British Listed Buildings

History in Structure

If you log in, you can comment on buildings, submit new photos or update photos that you've already submitted.

We need to upgrade the server that this website runs on. Can you spare a quid to help?.

Staircase Cafe, Stockport

Description: Staircase Cafe

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 10 March 1975
English Heritage Building ID: 210845

OS Grid Reference: SJ8970490552
OS Grid Coordinates: 389704, 390552
Latitude/Longitude: 53.4117, -2.1563

Location: Market Place, Stockport SK1 1ES

Locality: Stockport
County: Stockport
Country: England
Postcode: SK1 1ES

Incorrect location/postcode? Submit a correction!

Listing Text

In the entry for:

5086 (North-Eastside)
SJ 8990 NE 1/21 Nos 30A & 31
(Staircase Cafe)


The entry shall be amended to read:

Nos 30A & 31
701-0/1/21 (Staircase Cafe)


Town house, shop and warehouse: now cafe and shop. 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 2-bay cruck-framed range which was parallel to the street. Two
and three storeys over cellars and basements, 3 structural bays (2 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 1st floors with ovolo and quarter-round
moulding; an exceptionally fine formerly cage-newel staircase with open
strapwork panelling and carved newels; a room at 1st floor of the rear
wing of No.30A with almost complete C17 muntin-and-rail panelling; and a
suite of 2 rooms at 1st 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 datestone 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.


5086 (North-East Side)
Nos 30A & 31
(Staircase Cafe)
SJ 8990 NE 1/21

This building is included chiefly for its internal features. Timber-framed
town house of late C16 or early Cl7, refaced in red brick, with modern shop
front. 2 storeys to front, 4 to rear, which has exposed timber-framing. Main
internal feature is oak staircase, a good example of early Cl7 work, with
carved square newels and fretted rectangular panels between them, strapwork
design. 2 rooms are panelled and 1 has a fireplace with date l613 and initials
MIE . The other room has a later, probably Cl8, fireplace. Some wattle and
daub panels. House possibly belonged to Davenport family of Bramhall.

Nos 30A and 31 form a visual group with Nos 34, 34A and 35.

Listing NGR: SJ8970490552

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

Listed building text is © Crown Copyright. Reproduced under licence.