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    A Marvelous Market

    by Myfanwe Written Apr 18, 2010

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    Stockport Market is a fine glass covered building which forms the centrepiece of the town. It was granted the Market Charter in 1260 by Prince Edward, Earl of Chester. The Hen Market (Cheese hall) opened in 1852. The Glass covered market hall opened in 1862.

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    Bramall Hall

    by Balam Written Apr 6, 2010
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    Before the Norman Conquest in 1066 the area where Bramall hall is was held as two separate manors that were owned by two Saxon freemen Brun and Hacun.
    When William the Conqueror subdued the North of England around 1070 he gave both parts of the Bramall land to one of his followers, a Hamon de Masci who became the first Baron of Dunham Massey.
    Over the following 800 years just three families would own the estate. The Davenports, De Bromales and the Nevills.

    The Hall stands in 70 acres of parkland which are nice to walk around.

    1 April - 31 October Sun, Tues, Weds & Thurs (closed Monday): 1pm - 5pm
    Friday and Saturday: 1pm - 4pm
    Bank Holidays: 11am - 5pm

    1 Nov - 31 March
    Saturday & Sunday: 1pm - 4pm
    Bank Holidays: 11am - 4pm

    last entry 1 hour before closing
    Shop location - Within the Hall - ground floor (free entry to shop)

    Adults £4.05

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    Staircase House

    by Balam Updated Apr 6, 2010

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    Staircase house (So called because of the excellent jacobean staircase it contains) was built around 1460, and although very little is known about the early history of the house it is thought that it was the home of William Dodge Who was the mayor of Stockport in 1483.

    Some definate residents include the Shallcross family who owned the house from 1605 - 1730 and it was they who installed the cage newel staircase in 1618 from which the house is now named. This Jacobean staircase is one of only 3 surviving examples in britain and had to be substantialy rebuilt and reconstructed after a devastating fire in 1995.

    As well as the Staircase the house boasts a very intriguing array of rooms and corridors which have been carefully restored using some great period furniture and decoration with some carefull research into waht colours various rooms were at certain times through the ages.
    creatimg a facinating journey through time from 1460 to the Second World War.

    The house even boasts a ghost of one Robert Owten once a Butler to the Shallcross family.

    Entrance is £3.95 which includes an Excellent Audio tour
    under 16s and Concessions £2.95
    Children under 5 free

    You can buy a combined entry ticket for Staircase House, Air Raid Shelters and Bramhall Hall for £10
    Under 16s and Concessions £5
    Group Ticket (any 4 people) £25

    Closed on mondays
    Tuesday to friday 13:00 to 17:00
    Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
    Sunday 11:00 - 17:00
    Bank holidays 11:00 - 17:00
    Closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day

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    Air Raid Shelters

    by Evenith666 Written Apr 6, 2010

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    The Stockport Air Raid Shelters were one of very few tunnel-system shelters built for Civillians, and would often accomodate over 7,000 pople nightly. In the Manchester Blitz of December 1940, many Mancunians came down on the tram to use the Shelters. The network of tunnels is around 1.5km long, but only a small amount are open to the public, including toilets and infirmaries.

    Before entering the tunnels, visitors are shown a small film informing them about Stockport life during the Blitz.

    Family Tours are available at 2pm on Saturdays and Sundays.
    Self-guided tours are available from 1pm to 4pm on Weekdays, from 10am untill 4pm on Saturdays and 11am untill 4pm on Sundays. The Shelters are closed on Mondays.

    Entry is:
    Adults: £3.95 (inc. audio guide)
    ages 5-16/consessions: £2.95
    Under 5's: free
    Leisure Key: free

    Combined Entry Ticket:
    Visitors can purchase a Combined Entry Ticket for the Staircase House, Air Raid Shelters and Bramall Hall for £10 for adults and £5 for consessions and under 16's. A Group Ticket for any four people costs £25. This Combined Entry Ticket is not limited to time, i.e. you do not have to visit all three sites in a day for example.

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    The Stockport Story

    by Evenith666 Written Apr 6, 2010

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    The Stockport Story Museum, located alongside the Staircase House and Tourist Information Centre. It tells the story of Stockport from pre-historic times and the first known settlers of the area, up untill the present day. The museum has lots of things for children, including dressing up.

    The museum is closed on mondays, and is open 10am to 5pm Tuesday to Friday, 11am untill 5pm on Sundays and Bank Holidays. It is open from 11am untill 4pm on Christmas Eve, and from the 27th untill 31st December. It is closed on Christmas Eve, Boxing Day and New Years Day.

    Entry is free.

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    Tourist Information

    by Evenith666 Written Apr 6, 2010

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    Stockport Tourist Information is located with the Staircase House and Stockport Story museum. There are lots of leaflets for attractions in Stockport and the surrounding area. These are split into 'Children', 'Outdoors' and 'Days Out'. There is also a small gift shop with 'Stockport' items such as pens and pencils etc.

    They also have information on local accomidation.

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    The Staircase House

    by Evenith666 Written Apr 6, 2010

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    The Staircase House is a late medieval Merchant's town house, parts of which date back to 1460. The prime feature of the building is the staircase from where it gets its name, which is a 17th century cage newel design. Other points of interest are a medieval cruck framed hall, and examples of 17th and 18th century oak panelling. The building suffered Fire Damage in 1995 and remained vacant untill its restoration in 2004. Staircase house is a Grade II listed building.

    Many of the rooms in the house are set out as they would have appeared at different periods in the houses history, with information given both on boards in each room and via the audio guide.

