Friday, December 02, 2011

Stockport's Christmas Market - 2011

The weather was good and the festive cheer plentiful, aided by the team from the Tourist Information Centre and free mulled wine.

The Trust was out in force, with our own Town Cryer, Jim Clare, 'Splat-the -Rat' and 'Roll-a-Penny' games. As well as Mr. Pickwick's Emporium but the star of the show was little Natalie who got the winning score by rolling pennies from her push chair.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Heritage Magazine Winter 2011/2012

The Stockport Heritage magazine for winter 2011/2012 is going in the shops this week, by Friday it will be in most Co-operative stores, Martin's and small newsagents. If it is not in yours, ask them to get it for you.

This issue has articles on :-
Stockport Viaduct
Cherry Tree Hospital
Woodbank Remembered
Captain's Bridge
Manchester & Stockport Canal Society
Hillgate Mills
Maia Boy's Choir
The Origins of Hazel Grove
The Wesley Pulpit
Admiral Sir George Back
Vernon Mill
Cheadle's Cinema

With much more, including letters and updates from around the Borough.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Flog It !!

came to Stockport Town Hall on Friday 11th November. Stockport Heritage Magazine were invited to meet Paul Martin and his team of experts. Our intrepid reporter went along to capture the scene.


Saturday, October 22, 2011

Campaign for Church Crossing

Stockport Heritage Trust has been trying to highlight the need for a crossing in the Market Place for over two years.

In desperation we made our own crossing sign, and a Stockport Express photographer was there to record the event.

Does someone need to be hurt before they will do something?

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Stockport Remembered

'Stockport Remembers' was the first time Woodbank Park has been used to remember the 'Fallen' of Stockport, for a very long time.

The park was given to the people of Stockport following the First World War and has been sadly neglected in recent years but with the remaining memorial gate having been given a face lift and a new tree sculpture to commemorate animals that served in conflicts, it was the perfect time to remember.

A little rain dampened the afternoon but otherwise it was a good day out.

Monday, September 05, 2011

Stockport Festival

Saturday 3rd Sep. was the first ever Stockport Festival. The weather was kind and people came out to see what was on offer. There was fun for all the family and the town's varying retail areas took part.

The Trust had a stall and provided a 'Roll A Penny' game, which the mayor seemed to enjoy.

Let's hope this is only one of many.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Heritage Open Days at the Trust

Heritage open day are nearly upon us. This year's free talk at St. Peter's Church, will be Stockport Castle by Kevin Dranfield. It is free and there is an accompanying book for only £2 if you wish to know more.

Come on Thursday 8th Sep. at 2pm and hear about the history of Stockport Castle from pre-historic times to the present day.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Demolition-St. George's Rectory

St. George's wish to demolish the old rectory. The Trust is official against this as it is a grade II listed building and was listed as part of a site with three buildings including the church and school.

Planning Application to demolish a Listed Building

The planning application consultation period for the demolition of St. George’s former Vicarage, Heaviley a Grade II listed building, will end on 15th August. The application number 047344 and accompanying documents/surveys etc can be viewed at:

Comments for or against can be left.

Comments can also be sent to the case officer Mark Jordan at:

Mark Jordan, Planning Services, Stockport MBC, Place Directorate, Stopford House, Piccadilly, Stockport SK1 3XE

The Vicarage has been subject to fire and vandalism and the interior is severely damaged, but the ACIES Structural Condition Report in the Heritage Report Document states that ‘Although there is extensive fire damage to timber elements, the masonry in the building seems to be unaffected.’ Stockport has some good examples of sympathetic re-use of heritage buildings, and it would be sad to see this precedent replaced by approval of the demolition of a listed building.

Sunday, August 07, 2011

Supermarket for Marple

Cheadle & Marple 6th Form College are planning to sell off thier Hibbert Lane Campus to one of the large supermarket chains.

There is a campaign to stop this happening.

If you wish to be a part of this, you can sign an on line petition by going to this web address -

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Alan Burgess

It is with great sadness that we have to announce the death of our great friend and colleague Alan Burgess.

Alan was one of the Trust's first volunteers to come down to the Heritage Centre and stay.

He found secondhand furniture to fit out the rooms and put on displays around the walls. He often volunteered to sit in the stocks and have wet sponges thrown at him, and would dress in costume and walk around the market are handing out fliers.

