Showing posts with label Stockport. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Stockport. Show all posts

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

The Arden Arms in Bredbury, Stockport

Erratum - we missed a pub on our lockdown pub crawl of Stockport Borough.

We visited 265 pubs, bars and clubs during the national lockdown between April and July of this year. Some of those places were long established, others were new venues, a few were getting ready to open for the first time in 2020, while a number of others were lost pubs.

One of the pubs we missed during the first lockdown was the Arden Arms at Bredbury!

The Arden Arms in Bredbury, Stockport
The Arden Arms in Bredbury

We knew there was an Arden Arms in the town centre (pub #51), but as the Bredbury location is right on the border with Denton in Tameside it completely slipped off our radar.

The Arden Arms in Bredbury, Stockport
The sign of pub #266 on our travels 

We rectified the matter on Saturday though as we took our day's outdoor exercise at Hulmes Wood and walked back across the border into Stockport to snap the Arden Arms.

The Arden Arms in Bredbury, Stockport
Approaching Stockport from Tameside

The Arden Arms in Bredbury, Stockport
Right on the border

The Arden Arms in Bredbury, Stockport
Looking back towards Tameside

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Tuesday, November 03, 2020

Budgens of Woodford

A look at the Budgens supermarket in Woodford, Stockport.


Budgens of Woodford

You don't often see Budgens supermarkets these days. Although I did spot this one in a nice historic building in Sheffield recently.

Budgens of Woodford

This is the only Budgens in the Metropolitan Borough of Stockport.

Budgens was founded by John Budgen in 1872.

The company is now a subsidiary of Booker Group, part of Tesco plc.

Tuesday, October 06, 2020

Pubs of Stockport

Check out the interview in The Viaduct magazine about our mission to visit every pub, club and bar in Stockport during lockdown this year.

The Kings Tap in Cheadle Hulme
The first pub we visited - The Kings Tap in Cheadle Hulme

The Crown Inn in Stockport town centre
Pub number 73 - The Crown Inn in Stockport town centre with the viaduct behind it

The Nursery Inn in Heaton Norris
Pub number 265 - The Nursery Inn in Heaton Norris

Friday, September 18, 2020

A-Team Cleaning Services in Manchester

Spotting an 'A-Team van' in Stockport.

I always keep an eye out for fun and interesting stuff and managed to get a snap of this 'A-Team van' out on a mission somewhere in the Greater Manchester underground earlier today!

An 'A-Team van' in Stockport.

Check out the A-Team Cleaning Services Facebook Page for more information.


It's not the first A-Team van I've seen on my travels. Check out the Multi Kitchens Ltd van, The Waste Team and The Natural Tile Company in Belfast.

Monday, August 17, 2020

A postcard from Stockport

Dropping you a line from the Greater Manchester High Risk Coronavirus Protection Area Lockdown Zone.

A postcard from Stockport

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Artwork on the old British Home Stores in Stockport

A look at the mural artwork on the old BHS in Stockport's Merseyway shopping centre.


Mural artwork on the old BHS at the Merseyway in Stockport
The mural on the side of the old BHS in Stockport

BHS became defunct in August 2016, but there are still traces of the brand if you know where to look.

Mural artwork on the old BHS at the Merseyway in Stockport
Made in 1978

The building is now home to a Poundland store, however there are two small signs bearing the BHS logo and they are visible at the front of the shop.

One of the last visible signs of the old BHS branding
One of the last visible signs of the old BHS branding

The side of the building on Deanery Way contains a wonderful mural made up of concrete panels and mosaic tiles and depicts the history of the town over seven hundred years.

Working up Deanery Way from 1239 to 1978

The artwork was designed by Henry Collins and Joyce Pallet and created in 1978.

Here's a look at the five panels, starting with the most recent era (the seventies!) and working back to the year 1239...


