Sunday, October 16, 2016

Heritage Calendar for 2017

 Stockport Heritage Trust has its new colour calendar out now !!

It is still £6 with an envelope and can be bought from the Heritage Centre in St. Mary's Church,
or by ringing Kevin Dranfield on 0161 427 4006

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Exhibition of Bridgefield Dig Artifacts and Information

An exhibition about the Bridgefield dig that took place last year, was put on by Stockport Heritage Trust as part of the National 'Heritage Open Days' event. It ran from 8th to 11th September and had a good turn-out of over 250 visitors.  Photographs and artifacts from the dig were on display, as well as background information about the site's history and occupants. The exhibition was organised by Jill Trumble, with valued support being provided by other Trust members.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Monday, August 15, 2016

Classic Car Show

This is the second consecutive year that Stockport has held a Classic Car Show in the Market Place.
Combined with the Vintage Market, a good turnout was guaranteed and we were not disappointing.
With 75 classic and vintage cars plus motorbikes and scooters, there was plenty for the public to view and discuss.
There was food, music and plenty of 'Vintage' on offer.

Included in the attractions was the Stockport Dungeon, with Kieth, our resident tour guide and an exhibition of early waterpower.

Derek White became the towns new Town Crier and the Mayor seemed to enjoy the show as much as everyone else.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Summer 2016 Heritage Magazine in the Shops

The Summer 2016 Stockport Heritage Magazine is out now.
It gives you stories of -

1950s buses in Mersey Square.
BHS historic concrete art work.
The Oldest school in the North.
Street 'cred'.
Disastrous fire at cotton mill.
The last resident of Bramall Hall.
Manor Farm cottages, Woodley

and much, much more, with letters and updates of the latest news about Stockport's heritage.

£2.80 from many newsagents and most Co-operative stores in Stockport and district.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Proposed Tours Around Staircase House

 Members of Stockport Heritage Trust were given a private tour of Staircase House as a rehearsal for a new kind of photographic opportunity which will be offered to the public soon.

After a short guided tour, members with all shapes of camera equipment were let loos around the house to photograph wherever they pleased.
 The whole experiance took around 2 hours and was a great success.
Many rooms were open that would not normally be seen and this included access to the staircase itself.

Friday, June 03, 2016

Stockport Market Consultation results

Many thanks to one of our Trust members [RKB] for collating all the results below, and to other members as well,  who manually inputted all the data at very short notice. Please click on X-Large to view :-

Saturday, April 30, 2016

St George's Day in Stockport

St. George tries his hand against the dragon as volunteers from the market traders and the Heritage Trust hand out roses to passers by.

A stall manned by Trust volunteers, in costume,
displayed old photographs of Stockport as well as black and white images from the Northwest Film Archive.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Stockport Heritage Magazine - Out Now

The Spring issue for 2016 is in the shops now, with stories of -

Tiviot Dale Station
An Elizabethan Magician
Advertiser memories
Pie and Pint
Albion Mills
Harry Catterick, football's unsung great.
The Easter Risings
War in the Air
Updates on Stockport's buildings at risk
and many more, letters and articles.

Back copies are also available from the Stockport Heritage Centre in St. Mary's Church.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Old Rectory Ice House unveiled

Dr. Peter Arrowsmith unveiled the Old Rectory Ice House today, which has been recently cleared out by a small group of hard working Heritage Trust volunteers. Temporary lighting was provided by a Trust volunteer, and refreshments were provided.
A new Stockport Town Centre Heritage Trail plaque was also unveiled.
The Trust has a new free A2 Town Centre Trail leaflet, which was also launched.
It was Rev Scoones' penultimate service today as he's retiring in April, and he also attended and said a few kind words after the unveiling.

[It'll always be full of leaves in autumn...].

Monday, January 18, 2016

Edward Street Mill - Windmill Excavation

This morning a viewing of the recently unearthed remains of the Edward Street windmill took place, arranged by Paul Hartley of Stockport Council.  An archaeological excavation and documentation of the site was in progress, and we were guided by the archaeologist's team leader.

The windmill stood on the site of the former Hollingdrake's car showrooms on Edward Street, adjacent to the Town Hall, which as a building closed for the last time in 2015.  It was built in 1784-85 to provide power to the Edward Street Mill.  Wind power was superseded at the mill in 1795 when a steam engine was installed.  The mill had closed by 1842.  Local groups used the windmill as a meeting place, including the Independent Methodists (1817 - 1820), and from 1818 by the radical 'Stockport Union for the Promotion of Human Happiness'.  The windmill was demolished in 1857.  In 1922 the foundations of the windmill were discovered during construction of Hollingdrake's showrooms, and they were preserved under the first floor of the building.

The site was re-discovered in mid-January 2016, and is soon to be cleared to make way for a new build (Stockport Homes).  Archaeologists have performed a rapid documentation of what they have unearthed, and information panels illustrating the history of the site will be on display in the new building.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Heritage Trust Newsletter

News Update
Work In the Church –At last the work in the church is finished and the carpets down. All is clean and warm and we are waiting to hear if we are able to use the old choir vestry for exhibitions, in the New Year. Roger Scoones, who has been the rector at St. Mary’s for the last 19 years, will be retiring following the Easter services next March. Roger has been a good friend to the Heritage Centre, which would never have been located in the church without his full support. He will be missed, and it is hoped that the new incumbent will also wish to be part of this unique partnership.

Merseyway Bridge – A group of members gathered together on a cold Sunday in November, to measure the distance from Lancashire Bridge to the Bear Pit. The reason for this dates back to a Trust outing to Rochdale, back in March 2009 when, seeing that Rochdale were claiming the widest bridge in Europe, our members became convinced that Stockport could beat them. It has taken six years to get around to measuring it and Stockport’s bridge is now shorter than it was, but Rochdale’s does not exist anymore. The distance measured was 436m (1430ft.), so we are throwing down the gauntlet to see if any town challenge that.

 Stockport Colour Calendar for 2016
Still a few calendars left in our Heritage Centre still £6 or order on line at our website.

Church Guide Book – St. Mary’s have a new book coming out, which can guide you around the history of the church, its building and its past. It was put together by Jill Trumble, one of our long standing members and with a colourful cover it is on sale in the church shop at £2.

Archaeology in Stockport - If you have an interest in archaeology in Stockport and its surrounds contact: ‘Dig Discover Enjoy’, Archaeology in Greater Manchester. To find out what is happening in the area go to  

Christmas – the last day that the Heritage Centre will be open for gifts, will be Thur. 24th December, and we will be returning  on Sat 9th Jan 2016.

Facebook - We now have a new Facebook page called ‘Stockport Heritage Trust Group’.
Events –
Christmas Meal – Wed Jan 13th, we are gathering at the Rudyard Hotel, Heaton Chapel, SK4 5BP. The meal will be £10 but places need to be booked so please give your name and money to someone in the Heritage Centre if you wish to go.
10th Feb. 2016 – A trip to the Manchester Police Museum.

Chairman Tony Marsh 0161  432 1670
Hon. Sec. Coral Dranfield 0161 427 4006
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