About the Market Place

2. History

The Market Hall is undoubtedly one of the area’s most striking architectural features and gives it a unique beauty. The recently restored ‘Glass Umbrella’ Covered Market Hall dominates the area and dates from the 1860s.

The area has been important since at least 1260. You can discover traces of the Market Place’s significance in the impressive splendour of St Mary’s Church, a landmark from miles around. Or you can discover Stockport’s oldest dwelling, Staircase House, which offers the opportunity to travel from 1460 to 1940 through 16 accessible room sets.

On special event days, there’s also the chance to take a peek inside Stockport’s original dungeon.