Edgeley & Cheadle Heath from another era.
The Stockport riots of June 1852 made national and international news. The rioters marched on the Catholic chapel at Edgeley. The house and the Chapel were totally destroyed.
There was much discontent in the town when Irish families, starved in the famine, had come to Stockport looking for work in the mills. They were resented by the local community who did not want them taking their jobs. There were a lot of local disturbances.
The military were called and the Riot Act was read but not before a great many buildings were damaged or destroyed. Irish and English prisoners were tried in Chester and sentenced to varying terms of imprisonment and hard labour.
The Catholic chapel destroyed in the riots was named St Phillip and St James. It was restored within a year. The church is now called Our Lady and the Apostles and stands at the junction of Castle Street, Greek Street, Mercian Way and Shaw Heath.
Although not in Edgeley or Cheadle Heath this photo of Stockport Market is very interesting. In the foreground there is a young boy who has no shoes!
Another view of Castle Street - as it was. The sign for Grenville Street can just be seen in the top left hand corner.
Reservoirs, Edgeley Tech Sch 6/11/02 "Dear Nellie" This will probably remind you of our boating on Sykes's. I have heard that there has been one or two more deaths owing to the fire at Vernon Mill yesterday and that the walls have been tumbling down this afternoon. Yours aff'ly Herbert".
Gorsey Bank Park pavilion with a mill chimney behind and with a pristine bowling green (sadly no longer in use).
Northgate Road joining Brinksway. In the distance can just be seen Springmount Mill, now demolished.
Coronation Day - Cheadle Heath Club Ivy Hastings, Lily Barlow and Florris Henshall. Great photo sent in by a resident.
EDGELEY AND CHEADLE HEATH HAVE SOME OF THE OLDEST PARTS OF STOCKPORT, SOME WONDERFUL OLD BUILDINGS, AND VERY INTERESTING
HISTORIES. IAIN BOURNE, A LOCAL EDGELEY RESIDENT HAS AN EXTENSIVE COLLECTION OF OLD POSTCARDS AND PHOTOS OF THE AREA AND HAS KINDLY PROVIDED US WITH COPIES SO THAT WE CAN DISPLAY THEM ON OUR WEBSITE.
If anyone has any photos of old Edgeley & Cheadle Heath to add to the collection please could we have copies. They can be sent to email@example.com or posted to 27 Albert Road, Stockport SK4 4EG.