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1. History of Stockport
In the 16th century, Stockport was widely known for its cultivation of hemp and rope manufacturing industry. In the 18th century, following industrial progression, Stockport started producing silk, and had the first water powered textile mill in the North West of England. The silk weaving industry expanded and around two thousand people in the area were employed. Going into the...Read more
2. Now in Stockport
Stockport offers both traditional cobbled streets, and modern shopping areas. The town doesn’t lose sight of its Industrial revolution roots, but still offers all of the current shopping and dining options that you would want.
3. Events in Stockport
Stockport offers a wide range of events all year round, including the Stockport Sandwich Competition, Cheadle Festival and the Stockport Carnival, which always promises to be a great day out for the whole family.
4. Attractions in Stockport
The Hat Works is the only museum in the UK that is dedicated to the history of hats and headwear. The museum is in Wellington Mill, which was a thriving hat factory back in Victorian times. The Hat Works will take you from the industries humble beginnings to the mass production and export that became a major industry in Stockport in the 19th century. At the museum you can see w...Read more
5. Things To Do in Stockport
Stockport lies on the edge of the Cheshire Plain and the Peak District, so it is the perfect base for exploring the North West of England. There are 12 local nature reserves in Stockport, including Mersey Vale Nature Park, Abney Hall Park and Wright’s Wood.
6. Business in Stockport
Stockport was a major player in the Industrial Revolution, which depended on thriving cotton and hat making industries. Since then, Stockport has developed heritage attractions that celebrate its history. The area has a great range of independent and well known national businesses.
7. Transport in Stockport
Stockport’s location in the North West of England on the River Mersey makes it easily accessed from Birmingham, Liverpool and Manchester.
8. Entertainment in Stockport
Stockport has a great range of bars and restaurants that are sure to keep you entertained. If you wish to go further afield, then there are easy transport links to the bustling cities of Liverpool and Manchester.
9. Famous Landmarks in Stockport
The Stockport Viaduct was built in 1840, and was featured in the background of many of the works by the famous painter, L.S. Lowry. Stockport’s Town Hall boasts the largest Wurlitzer theatre organ in Britain, and the building was designed by Sir Alfred Brumwell Thomas. The oldest place of worship in Stockport is the Grade I listed St Mary’s Church on the Market Place. It da...Read more
10. Interesting Facts about Stockport
Several famous people are from Stockport, including Shaun Ryder the singer from the Happy Mondays, antiques expert David Dickinson and former World No.1 tennis player and Wimbledon champion Fred Perry.
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The annual Stockport Sandwich Competition runs alongside British Sandwich Week in May every year, and encourages locals to create a new sandwich from locally sourced ingredients. Sandwich outlets in the area are invited to compete and the best sandwich will be judged at ...more
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The Barnaby Festival was born out of the traditional Barnaby Fair, which was taking place in Macclesfield as far back as the 13th century. The modern Barnaby Festival was resurrected in 2010 as an arts festival to celebrate talent in the town. The festival takes place ...more
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Treacle Market is an open-air market held on the cobbles of the old market place and Chestergate, in the town centre. The market takes place on the last Sunday of every month and has stalls selling everything from arts, antiques and crafts to food and drink. The Treac ...more
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