Mural artwork on the old BHS at the Merseyway in Stockport
Panel 5

Panel 4

Mural artwork on the old BHS at the Merseyway in Stockport
Panel 3

Mural artwork on the old BHS at the Merseyway in Stockport
Panel 2

Mural artwork on the old BHS at the Merseyway in Stockport
Panel 1

Mural artwork on the old BHS at the Merseyway in Stockport
Stockport, Cheshire - whether this is, or isn't the case (it isn't), remains a matter of conjecture in the town. It was certainly a big talking point given the location of the recent Greater Manchester Coronavirus Pandemic Lockdown Zone!

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

A funny old sign

NO TIPPING at the Stockport Pyramid.


While having a wander around the Stockport Pyramid I noticed a funny sign near the gates - it must've been up for years as it had the old Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council logo on it.

Typo on a very old Stockport Council sign at the Pyramid
NO TIPPNG

The other NO TIPPING sign on the opposite side of the driveway was spelt correctly.

NO TIPPING sign at the Stockport Pyramid
NO TIPPING

Both signs are likely to be almost 30 years old. That's a long time for a typo like that to be hidden in plain sight!

The Metropolitan Borough of Stockport was founded in 1974 and the Stockport Pyramid was completed in 1992 after five years work.

Sadly traces of the old Metropolitan Borough of Stockport logo are becoming few and far between. There was one on an old noticeboard on Adswood Road in Cheadle Hulme until it was destroyed in a road traffic accident last year!

Old Metropolitan Borough of Stockport sign on Adswood Road in Cheadle Hulme. July 2016
  
Old Metropolitan Borough of Stockport sign on Adswood Road in Cheadle Hulme. February 2019

Thanks to Natalie Ainscough for letting me know about this sign with the old logo on at Woodford Recreation Ground.

Old Metropolitan Borough of Stockport sign at Woodford Recreation Ground

Holidays at home - Stockport, 2020

Who needs the Giza Necropolis in Egypt or the Luxor in Las Vegas when you've got the Stockport Pyramid in Kings Valley.


Stockport Pyramid
With nowhere to go on holiday this year we've been exploring the Metropolitan Borough of Stockport even more than usual. We had a nice walk around the Stockport Pyramid and along the Trans Pennine Trail yesterday evening 

The Stockport Pyramid was completed in 1992 and was originally planned to be the first of five pyramids in Stockport's own Valley of the Kings.

That plan didn't come to fruition and the Stockport Pyramid sits on in the Kings Valley industrial and trading estate next to the M60.

Until last year the Stockport Pyramid was home to The Co-operative Bank. It's now To Let.

I do like seeing quirky buildings and local follies.

The Pyramid is one of a number of superb landmarks and interesting buildings in Stockport.

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

A bench at the Stockport Pyramid

What a spot for a nice sit down.


A bench at the Stockport Pyramid

The bench is nestled between the Trans Pennine Trail, the River Mersey and the Stockport Pyramid.

Sunday, August 02, 2020

Spot the odd one out...

Can you spot the odd one out?


Pyramids - Crazy Golf and Stockport

- Top: Pyramids on the Crazy Golf course at Manor Park in Glossop, Derbyshire.

- Bottom left: The Stockport Pyramid.

- Bottom right: The pyramid hole on the old Crazy Golf course at Greens in Padstow, Cornwall.

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Monday, July 27, 2020

Remnants of Blockbuster Video

Finding some more traces of the lost brand.


We've always enjoyed exploring our surroundings, looking for and hunting out interesting things. We've seen quite a few ghost signs on our travels and many of these are hangovers from another time, some even dating back over a hundred years.

Since we found the remains of Blockbuster Video just up the road from us in Fallowfield, Manchester we had a look to see if there were any other former branches still showing signs of the brand.

We were in luck as on our walks around Cheadle Hulme and Marple we spotted the ghostly outline of a sign, as well as an old QuikDrop box.

The outline of the old big ticket logo of Blockbuster is still visible behind the Majestic Wine sign. A modern day ghost sign

The QuikDrop slot is the only part of the former Blockbuster Video Express in Marple that hasn't been painted over. It's now a Post Office
The QuikDrop slot is the only part of the former Blockbuster Video Express in Marple that hasn't been painted over. It's now a Post Office

It'll be interesting to see if we spot any other traces of the brand once we're back out on the road on Crazy World of Minigolf Tour travels.