Alan was a big asset to the Trust and will be missed.

Chadkirk Festival 2011

What a weekend !! Who could have guessed after six weeks of bad and mixed weather, we could be so lucky as to get two glorious days for the Chadkirk Festival.

There was more than ever for families to see and do, with street entertainers, basket weaving, exotic dancers, worm charming as well as all the usual stalls and bands.

The Trust was there as usual in all it's glory. We had two stalls, a bran tub and Norman the Knight, who the mayor could not resist shooting an arrow at.

The costumes were varied too, with Georgian, Medieval, Victorian, Puritan and of course the Town Crier.

Thanks to the Friends of Chadkirk and Stockport Council for running this popular event.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Summer 2011 Heritage Magazine out now !!

The summer Heritage Magazine is in the shops now.

With stories about -
Dan Bank
Sport in Stockport
Oakwood Hall
Red phone boxes
The Unicorn Brewery
The Arden's of Bredbury
Peak Forest Canal
Kinder Scout
Plaza Cinema
Book reviews and numerous letters.

If your newsagent does not stock it ask him to give us a ring.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Inns & Outs of Stockport Taverns

There is a new book out by Coral Dranfield.

This book is not an index of Stockport Pubs, Coral has selected tales and anecdotes, histories and legends to construct a book that gives a social history woven around the old taverns and inns of Stockport, many of which are no longer there.

It is selling at £6 from Stockport Heritage Centre, St. Mary's Church, the Tourist Information Centre, Staircase House and Waterstones in Merseyway.

Sunday, July 03, 2011

A perfect day, for a perfect day out. Marple Locks Festival picked the best of days for what was the best festival yet.

People flocked to Memorial Park Marple, to see the animals, boats and stalls. There were walks along the canal as well as rides on canal boats. Plenty of stalls provided entertainment, fun and food. Stockport Heritage were out in force and by early afternoon had sold out of 2011 calendars. It looks as if they are going to be in demand this year.

You can get yours from the heritage centre St. Mary's Church, Market Place and they will also be on the heritage stall at Chadkirk on 30th & 31st July.

Thank you to the organisers for a well run event.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Cheadle Walk

In spite of a little rain towards the end, the Cheadle Walk went swimmingly.

Heather Clark, who sadly passed away a few months ago, was to take us around her Cheadle Walk, using the book she produced for the Heritage Trust.

We decided to do the walk in her honour, using her very popular book.

Twelve people turned out, for what proved to be an enjoyable evening.

Thank you Heather.

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

First Heritage Walk + Dungeon

A new programme of walks has been put together for 2011.

Next walk Saturday 9th July will be around the 'Old Town', hear about the red light district of Stockport, the history of Castle Yard and look inside the towns dungeon.

The Old Town Walk
by Jim Clare on May 14th - June 18th – July 9th – Aug. 13th – Oct. 8th, takes around 2 hours.

They are all on Saturdays and a charge of £5 is made, £2.50 for Trust Members.

All start at 12 noon, from the Tourist Information Centre, where you can book your place. (Suitable for wheelchairs). The Trust can also do individual walks for groups of 10 or more at a reduced rate. See website for details.

Monday, June 06, 2011

Graveyard Clean Up

Nine willing volunteers turned out last Saturday, to clear weeds and nettles from the 'Secret Graveyard' at St. Mary's church in the Market Place.

The main reason for the workday was to enable the graves to be read, prior to a Gaveyard Walk on Sat 11th June, by Jill Trumble.

It takes approx. one and a half hours and costs £5 per person, half price for members of the Trust. Places need to be booked with the Tourist Information Centre, where it will start. 01614744444

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

What's On - Heritage in Stockport

With the demise of the popular 'What's On' guide to Stockport, Stockport Heritage Trust have started a Facebook page for local heritage groups to advertise their events - FREE.

It is an open group so as long as it is heritage related, perhaps a guided walk, talk, or themed event in the Stockport area, please feel free to advertise the details and let everyone know....

Group name

'What's On - Heritage in Stockport'

Sunday, April 24, 2011

St. George's Day Market

What beautiful day for a Market. The sun shone and the flags flew and red roses were sold to raise money for the 'Well Spring'.

Stockport Heritage Trust had more books than ever on their stall and Norman our Knight kept watch on the whole proceedings.