On the first day of my two weeks off work, I met up with a few friends in Stockport again. This time we were headed for the Hat Works, a museum dedicated to the hatting industry. At one time, amazingly, there were over 100 hat factories and businesses in the Stockport area! The museum itself is based in Wellington Mill which was one of those factories.
Further along was an example of a hatter's cottage. These are always one of my favourite bits as I like seeing how people used to live.
Upstairs were lots of display cases of different hats. However, this is about the best photo I could manage due to a combination of dimmed light and glass cabinets.
Also upstairs was a special exhibition devoted to Lock & Co, the world's oldest hat shop which was established in 1676 and is still trading in London. This was one of their ledgers with an entry for an order from Charlie Chaplin for a French grey Homburg hat.
If you're ever in Stockport, Hat Works is well worth a visit and entry is completely free!
Like a lot of buildings it has been used for other activities during its life including being a bingo hall.
However, it's gradually being restored and reopened in 2009. There are some lovely art deco details around the building, particularly in the foyer area.
Not sure about the colour combinations but they were very striking.
Another great afternoon in Stockport. I really have been surprised how much there is to see and we're not done yet. At the end of this month we're visiting the air raid shelters! x