calico Printers association (CPA). In 1908 the first wax prints (production Batiks using handblock) were produced. In 1959, CPA purchased the Swiss trading company A.Brunnschweiler, and in 1970 that became the company name replacing F.W.Ashton.

A.Brunnschweiler & Co was soon abbreviated to ABC which later became the brand name of its wax prints in West Africa. ABC was purchased by the Cha group in 1992. In 2005, production of the standard ABC product was transferred to another group factory in Ghana called Akosombo Textiles Ltd (ATL)

All production ceased at Newton bank printworks in December 2007 and all the necessary machinery was transferred to ATL in Ghana. The site was then decommissioned and cleaned up prior to demolition in 2014.

A full record of the demolition with photos and videos can be found on LinkExternal link a blog created by site manager David Bradley.
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 10 September, 2014   (more nearby)
Sunday, 14 September, 2014
Geographical Context
Roads, Road transport 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 9525 9519 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:27.2067N 2:4.3797W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 9526 9519
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West-southwest (about 247 degrees)
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