Welcome to Davenport

This site is for users of Davenport railway station, Stockport, England - and for all the people of Davenport.  Our aim is to have plenty of useful information for users of the station, and act as a forum for contributions and suggestions.

Please note that this site is unofficial and is not connected with Northern or any rail company. Information here is presented in good faith, but we cannot be responsible if your train (or bus) does not arrive when expected.

Network Rail full details for Davenport station

Postal Address of the station:

Davenport Station
Bramhall Lane

Ticket office opening hours: Monday - Friday 06:20 - 12:50
Saturday 07:00 - 13:30
Sunday closed.

About Davenport

Davenport is a mostly-residential, tree-lined, suburb of Stockport, in Greater Manchester, England. Its focal point is its railway station, which is on the Manchester - Stockport - Buxton line, and  it does have a range of facilities within a short distance which make it a particularly good place to live for anyone who does not wish to drive a car.

Minutes from the station there are some good quality shops, including convenience stores, a bank, a pharmacy, a baker, a butcher and a greengrocer as well as a post office/newsagent. Davenport is well-served by buses to Stockport town centre,  and the trains will get you to Manchester Piccadilly station in 20 minutes.

The trains heading away from Stockport offer an instant transfer to the countryside, with pleasant walks along the Middlewood Way and Peak Forest Canal 15 minutes away and the Peak National Park within half an hour.

Stockport's main hospital, Stepping Hill, is a couple of kilometres away, and even the town's cemetery and crematorium are within walking distance. We have a 'green-flag' park, Cale Green Park, incorporating a kids' playground and with Cricket and Lacrosse clubs adjacent, and a good public house, the 'Jolly Sailor' about five minutes walk from the station. A Methodist church is nearby, and the large late-Victorian Anglican church, St George's, is a short walk towards Stockport.

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St George's Vicarage - saved?

The following message is from John Fidler, organiser of the petition reported below:

As of 17:15 on, Monday 30th January 2017, the online and hard copy petition  signatures to save St. George's Vicarage, Stockport totalled 502 - a fewmore  than when we submitted the petition to Stockport Council earlier that afternoon. 

We just received good news that the architect-developers, Purcell, and their  client, the Chester Diocesan Board of Education, have withdrawn their demolition  application today (as our petition suggested) before Stockport Council could determine the case.

Objections to demolition had been received from Historic England, the Victorian  Society and the Ancient Monuments Society, besides, in this petition:275 concerned Stockport citizens (55% of all petitioners) of whom well over half live near to or regularly pass by the Vicarage site;
47 neighbouring Mancunians;
At least nine eminent architectural historians expert in Victorian and Edwardian architecture;
20 prominent architects and conservation officers;
Numerous members of the Victorian Society nationwide (from Lerwick in the Shetlands to St. Helier in Jersey; and
The Stockport diaspora, including renowned authoress and media star, Baroness Joan Bakewell.
The Stockport Heritage and Building Preservation Trusts have asked Stockport Council to intervene now and call a meeting with the  architect-developers and the Diocese to discuss appropriate and sufficient enabling development to repair and restore the Vicarage. Or suffer the service  of a Repairs Notice to stem the awful longstanding neglect of the listed building.

31 January 2017

Steam specials

There was a steam-hauled excursion run by the Railway Touring company advertised to pass through Davenport on Saturday 4 February. However, it has been cancelled due to insufficient bookings. There's another planned for Saturday 28th February using locos 76084 and 45690: Preston - Stockport - Buxton - Burnley - Preston - Manchester. Will that one run? Who can say. Information and booking via the Railway Touring Company website. The cheapest adult ticket is £99, which rises to £249 should you wish to enjoy the full meals service. Perhaps the lack of bookings for the earlier tour is not so surprising?

Further afield, there is to be a very interesting experiment on the line from Leeds to Appleby over three days, 14 - 16 February: the normal Northern Railway train service, with added extras, will be worked between Skipton and Appleby by a seven-coach train hauled by new-build steam loco 60163 Tornado, with normal Northern Rail tickets valid in three of carriages, although no standing will be allowed. Tickets for the other four carriages are now available by only pre-booking. Full details are on the Northern website.
30 January 2017

St George's Vicarage

A planning application (No. 64183  on the Council database)  has been made by developer Purcell to demolish the listed, but derelict, Vicarage by St George's Church and replace it by two rows of 'Arts and Crafts' houses inspired, according to the archirects, by Letchworth Garden City and Port Sunlight. The picture above is the view from Bramhall Lane, from their 'Design and Access Statement.'

Nice, isn't it. We are not sure. There is an online petition which you may possibly wish to sign, proposing that the vicarage be retained and rebuilt as part of a housing development. Oddly, it is man living in Amercia who has cared enough to raise this petition. Some might be moved to think that the owners of the building have been negligent in allowing it to get in the the present state, even though they claim to have spent over £200,000 on security measures. Other developers have looked and the place and been refused their plans or walked away; one thing is sure, it should not remain as it is.

24 January 2017

New local history feature

We have compiled for our local history section a short history of Davenport's Post Office on Bramhall Lane, which has been serving the community in the same building for over 110 years, with some history if its near neiggbours. As always, comments and corrections are welcome at info@davenportstation.org.uk. In particular, does anyone recall shopping at John Williams & Sons grocery (now Spar) in the 1960s?

5 January 2017

More for your money

It's not just the fares that have increased - so has the size of tickets issued by train conductors - a return ticket is now 15 inches long!

Fares shock (2)

Annoyingly, Northern Railway's off-peak fares within Greater Manchester, already increased in September 2016, were hiked up again from 2 January, meaning that an Off-peak return to Manchester has risen from £3.50 to £4.50 since summer 2016, on top of the evening peak restrictions imposed in 2014.  Northern say that this is to 'bring them into line with other areas.' This will mean that if you are travelling to Manchester and back five times (or more) in a week, even if all your travel is off-peak times, it will be cheaper to buy a Weekly Season ticket. 

02 January 2017

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