The Blockbuster shop hole at Ghetto Golf Birmingham
The Blockbuster shop hole at Ghetto Golf Birmingham

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Pickle Rick's in Stockport

There's a Pickle Rick's Pizza place in Hazel Grove, Stockport!

Pickle Rick's in Stockport

Tuesday, July 07, 2020

Cranford Golf Centre in Heaton Mersey, Stockport

A look at a lost golf centre in Heaton Mersey, Stockport.


Cranford Golf Centre in Heaton Mersey, Stockport
The gates at the entrance to the old golf centre

In May we found a lost golf centre on one of our daily walks in Stockport during lockdown.

Cranford Golf Centre in Heaton Mersey, Stockport
This building will not be standing for much longer

We were in Heaton Mersey again yesterday and had a walk round the Common and Nature Reserve next to the centre.

Cranford Golf Centre in Heaton Mersey, Stockport
The fence at the back of the centre

Cranford Golf Centre in Heaton Mersey, Stockport
A view of the rear of the golf centre building

Cranford Golf Centre in Heaton Mersey, Stockport
There's some graffiti on the buildings

Cranford Golf Centre was a golf driving range. It closed down on the 31st October 2014.

Cranford Golf Centre in Heaton Mersey, Stockport
The range and bays

Cranford Golf Centre in Heaton Mersey, Stockport
A closer look at the bays

Cranford Golf Centre in Heaton Mersey, Stockport
A view of the overgrown driving range

Looking online there were plans for the area to be turned into housing. We saw a notice with more details of the demolition of the golf centre buildings on the gate yesterday, it was dated 22nd June 2020.

The public notice about the proposed developments on the site

Monday, July 06, 2020

Pubs of Stockport

A look at the pubs of Stockport during the coronavirus pandemic lockdown.


The Kings Tap on Station Road in Cheadle Hulme
Pub number 1 - The Kings Tap on Station Road in Cheadle Hulme. A lovely Art Deco building. We'd never seen it shuttered before the lockdown

We've spent some of our new-found outdoor exercise time during the coronavirus pandemic lockdown visiting the pubs of Stockport.

The Crown Inn on Heaton Lane in Stockport town centre
Pub number 73 - The Crown Inn on Heaton Lane in Stockport town centre

It's been interesting to see the variety of architecture, different signage, parts of the town we haven't been to for a long time and other parts of the area we've never been to. I've been documenting them on Instagram using the #StopfordianPubs tag.

The Bull's Head Hotel in High Lane, Stockport
Pub number 222 - The Bull's Head Hotel in High Lane, Stockport. Our daily walks around the town took us to the borough's canals on a number of occasions

This is us outside pub number 265 - The Nursery Inn in Heaton Norris on Friday 3rd July 2020.

At the 265th pub on our lockdown 'pub crawl'. Not a drop was drunk on our daily walks in April, May, June and July

It was the last of all the pubs in the Metropolitan Borough of Stockport we visited on our daily outdoor exercise between Wednesday 1st April and before pubs were allowed to reopen with social distancing measures on Saturday 4th July.

The Crown in Hawk Green, Marple
Pub number 185 - The Crown in Hawk Green, Marple, a part of the borough we never knew existed before our walks began

We saw a real mixture of pubs, bars, club and social clubs, along with a few lost and closed pubs. There were also some new pubs getting ready to re-open post-lockdown.

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Friday, July 03, 2020

Resident Needle

I don't think I could've seen a better business name, sign and shopfront during my pandemic lockdown daily outdoor exercise than this one in Woodley Precinct, Stockport!

What voice would you use to say this shop name out loud?

Wednesday, July 01, 2020

NO GOLF in Compstall, Stockport

We saw this NO GOLF sign on our daily outdoor walk at Pleasant View in Compstall, Stockport.

NO GOLF sign in Compstall, Stockport
No horses allowed either