Stockport, located in Cheshire, was once the center of an important hat making industry in the country. When visiting Stockport, visitors should make sure they see the Hat Museum as well as Lyme Park and the Staircase House and Stockport Story Museum. Other sights of interest in Stockport include the Stockport Viaduct. More than 11 million bricks were used to conduct the viaduct, which is the largest in the world. If you enjoy Victorian architecture, you certainly will not want to miss seeing the viaduct. There are numerous shopping, dinning and accommodation options in Stockport and the surrounding area.
Stockport is a fairly large English town located within the Greater Manchester area. The town is situated on the ground level of the River Mersey at the point where the River Goyt and River Tame meet. The town of Stockport is located about six miles southeast of the city of Manchester. The town is the largest settlement of Stockport Metropolitan Borough. The town of Stockport has a population of about one hundred and thirty six thousand and eighty two and the wider borough of Stockport has a population of two hundred and eighty one thousand.
During the sixteenth century the town of Stockport was known for it's manufacturing of rope and hemp. During the eighteenth century the town became known for its production of silk and one of the first silk factories in the United Kingdom was based in Stockport. Everything changed during the nineteenth century and Stockport became more popular for its cotton production. Stockport also played a very big part in the hat industry and in 1884 the town was exporting about six million hats per annum. The hat works that were located in Stockport were closed down in 1997 however the heritage is maintained through the Museum of Hatting.
The Stockport Viaduct dominates the western approach to the town. The Stockport viaduct was built in 1840. The viaduct consists of twenty-seven arches looming high over the River Mersey. The viaduct also carries the main railway line that runs to Birmingham and London from Manchester. This structure featured in a painting that was done by L.S Lowry and it was in the background of the painting.