Monday, April 28, 2008

Gabrielle Ray

Today was the unveiling of another of the town's blue plaques. This time put up by the Gabrielle Ray Appreciation Society.

She was the most photographed lady in Edwardian Britain, and a favourite of the troops in WW I
She was born at Bamford Grange in Adswood, now re-built as a nursing home.
Garielle's two great nieces were there to see the unveiling carried out by number one fan, Robert Waters.
Stockport Heritage Trust was proud to be able to assist Robert in getting his plaque to Gabrielle up.
Well done Gabby, you are the only woman in Stockport to have a blue plaque.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

St. George's Day Market

It might have been cold and windy, but it didn't stop Heritage Trust members waving the flags and getting noticed.

Any member wishing to spare an hour a week to give us a hand, ask for Jim at the Heritage Centre in St. Mary's Church on Market days.

St Mary's Churchyard

Roger Schoones and Kevin Dranfield admiring the daffodils in St Mary's secret graveyard.

What a wonderful job Nuala Kay's team have done clearing and planting. The next stage will be to see if the broken tree can be carved into a piece of art.

What's Happening in Hope's Carr ?

Hopes Carr is in limbo at the present time, but developers are still drawing up plans for the site. It is hoped that turning this into a residential area will bring people down into the town through the Market Place or Hillgates, thus aiding the regeneration of these most important and historic parts of the the town centre.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Spring Heritage Magazine Spring Issue

The Latest issue of the famous Stockport Heritage Magazine is out NOW !!

Full of interesting new stories, letters and pictures.

What has been found under the market?
The Invasion of Black Hill
Romiley Operatic
History of bleaching in Stockport
Old and New Chadkirk
Spies in our midst
Blind Jack's road
Woman wrestlers

Get your copy from the Heritage Centre, or newsagents around the borough. £2.40
This, as well as back copies, can be obtained from the editor at - (see links opposite)

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Stockport From Above

A free exhibition of aerial photographs of Stockport has been opened at 9, Great Portwood Street opposite the Peel Centre.

It is to accompany the sale of a book of aerial photographs past & present. Capturing not only the present changes being made to Stockport's landscape, but also comparing them to changes made since 1926.

For More information
click here.

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Latest Trust Publications

The latest Trust publications to hit the shelves in the Heritage Centre are -

Heritage Book 1 - how did Stockport prepare for the German invasion?

Heritage Book 2 - the story and amazing facts about the country's biggest brick structure, Stockport Viaduct.

These both sell at the Heritage Centre in St. Mary Church, for £2 each.

This is a copy of the souvenir booklet produced in 1908 for the opening of Stockport Town Hall by Their Royal Highnesses The Prince and Princess of Wales.

It contains information and photographs connected with the process of building a Town Hall, from conception, to its royal opening.

The book has been reproduced (except for the advertising), for the Centenary celebration to be held in July this year and sells for £3