Stockport in Greater Manchester is a large town just 7 miles southeast of Manchester city centre. During the 16th century this small town on the south bank of the River Mersey was famous for its hemp and rope manufacturing.
During the 18th century the silk industry flourished here as did textiles during the 19th century. Once a large exporter of hats the hatting industry has all but ceased now. Although known as an old industrial town there have been settlements here as far back as the stone age.
Stockport today has a vibrant modern shopping centre in a mixture of old and new which sees quaint cobbled streets and some beautiful open spaces. With a 15th century Market Place in the covered Market Hall. a magnificent 1930's theatre in the The Plaza and some WWII tunnels there is plenty to do and see.
Stockport is home to Europe's largest brick structure, a railway viaduct spanning the town centre with 27 arches. Opened in 1842 it is a spectacular structure which illustrates the scale and grandeur of Victorian engineering.
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