Celebrating my 40th wedding anniversary this week made me realise that although I have lived here for 40 years, I have never looked at my home town of Stockport, 4 miles away. How shameful is that! :)
Where is Stockport?
Stockport is traditionally in Cheshire but was taken over by Manchester in the North West of England in the 1960's. Locals still regard ourselves as Cheshire though as we are south of the River Mersey.
It is about 7 miles East of Manchester airport.
The name is believed to derive from Stop ford, when there was a crossing of the River Mersey at this point.
Although Roman and Saxon coins have been found in the area, Stockport did not develop fully as a settlement until hundreds of years later.
Yesterday, I did a Heritage walk around Stockport Town Centre and I learned a lot about what was on my own door step. The walk was a free walk which I collected from Stockport Library. There are several trails but I chose the one which weaves around the Loyalist and Radical sites of the town.
Source Material ; Stockport Libraries
Photos are my own .
Yes indeed, Stockport people are known as Stopfordians.
It is lovely isn't it. I would like to go inside sometime.
Stockport was originally known as Stopford,but the sounds transmuted.The word ford indicates that the town was centred on a river crossing,where a river was shallow.
Veronica - It is interesting to note that so much history is present in your hometown Stockport.I am fond of ancient civilizations, although this doesn't look old. I also love the ruins and old heritage buildings. They have a story to convey. The Stockport church stands tall and beautiful undergoing more than a century's impact. The structure and architecture looks robust.
Certain Saxon families appended de to an English name to seem classy. For example,Spensers were Danish, but retained their lands and rose upwards over the centuries. By the time of the Peasant's revolt De Spencer was riding down Wat Tyler and running him through with a lance as he fought the peasants.
Something similar occurred in Ireland,where Irish families dropped Mc in favour of the Norman Fitz to seem classier
And in the course of your extensive research I hoped you found that the Stockport family of Arderns who owned Bredbury Hall are descended from the medieval de Arderne family.? Note the de. And neither Warwickshire nor Saxon. Most Saxon lords had had their lands stolen by Normans .
I have done some research and discovered that there is an Ardern in Warwickshire, in the Midlands, but the Ardern family descend from the Saxon earls of Warwick. It is therefore an ancient Saxon lineage, not Norman.
The beauty of Wizzley for me, is how a page develops because of facts and comments. Each is welcome and developmental.
This Arden I think is a Norman name.
We are especially fortunate in Cheshire which has the most elaborately decorated black and white buildings. I am astonished with myself that I never took the time to explore the history of my hometown. It's beautiful, as you see.