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The next FREE guided walk around the heritage of Stockport, will be on Sat 2nd July. It takes around 2 hours, begins in St. Mary's Church at 11am, and will take you to parts of Stockport's past that will amaze. Just turn up, your guide will be Keith Hopwood.
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 :-
The Spring issue for 2016 is in the shops now, with stories of -
Tiviot Dale Station
An Elizabethan Magician
Pie and Pint
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.
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.
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 Wind power was superseded at the mill in 1795 when a steam engine was installed.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.
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
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
Christmas – the last day that the Heritage Centre will be open for
gifts, will be Thur. 24th December, and we will be returningon Sat 9th Jan 2016.
Facebook - We now have a new Facebook page called ‘Stockport
Heritage Trust Group’.
Christmas Meal –
WedJan 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.
2016 – A trip to the Manchester Police Museum.