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Stockport town guide

Since the 13th. Century, Stockport has been a market town and an important crossing point over the River Mersey.

A product of the industrial Revolution, its great mills and chimneys once dominated the town. These are now mostly gone, but the fine 19th. Century railway viaduct over one hundred feet high still carries modern trains between Manchester and London. This viaduct is Western Europe's largest brick structure, and can be seen in some of the paintings by the Salford artist, Lowry.

The ever- expanding Manchester airport is nearby. If you were to hire a car, the Peak District of Derbyshire and the many interesting towns and villages of Cheshire are within a short drive. There are many National Trust properties close to Stockport too.

The delightful spa town of Buxton is a short train ride away and is well worth a visit.

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