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Staircase House

A Grade II* Listed Building in Brinnington and Central, Stockport

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Latitude: 53.4116 / 53°24'41"N

Longitude: -2.1563 / 2°9'22"W

OS Eastings: 389704

OS Northings: 390547

OS Grid: SJ897905

Mapcode National: GBR FXCZ.YR

Mapcode Global: WHB9W.VHCX

Entry Name: Staircase House

Listing Date: 10 March 1975

Last Amended: 27 April 1992

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1356855

English Heritage Legacy ID: 210845

Location: Stockport, SK1

County: Stockport

Electoral Ward/Division: Brinnington and Central

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Stockport

Traditional County: Cheshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater Manchester

Church of England Parish: Stockport St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Chester

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Listing Text

This List entry was subject to a Minor Amendment on 09/10/2017

SJ 8990,

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 2-bay cruck-framed range which was parallel to the street. Two
and three storeys over cellars and basements, three 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 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.


SJ 8990 NE

(North-East Side)
Nos 30A & 31
(Staircase Cafe)


This building is included chiefly for its internal features. Timber-framed
town house of late C16 or early C17, 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 C17 work, with
carved square newels and fretted rectangular panels between them, strapwork
design. 2 rooms are panelled and 1 has a fireplace with date 1613 and initials
MIE . The other room has a later, probably C18, 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: SJ8970490547

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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