This Grade II building is a medieval town house, but very little is known of the early history of the building, though it is thought it was the home of the Mayor of Stockport, William Dodge, in 1483.
The first definite residents were the Shallcross family who owned the house from 1605-1730. In 1618 they installed the cage newel staircase which gives the house its name. The Jacobean staircase is one of only three surviving examples in Britain and was carefully restored after an almost devastating fire in 1995.
The house is set in the heart of Stockport’s historic market place and boasts an intriguing array of rooms, linked by corridors and narrow passages. All the rooms have been restored using period colours, furniture and artefacts which reflect the attraction’s long and eventful history. You will witness a two-hundred-year-old table in the eighteenth century dining room, an authentic busy kitchen and some historic lighting in the tallow room.
There are also rumours of ghostly goings-on and the house is allegedly haunted by the ghost of Robert Owten, a former butler to the Shallcross family. Staircase House has been designed to make people feel at home as they take a unique journey back in time.
Opening Times: Tuesday to Friday 1pm – 5pm
Saturday 10am – 5pm
Sunday 11am – 5pm
Monday CLOSED, except for bank holidays 11am – 5pm
Last admission 1 hour 15 minutes before closing.
Photo Credits: Image kindly supplied Courtesy of Stockport Council. © Copyright Stockport County Council.
For further information please visit: http://www.stockport.gov.uk