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 http://diversenarratives.com/ 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.