    The Staircase house is next door to the Stockport Story museum.

    Entry is:
    Adults: £3.95 (inc. audio guide)
    ages 5-16/consessions: £2.95
    Under 5's: free
    Leisure Key: free

    The Staircase opens at 1pm Monday to Friday, 10am on Saturdays, 11am on Sundays and Bank Holidays, and closes at 5pm every day. The Staircase house is open 11am untill 4pm on Christmas Eve, and from 27th to the 31st December. It is closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day.

    The Gifthouse is open Monday to Sunday, 10am untill 5pm. The Cafe is open Monday to Saturday 9:30am untill 5pm, and Sundays 10am untill 5pm.

    Combined Entry Ticket:
    Visitors can purchase a Combined Entry Ticket for the Staircase House, Air Raid Shelters and Bramall Hall for £10 for adults and £5 for consessions and under 16's. A Group Ticket for any four people costs £25. This Combined Entry Ticket is not limited to time, i.e. you do not have to visit all three sites in a day for example.

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    Lyme Park

    by Balam Written Apr 3, 2010

    Lyme Park is a great house and country Park on the outskirts of Stockport on the way to Buxton. We called here after the Christmas Markets meet on the way to Buxton.
    It is under the care of the National Trust.

    It was free to walk around but it cost £5 to park your car
    The house was closed for the winter when we called but we had a walk around the Gardens of the house while dodging the rain. The Park is extensive and offers some nice walks.

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    Underbank Hall

    by Balam Written Sep 8, 2009

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    Underbank Hall was built in the late 15th Century and was formaly the town house of the Bredbury Family untill 1823, It then became offices of for the banking firm of Christy Lloyd & Co now and is now a Nat West Bank.

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    Air Raid Shelters

    by Balam Updated Sep 8, 2009

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    Stockports Air Raid shelters were built into the Rock on which most of Stockport stands. These tunnels stretch for more than 2 miles and were begun in 1938, the first stage finnished in 1939 just a month after the outbreak of World War II

    Entrance is £3.95
    under 16s and Concessions £2.95
    Children under 5 free

    You can buy a combined entry ticket for Staircase House, Air Raid Shelters and Bramhall Hall for £10
    Under 16s and Concessions £5
    Group Ticket (any 4 people) £25

    Closed on mondays
    Tuesday to friday 13:00 to 17:00
    Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
    Sunday 11:00 - 17:00
    Bank holidays 11:00 - 17:00
    Closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day

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    Stockport Story Museum

    by Balam Written Sep 8, 2009

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    This excellent museum is situated at the side of Staircase House and has a great exhabition of various things from Stockport throughout the ages from Palaeolithic to the Present day.

    Admission is free

    Open everyday from 10:00 to 17:00

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    Non-Surgical Solution to your Chips and Beer prob!

    by JamalMorelli Updated Jan 12, 2007

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    (for travelers to the area who are battling that most serious of threats: obesity)

    "You are revoltingly obese!"

    Hold on, honest person! It's just that kind of talk that drives a man or woman to binge eating and drinking... This is the contention of the helpful folks over at the Well Being Centre.

    FACT: Over half the men in Stockport are overweight (as are 40 percent of the women)[1] - but rather than use gastric bands and stomach staple that drunk cow who is making a nest of her chips to pass out in, the Well Being Centre will focus on lifestyle and psychological reasons for becoming overweight.

    So, go on, waddle on over from the Dog and Patridge to

    Well Being Centre
    Graylaw House
    Chestergate
    Stockport
    Cheshire
    SK1 1LZ

    [1] Stockport Times - article 'Nip Obesity in the Bud' - Jam notes: And over 50 percent of Stockport is greenspace. Is there a connection between statistics and stupidity?

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    Chadkirk Chapel

    by JamalMorelli Written Sep 29, 2006

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    Chadkirk Chapel from the Forest
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    Although the chapel closed, the gardens and land surrounding it made the trip a relaxing and peaceful one (my weird friend was disappointed that it was closed - it may be that it is only open weekends between 1 - 5...)

    The trip became more interesting with reading the gravestones that act as the pavement around the sides of the chapel. Meaningful epitaphs and haunting documents of days where many children never lived past 5 years old.

    If you have been burning a candle at both ends or sick of traffic on Buxton/London/etc trip out here and recharge...

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    Hat Works - Getting Headwear in Stockport

    by JamalMorelli Updated Sep 28, 2006

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    The Central Asian Felt Yurt - The Hat Works
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    As usual in Stockport, you don't only learn of the glamorous side of millinery, you will learn of a dark and "revolting" side of the industry's history. Informative and a Manchester tourism award winner, Hat Works has to be part of your visit to Stockport. Hang out for a bit in the Yurt for inspiration.

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    Air Raid Shelters

    by JamalMorelli Written Sep 28, 2006

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    A Glimpse of a Pain You Probably Never Knew
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    You are initially asked to step into 1940 where Chamberlain has unfortunately made the fateful decision to appease Hitler, who isn't appeased and continues his war efforts onto England. England is under siege and you continue deeper underground to the Air Raid Shelters where you will meet up with talented storyteller and actor Roger "The Warden" The combination of the dreary and terrifying situation that Stockporters had been placed in and Roger's limitless energy makes this a must for travellers through Stockport and indeed Greater Manchester. I will totally catch up with these cats again - informative, beautiful in a creepy way, and humbling. Look at life through a war child's eyes...

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