Derelict Stockport town centre pub turned into flats

The former White Lion pub in Stockport
The former White Lion pub in Stockport

A former pub in Stockport town centre has been turned into flats.

The White Lion, a Grade II listed building on Great Underbank, is now home to 11 apartments after a £2.4m investment by Trafford Housing Trust in partnership with Stockport Council.

Cllr David Meller, Cabinet Member for Economy and Regeneration at Stockport Council, said: “The completion of the White Lion is another exciting project contributing to Stockport’s vibrancy and complements our ambitious plans for the town centre like investment in the Underbanks, improvements to Merseyway shopping centre and the new transport interchange.

“Creating new homes to the quality that has been achieved in the White Lion is vital to establish the town centre as a location of choice in South Manchester, and breathes new life in to what was formerly a disused building.

“This historic building looks fantastic and has been given the respect it deserves in its new life as luxury apartments.

“Alongside the apartments, the restoration works to the ground floor and basement have created an ideal location for a food and beverage offer, which we hope to bring forward later this year.”

The White Lion was originally a coaching inn on the main route in and out of Stockport and close to the only crossing point of the Mersey at Lancashire Bridge.

The pub was rebuilt several times over the centuries and was re-fronted in a mock Tudor black and white style in 1823.

The last major remodelling took place in 1904-1906, giving the building the distinctive features it still carries today.

The renovation of the White Lion forms part of the council’s £7m investment in the Underbanks and Market Place.