Staircase House


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Staircase House, 30A and 31, Market Place, Stockport, SK2 1ES


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Statutory Address:
Staircase House, 30A and 31, Market Place, Stockport, SK2 1ES

The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

Stockport (Metropolitan Authority)
Non Civil Parish
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This List entry was subject to a Minor Amendment on 09/10/2017

SJ 8990 701-0/1/21

MARKET PLACE, Nos. 30A & 31, Staircase House

(Formerly listed as Staircase Cafe)


Town house, shop and warehouse, now cafe and shop (when surveyed). Later C15, rebuilt and enlarged in more than one phase in C16, altered and further enlarged probably in early C17; remodelled in C18; altered in C19 and C20; and in poor structural condition at time of inspection (1992). Timber frame with wattle-and-daub panelling (extensively replaced with brick), the front range rebuilt in brick; slate roofs.

Complicated and irregular plan resulting from successive rebuildings and additions to the rear of a former two bay cruck-framed range which was parallel to the street. Two and three storeys over cellars and basements, three structural bays (two to No. 30A, one to No.31). The whole complex represents an unusually complete series of building phases, from c.1460, of which the following are among the principal features of interest: the upper parts of two cruck frames (which have been dendrochronologically dated c.1460); extensive remains of original timber-framed side, rear and internal walls; remains of originally unglazed wooden mullioned windows in the basement; beams at ground and first floors with ovolo and quarter-round moulding; an exceptionally fine formerly cage-newel staircase with open strapwork panelling and carved newels; a room at first floor of the rear wing of No.30A with almost complete C17 muntin-and-rail panelling; and a suite of two rooms at first floor of the front range with fine early C18 bolection-moulded panelling (parts missing and parts loose at time of inspection) including dado rails, doorways with eared architraves and a cross-corner fireplace with a date stone set in the overmantel lettered "16 S 18 / M I E".

For full details see C.Hartwell and S.R.Bryant A Measured Survey of the Buildings at Numbers 30A and 31 Market Place, Stockport (Greater Manchester Archaeological Unit, 1985); and report of dendrochronological analysis by Nottingham University Tree-Ring Dating Laboratory, 1989.

Listing NGR: SJ8970490547


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C Hartwell and SR Bryant, A Measured Survey of the Buildings at Numbers 30A and 31 Market Place Stockport, (1985)


This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

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Date: 27 Jun 2004
Reference: IOE01/12264/31
Rights: Copyright IoE Mr Adrian Shaw. Source Historic England Archive
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