Here’s some facts you might not know about our very own community.
The name Hyde derives from “hide” meaning a measure of land roughly equivalent to 120 acres.
The town was mostly created in the 19th century and the Industrial Revolution. In the late 18th century the area that was to become the town centre was no more than a cluster of houses known as Red Pump Street.
Gee Cross was much larger and “Hyde” was still only used to refer to the estates of Hyde Hall on the banks of the Tame. Altogether there were only 3,500 inhabitants in the district in 1801.
Hyde’s growth ignited at the very same time as the boom of the cotton industry. As the town’s historian, Thomas Middleton, said “Prior to its connections with the cotton industry, Hyde has no separate identity It was merely an outlying township of the Parish of Stockport”.
As new mills were erected, cottages were built to house the workers and these hamlets gradually grew together to form Hyde. The name appears to have come into common usage by 1830.
Hyde is 180 Miles from London, and currently has a population of 28,600 people.
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