This is a visitors attraction in Stockport and the house is famous for its unusual Jacobean cage-newel staircase. It is Stockport’s earliest and oldest town house and it is currently a museum where visitors can discover how people lived in Stockport from the 15th to the 20th centuries.
There are 16 areas in the beautifully restored townhouse. On arrival youngsters are given a pack with mini-bags containing an activity to match many of the areas in the museum .The activities are targeted at older kids but it is worth getting one whatever the age of your children , just for the two finger puppets that are included. In all the Stairs House areas , except the dining room, kids will learn as well as have fun with the objects, allowing you to relax and have a great look round on your own. Among the favourites for the under fives is the checking room, where you can compose with quill pens and many will come away covered in ink. Another very entertaining area is the dressing up area — the only disadvantage is that the stairs house is so much fun that it is difficult to drag the kids away!
The Stockport Story Museum is attached to the Stairs House and provides a background to life in the town . Smaller children will be interested in the market day and medieval costumes that they can try on, discovered on Degree 4, plus the Victorian sprucing up boxes and playthings dotted on each level.
The original café at the Staircase House in Stockport was Blackshaws, and Blackshaw’s are part of the history of Stockport as a result of the Blackshaw family links with St Mary’s Church.
Joseph Blackshaw was a warden of St Mary’s Church during the late 19th Century, and also a District Councillor around this time. In 1897 Joseph and his brother Thomas Blackshaw, who were both baptised at the church and church goers , financed a new bell for St Mary’s bringing the total number of bells at the church to their present number of 10.
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