Davenport Railway Station: Local History
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SourcesDownload our 32-page illustrated booklet on the history of Davenport published in 2007 (2.8MB PDF)
Our Document Archive of Stockport directories, etc.
Gallery: Archive of our own local history images.
The J.W. Sutherland Photographic collection. Includes many pictures of local railway scenes.
Feature articles35. Yew Tree Farm, and what happened to it (2020)
34. 'Selwood': an early Davenport House and its residents (2020)
Postcard from Davenport No.9: Stepping Hill Military
Hospital and a tribute to hospital workers (2020)
Four Colour Postcards: Stockport scenes (2020)
30. Cabinets to Coffee: 175, 177 and 179 Bramhall lane (2019)
29 The Charlestown Story:
The 'Jolly Sailor', 'Charlestown House' and their
28 Edmund Harley Bennett and
Operation Foxley: a wartime hero in waiting (2018)
26. Cale Green Farm and Park (2018): The history of the farm which became our local park, and its former wealthy owners.
25. Williams Deacons Bank (2017) marking the closure of our last bank branch, and remembering some of its neighbours
24. Tasmania Cottage and its neighbours: some tales of Adswood Lane West (2017)
23. John Williams & Sons: A Davenport family with a chain of grocery shops (2017)
22. Davenport Post Office: a century of service (2016)
21. Postcard from Davenport No.6: Belthorn, Davenport Park Road (2015)
20. Ephraim Hallam's legacy: Some Davenport shops and their neighbours (2015)
19. James Shepherd, Shird Fold and the Power Pulley: stories of a Davenport house and its namesake (2014- updated 2020).
18. A Tram on the A6, and other stories: transport then and now, with the story of some Buxton Road houses and their residents (2014).
17. Bamford Grange: a house in Adswood and its past residents (2014)
16. Jesse Lumb and the Crescent: a Yorkshire mill owner's investment (2013-4)
15. Beaconsfield and the Mormon Church: A lost mansion, a family story and a modern church. (2013)
14. Bullock Brothers, Photogaphers (2012)
13. Early Days at Davenport: from 1858, including the lives of the first three station masters (2011)
12. Frederick Davenport Bates: artist who adopted the name (2011)
11. The Reinbek story: last of the big houses to be built, now a care home (2011-3)
10. James Patchell Chettle, 1871-1944: Davenport artist (2011-2)
9. The account book of 'The Alders', The Crescent, 1899-1917 (2009-12)
8. Postcard from Davenport, no.1: a view on Bramhall Lane (2007)
7. Postcard from Davenport, no.2: as seen from the bridge, including the story of Bramall Mount (2009-11)
6. Postcard No. 3: Bramhall Lane South: over the border. The life and times of Mrs Jepson (2011)
5.A postcard from Oberhofen: researching a house on The Crescent (2012)
4. Postcard from Davenport No.5: Bramhall Lane and Frewland Avenue (2014)
3. Who was Winifred? The story behind some street names (2012)
2. Davenport Junction and The Khyber A lost railway route (2006)
1. Old and new homes Davenport's oldest and newest buildings examined (2006)
Contributions are very welcome.
Davenport station, c. 1910.
Davenport, a residential suburb which lies on the outskirts of the town of Stockport in Greater Manchester, takes its name from its railway station, itself named after the Davenport family which for centuries lived at Bramall Hall. When the railway came to the area in the 1850s in the shape of the Stockport, Disley and Whaley Bridge line, there was no settlement here; it was just a remote corner of the Davenport family's estate. However, the Davenports had ideas of developing this part of their land as a residential suburb.
The station was built at the point where the Stockport
to Bramhall road, believed by some to be a Roman Road,
crossed the railway; the station was not actually built in
time for the opening of the line in 1857, but the
following year, 1858 after complaints from the Davenports
that a station had been promised, as small station was
built. It was named Davenport after its sponsors. Not long
afterwards, however, the Davenports sold all their land,
including what is now Davenport, much of it to a property
company, and moved away from the area. A few large houses
were constructed around the station in its early years,
several of them to be occupied by moguls of the hatting
and cotton-spinning industries for which Stockport is
The map above shows the station area as it was in the
1870s. The current station booking office is not an
original feature; it dates from the 1880s. Our heading
picture (courtesy of Stockport Library) shows a train from
the Manchester direction arriving in Edwardian days.
Today, Davenport is a good place to live, with its good
transport links, useful shops and profusion of trees
giving a feel of the countryside. Community facilities
such as libraries and meeting rooms are not easily found.
There is the open space of Cale Green Park opposite the
station as well as a large area of playing fields, while
the excellent 'Jolly Sailor' pub/restaurant is a short
walk towards Bramhall. Stockport with its many facilities
is just a short train or bus ride, and Manchester is just
20 minutes away by train.
From December 2019, the hourly Hazel Grove to Blackpool service is formed of new Class 331 electric trains, the first tine since 1957 that out line has seen trains not 'handed down' from other routes. The twice-hourly Buxton - Manchester service continues to run with (refurbished) 1980s diesel trains.
Updated February 2020.
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