Sunday, August 02, 2015

Summer 2015 Heritage Magazine OUT NOW

The latest Heritage Magazine is in the shops now.

With lots of stories, letter and photographs concerning the Heritage of the borough of Stockport.

There are stories about -
Peterloo and freedom of speech.
Stockport's connection to the Spanish Civil War.
 The Domestic Woolen Trade.
Reddish and the Great War.
Airport Link Road Impacts on Heritage.
Cheadle Village Hero
A Clay-kicker Tunneling under Hill 60.
Bramall Hall and Quarrey Bank.
And find out what the Heritage Trust are up to.

Add to this list letters, photos and heritage updates.

If you cannot find a copy contact the Editor.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Romiley Signal Box Closes

The last night of Romiley
Signal box. 
Inside the Signal Box
Network Rail workers
beginning to
shut down Romiley's
Signal Box which has been
in existence since 1892.

The second photo is taken
from outside the Signal 

A 00-08 train from Romiley
to New Mills Central. 
The last Passenger Train
to pull out of the Station
under the Old Signal

Saturday, July 25, 2015

SHC Volunteers at the 2015 Stockport Carnival

Three Stockport Heritage Centre volunteers  hand out SHC leaflets at the Stockport Carnival [2015]

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Stockport Army Cadets

If anyone was on this photograph in the 1950s, or can tell us anything about it please get in touch with the Heritage Trust

Sunday, July 05, 2015

Chadkirk Festival is Coming

The Chadkirk Festival for 2015 will be on Sunday 26th July from 12noon to 5pm.

There will be all the usual favourites and maybe some new ones.

Chadkirk is always a good day out for all the family.

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Marple Locks Festival

It is that time again !!
The Marple Locks Festival only comes around every two years and it was on Sun 5th July.

This year the sun and the event did us proud.

There were, large boats and small boats, one even pulled by a horse.

The Trust had the usual stall and Kevin Dranfield took a guided walk along the Marple Tramway.

There seemed to be many more stalls with lots to see and things for the children to have a go at.

Many thanks to all who helped to organise it again.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Dodge City Mayor visits the Heritage Centre 13 June 2015

Ex. Dodge City [Kansas, USA] Mayor Gerald Schmitt and his wife Dianna visited Stockport [and Manchester]over 12-15th June 2015. They were also guests of Lord Goddard of Stockport in London at the House of Lords on the 10th June 2015.
Gerald was heavily involved in the setting up of the 'Friendship Charter' between Stockport and Dodge City in 2002. Two Trust members, Stuart Peers and Phil Rowbotham,  had originally proved the link between the the original the Dodge family of Halliday Hill House in Offerton, i.e. Stockport, and Dodge City.
Members of the Stockport Dodge family emigrated to Kansas and they were involved in the setting up of Fort Dodge, Dodge City and the Dodge Motor Company.  William Dodge was the first Dodge to land in America, Grenville Mellon Dodge played a part in building the first USA transcontinental railway.

Hence it was a SHT initiate to 'twin' Stockport and Dodge City which is why the old SHT logo appears on these Friendship Charters, which are legal documents - they both have the official town seals on the Charters.  The same two members arranged the process, legal aspects, visit itineraries, and financed both visits, which was fully supported by Stockport Council.
The Mayors of Stockport and Dodge City as well as the above two members all signed the Stockport Heritage Trust 'Friendship Charter' in the Boot Hill saloon bar of Dodge City in 2002; Cllr. David Goddard [now Lord Goddard of Stockport], Stuart and Phil were all sword in by the Town Marshall as Deputy Marshals and they now all have powers of arrest. These Charters, on parchment, were all hand drawn by a local calligrapher Vivienne Lunniss, and ours is on display in the Stockport Town Hall in the Silver Corridor and also in City Hall, Dodge City.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Classic Vehicle Rally - 2015

In spite of the inclement weather on Sunday 24th May, a number of intrepid bikers and indomitable classic car owners, turned out to show off their amazing old vehicles.
 With Robinson's  pre-war Thornecroft lorry
making a beautiful centre piece to the display, the public came to admire the work and dedication that owners put into their vehicles.

Prizes were given for best car and bike in show and it is hoped that this can become an annual event.

Stockport Heritage Trust put on a display in the old dungeon with maps and models explaining the reasons why Stockport is built upon miles of water tunnels and children had the chance to experiment with building a brick arch.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Dungeon Open for Easter

Stockport's medieval dungeon was open for Easter with a display about hatting in Stockport as well as a chance to try on different period hats and Easter hat making for the children.


