Reddish Vale Country Park
The lane from Reddish Vale to Hyde Hall Farm at Denton was built by gangs of unemployed people to keep them occupied.
On the 1840's Tythe map the lane is called Occupation Road. By 1848 the lane was finished so it may have been built by people made unemployed by the depression in the felt hat trade in the 1840's.
Ross Lave Lane as it is now called possibly got it's name from an old tanning place on it. The alder and oak of this region along with the water would have made it a good place for a tanning works. The word 'Ross' means to clean, wash or flow against and 'Lave' is a Scottish word meaning headland. Heading up Ross Lave Lane you eventually arrive at Hyde Hall Farm.
Ross Lave Lane
Hyde Hall was originally built in the 15th century as a half timbered wattle and daub building, it was considerably altered in the 17 century when it was partly faced with brick.
The entrance gateway has a shield bearing the Hyde coat of arms and beneath the date 1625.
The older part of the hall contained the principal and entertaining rooms. The oak panelled great hall is 24ft long with an eleven foot fireplace. The room is lit from the west by two modern windows and from the east by an oriel or bay window.
Above the hall is a wainscotted chamber. The floors leading to it are of polished oak. Beneath the hall are cellars and the lofts below the roof were probably servants sleeping quarters
Queen Anne, a distant relative of the Hydes was believed to have once stayed at Hyde Hall. The chamber over the hall which is said to be haunted used to be called Queen Anne's Chamber'. The window of the small chamber possesses a pane on which the name 'Anne' has been inscribed.
Tradition says that a subterranean passage beneath the River Tame, connects the cellars of Hyde Hall to Arden Hall, but no evidence of this has been found.
The Hydes of Denton were the youngest branch of the Hydes of Hyde. Sir Robert de Hyde, Lord of Hyde who died in 1290 had two sons, John and Alexander. John succeeded to the Hyde estate and Alexander when he married inherited the family lands in Denton. Alexander settled in Denton during the reign of Edward I connecting the Hydes with this area for over 400 years.
The main branch of the family resided in Hyde but there were also relations in the south of England. From these Edward Hyde, Earl of Clarendon and Lord Chancellor to Charles II was descended. His daughter Anne Hyde married King James II and his granddaughters Mary and Anne also reigned as Queens of England.
Robert Hyde one of the most famous of the Denton branch succeeded to the estate in 1639. He was a keen puritan and took parliaments side against Charles I in the Civil War. When in 1642 the Royalists laid siege to Manchester Robert Hyde armed his servants and marched to the relief of the town.
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