Posts tagged: Stockport

V is for Vernon Park

Vernon Park Museum

Few things can be more pleasant on a summer’s day than a stroll around Vernon Park in Stockport, but I’m only guessing because we haven’t had too many pleasant summer days so far this year.

Vernon Park was built by Stockport Corporation and opened on 20th September 1858 on land donated by George John Warren (Lord Vernon). Read more ›››

Everything Must Go

When I wrote about the Morecambe and Wise drama yesterday, I should have mentioned that quite a lot of it was filmed in Stockport where I live. I recognised the art deco lamps and the steps that appeared quite early on during the wartime scenes, but it was later that the town played a bigger role.

The scene at the end when the duo were appearing at the Ardwick Hippodrome was filmed at the restored 1930s Plaza Theatre, as were the outside shots when Eric’s parents drove away from the front of the building. Read more ›››

V is for Victorian Viaducts

No matter how much progress we make in the modern world, it is impossible to escape our Victorian past when all around us are monuments to the golden age of engineering which is why this week I’m looking at Victorian viaducts. Above is a photo of the most recognisable landmark in Stockport — the Edgeley Viaduct. It was completed in 1840 to carry the main railway line from Manchester south into Cheshire as it still does today. Read more ›››

K is for Killings

Not entirely the gruesome subject you might expect. The subjects come from the area where I live and grew up and the first example shows that killings can be commercial as well as violent.

William Kenyon and Son was a company established in Dukinfield in 1866 to take advantage of the cotton driving rope which distributed power from a single steam engine across several floors of a cotton mill through a series of pulleys. Read more ›››

Last of Summer, Last Night of the Proms

It has been quite some time since I posted anything to my blog, but I have been incredibly busy at work for the past two or three weeks and have had neither the time nor the energy. I’ve also been struggling to get the archiving feature to work, so bear with me on that one.

The sun is shining here in Stockport, a typical English Indian Summer day. I’m not quite sure where that phrase comes from, but it is likely to be of American derivation. Whatever, it means summer hasn’t quite left us yet and we are planning what might be the last barbecue of the year.There are some excellent bbq recipe idea at the British Barbecue site, although me and the kids are more plain steak people. (Sorry about the Rule Britannia music on the site.) Read more ›››

Introductions

Sorry, I should have introduced myself. My name is Ian and I live in Stockport in north west England. Married with two kids and a mortgage.

My age? Well let’s just say that if I were to have a mid-life crisis, it would happen about now. Read more ›››