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Stockport

UK Place
Demography
Population136082 ((2001 Census))
Administration
Metropolitan boroughStockport
Metropolitan countyGreater Manchester
RegionNorth West England
CountryEngland
Other Information
Post townSTOCKPORT
Postcode districtSK1-SK8, SK12 SK
Dialling code0161
UK ParliamentStockport

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Stockport (c-eniconˈstɒkpɔːt) is a large town in Greater Manchester, England. It lies on elevated ground on the River Mersey at the confluence of the rivers Goyt and Tame, 6.1 mi (9.8 km) southeast from the centre of Manchester. Stockport is the largest settlement of the Metropolitan Borough of Stockport, and has a population of 136,082, the wider borough having 281,000.

Historically a part of Cheshire, Stockport in the 16th century was a small town entirely on the southbank of the Mersey, and known for the cultivation of hemp and rope manufacture and in the 18th century the town had one of the first mechanised silk factories in the British Isles. However, Stockport's predominant industries of the 19th century were the cotton and allied industries. Stockport was also at the centre of the country's hatting industry which by 1884 was exporting more than six million hats a year. In December 1997 the last Stockport hat works closed. The town's hatting heritage is preserved at 'Hat Works - the Museum of Hatting'.

Dominating the western approaches to the town is the Stockport Viaduct. Built in 1840, the viaduct's 27 brick arches over the River Mersey carry the mainline railways from Manchester to Birmingham and London. This structure featured as the background in many paintings by L.S. Lowry. Lowry often visited the Stockport War Memorial Gallery on Greek Street especially during the annual Guild exhibition of paintings and sculpture.


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