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May 28th saw the unveiling of two plaques marking the line of the
Stockport Branch of the Manchester and Ashton-Under-Lyne Canal, known locally
as the ‘Lanky Cut’. The first at 2pm was at the side of Nelstrop’s flour mill,
Albion Mill at the top of Lancashire Hill. The second at 2.30 was at North
Reddish Park Community Centre. The plaques were unveiled by the Mayor of
Stockport, Councillor Chris Murphy and his wife Dot and in attendance was Peter
Scott of the Manchester & Stockport Canal Society and other dignitaries.
present at Albion Mill was one of the directors of the mill.
the blue plaques around Stockport which are round, the two unveiled are green
and oblong in appearance.
canal was an important trading route into Stockport and its terminus was at the
top of Lancashire Hill beyond the mill, where there was a coal wharf and other
businesses. Unfortunately it fell into disuse and like so many other canals it
became derelict and in 1971 it was filled in.
the years the potential for use of the canals for leisure purposes was realised
and many were restored by engineers and enthusiasts alike. Most notably locally
is the Peak Forest Canal and the branch from Marple to Macclesfield. More
recently the Huddersfield and the Rochdale Canals were restored to navigation
and along with the Cheshire Ring opening up new routes popular with narrow boat
owners with the potential for going further afield all over the country, and
the canals are popular with other users such as walkers, cyclists and anglers
alike. Unfortunately this popularity came too late for the ‘Lanky Cut’ and what
could have been a useful amenity for local people was lost and largely built
over in places. The Huddersfield Canal had been built over where it went
through Stalybridge and there was a proposal to divert the route via the River
Tame and rejoin the original route further along. This was rejected however,
and buildings on the original route were demolished. Where the Rochdale went
through Failsworth a CO-OP supermarket built over the canal was demolished and
rebuilt and the canal and a new basin constructed.
aim of the Manchester and Stockport Canal Society is to bring back the canal
which should never have been lost, and you can look at the society’s web site
by typing in Stockport Canal in the address bar of the computer. Anyone can
also become a member of the society and receive news about forthcoming events
and activities. Someone once called them
a ‘bunch of dreamers’. Looking at the Huddersfield and Rochdale canals shows
what can be done if we dare to dream. However, bringing the Stockport Canal
back may be a nightmare for some along its route!
A May festival on The Green has been revived by Hawk Green
Residents Association recalling festivals of long ago.
A king and queen
presided over stalls, vintage vehicles and maypole dancing by the brownies. The
Green has a long tradition of serving the outlying district of Hawk Green near
Marple and was levelled with cinders from Goyt Mill for use as a cricket field
in the 1930s. Before that it was common land where horses, sheep and cattle
could be grazed by nearby cottagers.
The organisers turned up in costume
reflecting a WW1 theme and the sun honoured the day.
The Spring issue of the Stockport Heritage Magazine is out now !!
Packed full of interesting articles and news about Stockport's Heritage -
Uncertain future for our pubs.
The name's the same.
Trams and Tripe.
Songs and games of a bygone era.
Woodbank Hall survey
Potatoes will grow in anything.
A companion for Cobden?
King Cotton is dead.
Romiley Primary School's first 100 years.
Walks from Cheadle Hulme.
Iron furnaces and forges.
Also letters, updates about our buildings at risk and news from the Stockport Heritage Trust.
The cover price of the magazine has gone up to £2.80,after 7 years of being the same price, but there are less adverts and more colour pages.
Stockport Heritage Centre in St. Mary's Church now has items from the First World War on display - focusing on local people. We're also keen to collect your family history accounts of First World War experiences for our archive. Free entry - all welcome! Open Tuesday, Friday & Saturday 10.30-3.30 and Thursdays 10-2pm.
"A group known as ROMILEY REMEMBERS would love to hear from anyone who had family living in the Romiley, Bredbury or Woodley area during the First World War. We would like them to share memories of these people with the group, so that we can commemorate the areas life in the 1914 -1918 War.
We plan to publish a book, with a trail, remembering all the local Soldiers, Navy and Airmen, who died fighting for their country in the conflict.
Its a great way to kick off your Friday night before heading on to your favourite hostelry or just going for a bite to eat and a sneaky beer after a hard day at 'the office'. Foodie Friday will continue to be a regular event on the last Friday of every month and the beers and food will change accordingly over the seasons
This year's Heritage Open Day saw the centre of Stockport as one large venue, with 10 heritage sites and eleven retailers all taking part and offering something new, free or different, to the many, many visitors that came.
Around 500 people came to see Stockport's Dungeon, there was also a guided tours under the Produce Hall, viewing of the old and unusual clock mechanism at Winter's.
Raffles at Mr. Simms and Celebration Cakes were on offer, as well as free samples of beer at Robinson's and Victorian cordials in the Market Hall.
Our Fred Dibnah look-alike (Mike Kearon) gave the history of the Market Hall and the NatWest bank opened it's doors to a positive flood of visitor wishing to see two unique and amazing fireplaces.
Our own Tony Marsh gave tours of St. Mary's Church and graveyard.
Ladies enjoyed Edwardian style sherry and cake at the Three Shires and everyone seemed to have a great time.