With a nice sunny day to bring out the shoppers and other Easter activities in and around the Market Place, there were plenty of visitors viewing Stockport's Medieval Dungeon and all seemed to enjoy the experience.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Heritage Magazine Spring 2015.

The Stockport Heritage Magazine for Spring 2015 is in the shops now, with stories about -

Reddish Vale ski slope
Cheadle archaeology
St. Mary's gravestones
Hollingdrake's Automobiles
All Saints Heaton Norris
Her passport to America
Revealing the Mersey in Stockport
Warehouseman and Clerk's School
and much, much more.

If you have trouble getting a copy, they can be obtained through the magazine website.

Sadness on the Market

Jerome Landau, who you probably know by sight, rather than by name, spent 60 years on Stockport Market.
Having started in 1946 straight out of the RAF, he married into a market family and from then on became part of the familiar market scene.
When he closed his own stall and moved to the hats and gloves, with his wife, he offered the Heritage Trust a chance to buy his 1940s model. This we did and named her Agnes. She now graces a small corner of the Centre but may be given a bigger starring roll when the church refurbishment is finished.

Jerome sadly died on Thursday 19th March, following a bad fall, some weeks back.
His cheery face will be sadly missed.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Guernsey Evacuees in Stockport

Saturday 16 May, 2pm, Stockport Story Museum, 30 Market Place, Stockport.

I am giving an illustrated talk about the arrival of 2,000 Guernsey evacuees in Stockport in June 1940 and how they made Stockport their home.
It is hoped that several evacuees from Guernsey will be in attendance on the day to answer your questions after the talk.
There will be a Guernsey evacuee display to view and a booklet of their memories will be on sale. Suitable for adults. Admission is £3 and booking is strongly advised. Refreshments provided. Call 0161 474 4444

Sunday, March 08, 2015


What did your Irish ancestors do in Stockport
during the First World War?

Who joined up? Who stayed at home? What did the women do?
These are the kinds of things that Diverse Narratives want to hear about for their project.

Were there any Canadians or Americans here?

I know some research has been done about the military hospitals in the town. Do you want to share your research towards the bigger picture of the First World War in Cheshire?

Posters and postcards will be in Stockport Libraries by the end of March for you to share your memories.

Contact Jessica van Horssen at with your stories.

Useful links.

Diverse narratives of WW1. Minority experiences in Cheshire.

GM 1914 The First World War in Manchester
(This includes some stories of Stockport)

Merseyside at War 1914-1918.
(Parts of Cheshire are on this website)

Post submitted by Jill Trumble

Monday, March 02, 2015

A Friend Dies

94 year old Arthur Lane passed away today after a short illness in Stepping Hill Hospital. 
 Arthur served in the Manchester Regiment and became a PoW when Singapore fell in February 1942.  
He is one of the last survivors of what was termed the 'Death Railway'.  
A great man a great father and a wonderful friend.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Plymouth Grove

Plymouth Grove was the home of Elizabeth Gaskell, the author of Cranford as well as many other 19th century books.

The house was built prior to the Gaskell family renting it but it has been restored and furnished in the style of their time and the paint and wallpaper was carefully researched from the layers of paint remaining on the door frames and fragments of paper hidden for years under painted woodchip.
 Our guided tour was done by Frank Galvin, who although now retired, was once the Stockport museum curator who worked on Staircase House and a friend to the Trust.

Most of the items in the house are there for you to touch and the tearoom in the basement added to a very pleasant trip out.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Word, Art and Creative Collaberation

Stockport Thru & Fru

Do you have a story to tell?
Have you ever said to yourself
“Someone should write about my life.”

Ever wanted to see your life in print?

We are looking for Stockport residents with unique, real life stories who want to share their experiences.

Supernatural – Dramatic – Unbelievable – Life or Death
All genres welcome.

The opportunity is open to all.

It doesn't matter who you are
 just as long as you are a Stockport resident
describing a real life event.

“But how, I'm not a writer?”

Stockport Thru & Fru is a creative project designed to showcase local people and their stories. A Stockport writer will meet with each participant. You tell the tale, the writer writes it.

