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A walk around Edgeley

By Gerald England

A walk around Edgeley past Stockport County football ground, into Edgeley Park and along Castle Street with its pubs and lamppost artwork. You can see this trip plotted on a map on the Geo-trips page Link .

One day I decided to have a little look around Edgeley as the place isn't especially well Geographed and I was interested in looking at the lampposts on Castle Street.

I got off the bus half way along Mercian Way and made my way down to Hardcastle Road and looked at SJ8889 : Cheadle End Stand at Stockport County by Gerald England Stockport County Football Club. Stockport County moved to Edgeley Park, then home of Stockport Rugby League Club, in 1902, having previously played at Green Lane in Heaton Norris. The team currently play in the Conference North League. The Cheadle End stand was opened at the beginning of the 1995-96 season, is two tiered, covered and all seated. It is generally reserved for home fans who enter via turnstiles 17-19 on Hardcastle Road. A prominent sign SJ8889 : Turnstiles 17 - 19 at Stockport County by Gerald England reads:

NO ALCOHOL OR GLASS
BOTTLES TO BE BROUGHT
INTO THE STADIUM

It is prohibited under Stadium Safety Rules
for spectators to bring alcohol or
glass bottle or other containers
into the ground. Please deposit
responsibly in a nearby bin

At the end of Hardcastle Road I turned left on to Reservoir Road and down to the footbridge SJ8889 : Reservoir Road by Gerald England with its overflowing litter bin. Left is Sykes Reservoir #1 SJ8889 : Sykes #1 Reservoir by Gerald England and right is #2 SJ8889 : Sykes #2 Reservoir by Gerald England Three reservoirs originally provided water for the Sykes Bleaching Works and are now part of Alexandra Park and used for fishing.

A footpath SJ8889 : Footpath in Edgeley Park by Gerald England leads back towards Hardcastle Road. Overlooking the #2 reservoir is a flowerbed SJ8889 : Flowerbed in Edgeley Park by Gerald England and a commemorative stone SJ8889 : Commemorative stone in Edgeley Park by Gerald England that reads:

THIS LAND WAS PRESENTED
TO THE
CORPORATION OF STOCKPORT
FOR THE PURPOSE OF A PUBLIC
PARK OR PLEASURE GROUND
BY
THOMAS HARDCASTLE SYKES &
ARTHUR HENRY SYKES, ESQUIRES
TO COMMEMORATE THE 50th
ANNIVERSARY OF THE REIGN OF
HER MAJESTY QUEEN VICTORIA
IN 1897,
AND WAS OPENED TO THE PUBLIC
ON THE 1st DAY OF MAY 1889
BY
JOSEPH LEIGH ESQ.
MAYOR.

I left the park and walked back into Edgeley where I discovered the Conservative Club SJ8889 : Edgeley Conservative Club by Gerald England which was founded in 1888 SJ8889 : Edgeley Conservative Club: Architectural Detail by Gerald England.

Castle Street SJ8989 : Castle Street by Gerald England used to be the main thoroughfare through Edgeley before the building of Mercian Way as a bypass. SJ8989 : Double Postbox SK3 24 by Gerald England Post box SK3 24 is a double-box.

Nearby is a Salvation Army charity shop SJ8989 : Sir Robert Peel and The Salvation Army by Gerald England and the Sir Robert Peel SJ8989 : Sir Robert Peel: Pub sign by Gerald England public house.

On a lamppost SJ8889 : Edgeley Lamppost: Sent to the Maypole by Gerald England is a piece of artwork. The text reads:

"AS A CHILD I USED TO BE SENT TO THE
MAYPOLE TO GET A PAT OF BUTTER.
I THOUGHT IT WAS LOVELY.

THEY USED TO HAVE 2 WOODEN
BATTERNS THAT THEY TAPPED ON
THE SIDES OF THE BUTTER AND
THEY WOULD STAMP THE TOP
WITH A THISTLE"

As part of the Stockport Arts Trail, an independent group of young people, working towards an Arts Award Qualification at Stockport Central Library, created the images for one face of the artworks, located on lampposts in and around Edgeley. Historic photographs from the libraries archives are on the other face, giving people an idea of how the area looked in times gone by.

This one SJ8889 : Edgeley Lamppost: Bostock & Co by Gerald England has an image of bootmakers, Bostock & Co.

Further up the street is SJ8989 : The Pineapple and Edgeley Chippy by Gerald England The Pineapple and Edgeley Chippy. The pub displays a Guiness sign.

On the corner of Newton Street SJ8989 : The Jolly Crofter by Gerald England is another pub SJ8989 : The Jolly Crofter by Gerald England The Jolly Crofter which has a rather faded sign SJ8989 : Sign for the Jolly Crofter by Gerald England

The next lamppost SJ8989 : Edgeley Lamppost: Going to Stockport Market by Gerald England reads:

"On Saturday nights my dad used to take us Stockport Market in those days it stayed open till 9pm.

It was a great event everyone from round here would go. And we'd always go to Woolworths on the way home to buy sweets."

On the reverse SJ8989 : Edgeley Lamppost: A View of Stockport Market by Gerald England is an old view of Stockport Market as well as an "Alcohol Restricted Area" notice. SJ8989 : Castle Street by Gerald England

The lamppost at the top end of Castle Street SJ8989 : Top end of Castle Street by Gerald England has an old photo of a train at Stockport Edgeley station. The text SJ8989 : Edgeley Lamppost: Holidays started at Edgeley Station by Gerald England reads:

"My dad was a guard on the trains every family holiday we had, started at Edgeley Station."

A last look down Castle Street SJ8989 : Looking down Castle Street by Gerald England

On the corner of Castle Street and Mercian Way is SJ8989 : Barbicans Coffee House by Gerald England. It was a Robinsons pub "The Grapes" before being converted into Barbicans Coffee House. It recently closed and is up for sale again.

There are another eight lampposts with artwork around Edgeley but they will have to wait for another day.


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