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The Stockport Viaduct

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The Stockport Viaduct

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The Stockport Viaduct

Because it is the largest brick-built structure in Europe and a forgotten part of our local heritage, let alone the national one!

Neil McHugh

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Striding across the Mersey, this Victorian construction connected the cotton powerhouses of the Mancunian North with the rest of England during a time when England's bread hung from Lancashire?s thread. It dominates Stockport to this day, and litters the fantasy landscapes of Lowry as an emblem of the industrial North West. But however magnificent as a construction, it?s the humour with which it is admired that marks it a testament to Englishness. Frequently it is described as "The 2nd largest brick built structure in Western Europe", or some variation thereon. This accolade grows more desperate with each clarification. Not THE biggest, the second biggest. Not any structure, but a brick built one. And not in Europe, but merely Western Europe. No one seems to agree if this epithet is in anyway accurate, but it is a badge of honour for locals who both realise its brilliance and the provinciality of that brilliance.
Alan Jones


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My favourite Icon of England has to be the Cornish Pasty.

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