August 16th 2019 is the 200th anniversary of the Peterloo massacre in Manchester when 1.000’s of people from all over the north-west met at St. Peter’s Fields for a peaceful demonstration for parliamentary reform and the abolition of the Corn Laws. The Heritage Trust is collaborating with Stockport Heritage Library to discover the role that Stockport people played, both in the years before the meeting, and also during the event.
There is an exhibition now on at the Heritage Library, see photo below. They will be publishing a series of events to take place during 2019, so we will keep you informed.
We are having a guided walk to commemorate the Sandy Brow meeting in Stockport, of February 1819, when the forces of law and order were routed by ordinary workers. The walk will discover places of interest in Stockport during the upheavals of the early 1800’s. It will start at Lancashire Bridge and end at the site of the Windmill Rooms, on Millbrook Street near to the Town Hall.
A leaflet will be produced for anyone to use as a self-guided walk.
The walk will be on Saturday, February 23rd at 11 am and 2 pm, starting at Lancashire Bridge.
Refreshments will be available afterwards in the War Memorial Art Gallery.