With the release of our two new prints in our cities & places range, Sketchbook Design is exploring the town of Stockport and the city of Salford. The Salford art print and the Stockport art print both include landmarks, history and culture of both north-west places. We’re looking at what makes these locations, close to Manchester, some of our favourites in the UK!
Stockport Art Print
Stockport is just southeast of Manchester city centre and consists of Cheadle, Cheadle Hulme, Marple, Bredbury, Reddish, Woodley and Romiley. The city is famous for its millinery and celebrates this with the UK’s only dedicated hat museum, Hat Works. At its peak Stockport exported over 6 million hats worldwide. Even the local football fans have been nicknamed the mad hatters. This term was coined after milliners were exposed to too much mercury during the creation of the hats!
Also home to Strawberry Studios, Stockport has seen some of the most famous and influential musicians perform and record here. Some of these include The Stone Roses, Paul McCartney and Joy Division.
Stockport is full of iconic architecture. The Plaza cinema and theatre is a grade 2 listed building with tonnes of character. It was first opened in 1932 and is one of the oldest buildings still in its original format in the world. The Plaza is still showing films and performances, which we think is amazing! The Stockport Viaduct is just as iconic, the largest brick structure in Europe standing over 33.85 metres high. It’s also said to contain over 11 million bricks, what an incredible example of the early railway age.
Salford Art Print
Now for Salford… Salford incorporates the districts of Salford, Eccles, Worsley, Irlam, Cadishead, Swinton & Pendlebury. A short journey from Manchester city centre, Salford is not only the place where vegetarianism was invented or where Guy Fawkes planned the downfall of Government. It is also home to one of the leading universities in the UK and has the UK’s biggest inland waterway… It’s also a cultural hub full of restaurants, bars and entertainment.
Salford’s docks is really where it’s at! It houses attractions like the Lowry, which boasts the largest collection of L S Lowry’s artwork on display. Also the imperial war museum, ITV and Coronation Street studios, galleries, restaurants, shopping and more it’s definitely a must see.
Did you know, Salford once laid claim to the only orange canal in the UK? Bridgewater Canal was famous for its bright, orange colouring due to iron ochre leaking into the canal from underground canals. The canal is now cleaner and more environmentally friendly and is also now a colour you would expect.
Over half of Salford is made up of green space. This includes forests, nature reserves, mossland and parklands. It all makes the city more than 60% green space! All of which are beautiful to visit, in all seasons.
It’s not hard to see why we decided to create a Salford and a Stockport print, as both places are just as bright, colourful and exciting as Manchester.
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