SJ8990 : 8 Market Place and 1a Mealhouse Brow

taken 8 years ago, near to Stockport, Great Britain

8 Market Place and 1a Mealhouse Brow
8 Market Place and 1a Mealhouse Brow
A listed building. It is a late 18th or early 19th century house incorporating a 19th century shop front and reusing timbers of medieval or 17th century origin. The building is approached by a flight of stone steps. A low frontage wall with a cast-iron lamp standard is the parapet of 1a Mealhouse Brow, which is on a lower level owing to the slope of the land. Three storeys to the Market Place, of brick in Flemish bond, with a bracketed eaves cornice and restored sash windows. The windows have repaired stone lintels and original stone sills. A facsimile rainwater head has the date 1743, the original perhaps salvaged from another building or from an earlier building on the site. The shop front is bowed and has terracotta foliated brackets supporting a cornice on each side. The rear wall of the building incorporates timbers with mortices and peg holes.

1a Mealhouse Brow consists of a single-storey range towards the Market Place and the adjacent basement and lower basement of No. 8 Market Place. The upper rooms of this part were used for meetings of the town's manorial court leet, and incorporates two small chambers possibly used as lock-ups, The lower basement incorporates two separate chambers used for confinement until 1790 when a new prison was built.

The second-storey wall has ghost advertising (partially obscured) which relates to its past use as Ladies and Gents Tailors. In 2010 it was a coffee shop SJ8990 : Mealhouse Brow after which has been occupied by the "Vintage Style Agency" and the "Teenage Market" but presently it is again empty.

1a Mealhouse Brow, a.k.a. the "Stockport Dungeon" SJ8990 : Stockport Dungeon and Court Leet is occasionally open for visits by the Stockport Heritage Trust.
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Date Taken
Saturday, 3 May, 2014   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 6 May, 2014
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts 
Date (from Tags)
1743  1790 
Former (from Tags)
Prison  Tailors 
Primary Subject of Photo
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 8970 9049 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:24.6671N 2:9.3849W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 8968 9051
View Direction
Southeast (about 135 degrees)
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Listed Building  Shop  Stone Steps  Lamp Standard  Parapet  Ghost Sign  Dungeons  Stockport Heritage Trust 

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