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10 Interesting facts about Stockport

Ian Watson Jul 29, 2016, 10:41 AM

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You may say that life in Stockport is not the most glamorous or exciting but you may be surprised at the depth of history and excitement that Stockport has seen over the years. Here are 10 interesting facts about Stockport.

Stockport sent hats around the world

“If you want to get ahead, get a head” is a famous saying, and although it was primarily used to promote the sale of hats, it is something that has stuck with many people over the years. Stockport was famous for hat production and Stockport exported over 6 million hats around the world, meaning that there was a little bit of Stockport in so many cities and countries.

Learn all about Stockport with the many museums

For any modern town or city to flourish, it is vital that they connect with and develop from the past. Stockport has a number of great museums to enjoy and the “Hat Works” museum is one of the most informative and exciting museums in the area.

The viaduct is stylish and functional

While the main purpose of the Stockport Viaduct was to create a railway link, allowing connections from Manchester to Birmingham and London, the structure is instantly recognisable and is a huge part of the character and style of the area.

Lowry captures Stockport perfectly

The work of L.S. Lowry is revered for presenting the Greater Manchester area to the world and Stockport was a regular feature in the artist’s work. This means that many people would be able to identify some of the more famous locations in Stockport without having ever visited the area. Alan Lowndes is another artist that has drawn and drawn on Stockport for influence over the years.

The Plaza is known across the world

The Plaza in Stockport dates back to 1932 and it is recognised internationally as being the last building of this nature which is still in its original format.

Port hails from Stockport

No, not the drink, but the famous play Port was written by Simon Stephens a writer from Stockport. The play has made it to the National Theatre in the English capital and it has received great critical acclaim.

Stockport is fit and active

If you are looking to stay fit and active in Stockport, the number of athletics clubs you can join and enjoy in the area is considerable. With clubs like the Manchester Harriers & AC, Stockport Harriers & AC and the DASH Athletics Club, there are plenty of opportunities

There are many famous landmarks

When it comes to telling the story of a town and its people, landmarks offer a tremendous insight into what is important. Stockport offers The War Memorial, the town hall, Vernon Park and St Elisabeth’s Church as links between the past and the present day.

Stockport has brought fantastic music to the world

Strawberry Studios operated in Stockport from 1968 to 1993 and while it was owned and used by 10cc, a range of massive artists recorded at the studio. Joy Division and The Stone Roses are not just two of the best Manchester and UK acts of all time, they both recorded in Manchester. Paul McCartney has also recorded tracks in the studio.

Stockport is close to one of the busiest international hubs

Located less than 5 miles from Manchester Airport means that Stockport is close to one of the busiest hubs in Europe, if not the world. Manchester Airport is the busiest UK airport outside of London, making Stockport a convenient place for jetsetters and world travellers.

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