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    Lyme Hall

    by Ines28 Written Sep 8, 2004

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    Lyme Hall

    Lyme Hall is situated high on the western edge of the Pennines (as featured in BBC TV's dramatisation of 'Pride and Prejudice'). It is a stately mix of the Elizabethan period, with 18th and 19th century adaptations by Leoni and Wyatt. In addition to 1,400 acres of Park and Moorland, the beautiful 17 acre Victorian garden contains spectacular formal bedding and a sunken Dutch Garden.
    This is a must see if you have watched and liked "Pride and Prejudice", but also if not it is definitely worth a visit.
    Entrance fee is GBP 5,80 for adults, it covers both the gardens and the house.
    The house and gardens are open from 1 to 5 pm, the surrounding parks from 8 am until 8.30 pm. Check for other admission hours during winter times.

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    Lyme Hall Orangery

    by Ines28 Written Sep 12, 2004

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    On the right the Orangery

    The Orangery contains some of the plants from the time of the first Lord Newton and his intitials can be seen on the floor.
    The fountain and much of the planting is modern but a 90 year old fig grows on the back wall and another wall has two Camellias which are thought to be about 175 years old and which are both of rare and so far unidentified species.

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    Bramall Hall

    by Ines28 Written Sep 12, 2004

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    Bramall Hall

    Bramall Hall is a superb example of a "Cheshire Black and White" timber framed manor house with origins dating back to Medieval England. It presents the visitor with a marvellous historic record spanning six centuries. The house itself consists of beautiful Tudor rooms withs carpets of the 16th century, wall paintings, spectacular plaster ceilings as well as furniture and paintings from different periods.
    It is set in 70 acres of beautiful parkland with two lakes, woodland walks and gardens.

    Admission fee: GBP 3,50 for adults
    Opening times:
    April - Sept.: Mon. - Sat. 1.00 - 5.00
    Sunday 11.00 - 5.00
    Oct.-Jan. 1st: Tue.-Sat: 1.00 - 4.00
    Sunday 11.00 - 4.00
    Jan. 2nd - March: Sat. & Sun. only 12.00-4.00

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    Lyme Cage

    by Ines28 Written Sep 12, 2004

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    The Cage

    Lyme Cage was built as a hunting lodge and after years of disuse has been recently restored.
    You get there by climbing the small hill in front of the house. The short walk to the Cage is pleasant and offers very nice views of the Cheshire plains.

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    St. Mary's Parish Church

    by Ines28 Written Sep 12, 2004

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    St. Mary's

    Dominating the market place, this church has sections dating from the 14th century, and in fact the names of rectors appear in local documents from the late 12th century onwards. It is likely that the site has been occupied by a place of worship from Norman times.
    The present church's structure initially comprised a nave, tower, aisles and two chancels which were in the Decorated style of Gothic architecture.

    The burial ground contains interesting grave stones, some with beautiful inscriptions.

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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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    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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    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 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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    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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    Bramall Hall

    by Evenith666 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Originally held as two seperate manors, Bramall is one of the finest Black and White timber-framed buildings. A Manor House built in the local style, the framework is constructed with Oak timbers, joined with mortice and tenon joints and held together with Oak pegs. Either wattle and daub, or lath and plaster were used to fill in the spaces between the timbers.

    Around the year 1070, William the Conquerer gave both parts of the Manor to Hamon de Masci, the first Baron of Dunham Massey. Throughout the next 800 years, just three families would own the estate: the Davenports; De Bromales and Nevills.

    Today, the hall is a momento to the history of these families, particularly the Davenports, who built the current house in late 14th Century.

    The House and Grounds have been used for various functions, including the proclamation of George VI succeeding his brother King Edward VIII.

    At the begining of their visit, visitors are shown a short, 15 minute film telling them the history of the hall, and can have either a guided tour or just wander the hall on their own.

    Entry is:
    Adults: £4.05* (inc. audio guide)
    ages 5-16/consessions: £3.05*
    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.

    * the prices given on the Bramall Hall website, of £3.95 and £2.95 are incorrect.

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    Market Hall

    by Ines28 Written Sep 19, 2004

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    Market Hal

    By the middle of the 19th century, the present iron and steel market hall was erected, and has been a place of trade ever since, people travelling in from many miles around. The Building has been recently renovated and restored at a cost of £500,000.
    Market days are Friday, Saturday
    and a smaller market on a Tuesday.

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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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    The Viaduct

    by prisoner Written Feb 22, 2004

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    Chestergate with viaduct in the background

    Was only 2 tracks wide at first, but widened to 4 tracks at a later date. Stand under one of the 26 arches and look up to see the different ages of the bricks. This is the Largest brick viaduct. There are bigger ones, but they are not brick.

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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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