Stockport in 50 Buildings
Series: In 50 Buildings
- Phil Page
15th February 2023
The large town of Stockport is situated 7 miles from Manchester city centre and lies at the confluence of the Tame, Goyt and Mersey rivers. The first building of any identity to be officially documented in the town was its castle, a motte-and-bailey construction from around 1173. The site is still identifiable today, but Stockport’s architectural identity relates to more modern times. From the seventeenth century, Stockport became a centre for the hatting trade and later the silk industry. The town expanded rapidly during the Industrial Revolution, fuelled by the growth of cotton manufacturing, which became one of its major employers.
In Stockport in 50 Buildings local author Phil Page highlights some of the town’s significant architectural landmarks and notable structures from across the centuries. Through a fascinating and diverse selection of buildings he tells the story of Stockport’s development, its people and their way of life. During the nineteenth century, spinning, weaving, bleaching, printing and dyeing became the staple industries of Stockport and many of its surviving buildings reflect its industrial heritage.
The old mills, churches and market buildings still play an essential part in the life of the town today. The existing breweries, cinemas, libraries, art galleries and railway stations are a reflection of the needs of a growing Victorian and Edwardian society. The grand constructions of their engineers can still be seen, with St Mary’s Parish Church, the imposing Town Hall and the famous railway viaduct being among the most impressive examples of a great industrial age.
Illustrated throughout, this book takes the reader on an engaging journey visiting many of Stockport’s older buildings and those newer constructions that have come to represent the town today.