Tuesday, November 27, 2007

The Mayor's Charity Blue Plaque Walk

On Sunday last the Mayor and Mayoress led a group of willing participants around the town's two and a half mile, Blue Plaque trail, in order to raise money for her charity.

At the same time a virtual Blue Plaque walk was being offered to those of a less energetic persuasion, in the community room of Staircase House.

All were later refreshed with mulled wine and mince pies.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Winter Heritage Magazine out Now

The winter 07/08 Heritage Magazine is now in the shops.

With a re-enactment of the shooting of Constable Birch on the front cover, and the Old Rectory behind, it is full of histories, stories and memories from Stockport people.
There are articles on-
  • Cheadle's Vanishing Halls
  • The Edgeley Riots
  • Journalism in Stockport
  • Holidays in Middlewood
  • Stockport's firefighters
  • Marple Council Sparks.
  • The Winter of 1948 and much, much more.
Don't forget to buy your copy.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Bill's Memorial

Today in Woodbank Park, a tree was planted to the memory of our dear friend and colleague Bill Hoad.

The Trust was represented by Jim Clare, Iain McIean and Kevin Dranfield.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Logging St. Mary's Graves

A group of Trust volunteers have been working for some time on the huge task of recording and logging all the graves at St. Mary's in the Market Place in Stockport.
Led by Phil Rowbotham and Nuala Kay the volunteers have reached the small, secluded graveyard, next to the car park, at one time entered by a grand arch, and have had to remove, soil and foliage from the top of the graves before they could uncover the inscriptions.

It is hope that a booklet will be produced by the team, containing details, photographs and locations of the most interesting graves.

If a grant becomes available to help this project it is hoped that the Queen Anne graveyard can be supplied with seats and spring flowers, allowing access to the public all the year around.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

What is Happening at Brabyns Park

The pathway through Brabyn's Park is closed while the old Iron Bridge is repaired. This is expected to be finished by February next year. In the meantime the Bailey Bridge has been taken off and the conservation work is under wraps.

Not far from the Iron Bridge, an even older one, 'Scroll Bridge' is also being put back together. With carved scrolls on each corner this bridge should be a sight to enhance the landscape of this beautiful park.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

New Heritage Trust Website

Thanks to a successful grant application to the Stockport Fund, we have now got some new computer equipment, with the surprising advantage of a free website from microsoft office. This is now under construction, and awaiting hoards of visitors!


Please have a look, and check back for new pages when you can.

Friday, November 02, 2007

Trust Outings

The latest Trust outing was a trip to Ordsall Hall in Salford, where eight members enjoyed a fascinating tour of the Elizabethan manor.

The Hall, reputed to be one of the most haunted houses in Britain, is an exceptional survivor considering its location.

Special arrangements were made to see parts of the house not yet restored, and the bows and arrows made on the premises were put at our disposal.

The results were 2- 0 to the women.

The next Trust outing will be to Eccles Old Church, Wed. 30th Jan 2008 for more information contact Kevin at 01614274006