Antiques Bus Trip: Day Five, Stockport

The fifth instalment of our bus trip through from Glossop to Ramsbottom

East of the M60’s series of seven posts for Catch The Bus Week 2016

Indoor market #Stockport
Day Five, Stockport: the Victorian splendour that is the glass and ironwork of Stockport’s indoor market hall. Image by Peter Black, 2013. (Creative Commons License – Some Rights Reserved).

After a joyous trip to Houldsworth Mill, our next journey is a doddle. As for buses, just the one, yet two services to choose from.

Reddish to Stockport

  • 7/203: Reddish [Houldsworth Square] – Stockport [Mersey Square] (Stagecoach Manchester).

 

The journey time, a more svelte 20 to 30 minutes.

Secondhand Stockport

 

Stockport is a town of two halves. The town’s chain stores are concentrated around Merseyway Shopping Centre, and the Portwood Retail Park to the north east. The oldest – and most distinctive part of the town – is around St. Petersgate, Lower Hillgate, and the Market Place. This is where most of the town’s independently-owned shops are situated. There is also a fair number of secondhand shops and charity shops, particularly along Lower Hillgate.

Stockport Stuff and Nonsense, Mealhouse Brew

This single floor shop, on the side street from Lower Hillgate to the Market Place, has a fair amount of bric-a-brac. On entry, it is a real Aladdin’s Cave with furniture and knick knacks filling every corner.

Cheshire Used Furniture, Market Place

Directly opposite Stockport’s market hall (and next to its separate Food Hall) is Cheshire Used Furniture. There is a wealth of used settees, drawers, and chairs. Also pictures and mirrors. They are owned by the same people as Cheshire Vintage Furniture, situated in nearby Hale.

Room at the Top, Market Place

Next door to Cheshire Used Furniture is Room at the Top. This is situated on the mezzanine floor of Stockport Market’s Food Hall. If you’re looking for secondhand books and records, this is the place. For 38 years, this was Stockport’s first free library. Access is available via a set of stairs or a lift.

The Vintage Village

On the second Sunday of the month, Stockport Market becomes The Vintage Village. Inside the market hall is a wealth of vintage clothing and collectable stalls. This takes place from 10am to 4pm.

If you’ve had enough shopping, we recommend the Staircase House museum opposite the side of the market hall. As for public houses, the Bakers’ Vaults and the Boars Head are well worth visiting.

Next up…

For Day Six, our next bus out of Stockport is pretty obvious. We can assure you that service wont be the 22 nor the 370.

S.V., 08 July 2016

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