To be considered for the project, please email with a brief description of your story and why it should be used. No more than 200 words please.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Jim Clare's wake - Arden Arms - 17th February 2015

Jim Clare's wake pics from The Arden Arms, 17th February 2015.
Jim's wife Margaret unveiled a large framed photograph of Jim, taken by Jim Birch.
His photo will be permanently on display in the Arden Arms, above the seat where Jim had sat on Tuesday and Fridays after the Stockport Heritage Centre in St. Mary's Church closed at 3.30.

Friday, January 09, 2015

Where Has Rock Row Gone!

Rock Row is a very old Stockport road. It is also of historic significance to the town as this was one of the sites, in 1852, where the famous 'Irish Riots' took place. When I say famous, they got a two full page spread in the London Illustrated News.

For those who do not know where this picture is taken from today you would be standing in front of the Plaza, looking up towards St. Peter's Square.

If you have looked for Rock Row lately you will find it has disappeared, to be replaced by Mersey Square signs. This error, the Heritage Trust are trying to rectify but it may take some time.

(Watch this space).

Thursday, January 01, 2015

The involvement of minorities during WW1 - a new project

A report by Stockport Heritage Trust committee member Robert Bridges, on a meeting held on 8th December 2014 at the University of Chester.

At the last committee meeting, I mentioned my intention to take up an invitation to attend a meeting at Chester University about capturing information relating to the involvement of minorities during WW1.  Jill Trumble expressed an interest, so the two of us attended.  The meeting was hosted by Dr. Jessica van Horssen from the Department of History & Archaeology.  A couple of other senior University figures were also in attendance.

Other groups and individuals from around Cheshire are involved with this project:

- Peace Strategy Group of East Cheshire Quakers
- Northwich and District Heritage Society
- Friends of Handforth Railway Station
- Cheshire Local History Association
- Burton and Neston Local History Society
- Macclesfield WW1 Centenary Committee
- Family History Society of Cheshire
- Big Heritage

The project kicked off early summer, and this was the second meeting.  A member from each group in attendance gave a brief verbal presentation as to any relevant activity that they/their group is involved with.  As an example, a guy from the Northwich group has produced three publications: WW1 memorials around Northwich, WW1 fallen of Northwich, and I can't remember the third!  Another group has been researching folk from Belgium that were over here at the time of the war.  A rep from the Quakers has done extensive research into conscientious objectors (C.O.'s), and has helped compile a list of all C.O.'s who were registered as such during the war.

Jill gave a summary of the status of her 'WW1 memorials in St. Mary's' project, which was well received.  I informed people of our very successful 'Stockport's WW1 Experience' event held in September, and also our willingness to liaise with any local minority group, or at least pass on relevant information to the project leadership.  I made a point of not raising expectations too high, as any input derived from us will be dependent on the availability and enthusiasm (for WW1 related matters) of our group members, many of whom are already very involved with their own projects. 

Two guys were representing a group called 'Big Heritage'.  They commented that many Heritage groups around the country were mainly comprised of white, middle aged/retired, middle-class people.  They thought this didn't encourage Joe Public (young people in particular) to get involved, or take an interest in what Heritage is about.  So in an attempt to redress this, they travel around creating 'Pop-Up' exhibitions (e.g. in shopping centres), and work with kids in an effort to bring history and local heritage into the community.  They have an interesting web-site at:
We were encouraged to initiate research into producing "diverse narratives of WW1".  This could be, for example, looking at the role of Stockport's Jewish community during WW1, or, I believe there were four people of Chinese descent living in Stockport at the time... did they have any out of the ordinary experiences or stories to tell?

By “minority,” we simply mean anyone who does not fit the traditional stories or narratives, whether this means via ethnic, national, religious, ideological, or a number of other differences.

A web-site has been created by the University to post contributions on, making them accessible to all:
Dr. Horssen mentioned that grants may be available via several routes, e.g. Heritage lottery fund, parish councillor funds etc.  The University is in the process of compiling an information pack on how best to apply for funding.
Now that Christmas and New Year are over with (for most of us), could you please consider getting involved with what I think is a project with lots of potential.  It also offers an opportunity for us to get involved with other like-minded people and groups, and swap notes on successful ways to promote our local heritage, etc.  It is planned to hold monthly workshops, the first of which will be held in January to discuss grant application writing.

We can discuss the project in more detail at our next committee meeting.

Best regards,

rob bridges

Useful links:
Imperial War Museum's website for searching War Memorials in the UK, which can be found here: 
Heritage Lottery Fund: