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...].

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Monthly Heritage Walks Around Stockport

A programme of guided walks around some of Stockport's Historic places will begin from St. Mary's Church in the Market Place on every second Saturday of the month at 11am, beginning on March 12th.
The walks should take around 2 hours, Wheelchair friendly and there will be no charge, but donations are always welcome.

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  Wind power was superseded at the mill in 1795 when a steam engine was installed.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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