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Marple Local History Society Meetings

Meetings

The Society generally meets on the third Monday of the month from September to April, apart from December. the meeting is then  held on the second Monday of the month.

Doors open 7:15pm ready for the meeting at 7:45. Access is via the main entrance on Church Lane (opposite Mount Drive) and the meetings will be held in the church itself on the ground floor.

The church includes a hearing aid loop system which is most effective for people sitting near the side walls and in the rear pews of the church.

Venue and Location

The meetings take place in Marple Methodist Church on Church Lane in Marple.  Postcode: SK6 7AY

Visitors are welcome to attend at a cost of £3. But look below for details of our Membership bargains!

Subscriptions

The annual subscription for the Society is £10 for 8 meetings,so there's a bargain you can take up !

This also allows participation in the Society's trips.

Membership is available at all meetings.

Use the menus on the right to browse our past and present meeting topics.

To park near to Marple Methodist Church

There are double yellow lines immediately outside the church, but there is limited on street parking further up Church Lane on the right hand side, down Empress Avenue and on Mount Drive.

There is a large car park, Chadwick Street Car Park, (SK6 6BY) between Trinity Street  and Chadwick Street, Marple. Access is from Stockport Road onto Trinity Street and from Church Lane onto Chadwick Street, exit is made via Trinity Street, in the direction of Church Lane. It is a pay and display car park, however, at the time of writing, October 2014, parking is free after 6pm.

The location of the Methodist Church  on Church Lane (red marker) is shown on the map below and you can enter your postcode to get directions there, or to the car park Chadwick Street) nearby (blue marker):

 

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16th March 2015: The Big Ditch: The Building of Manchester Ship Canal

gmiii mcag 1991 59 largeGlen Atkinson began the talk with a health warning - disciples of Health and Safety might find some of the scenes disturbing. In the event no one chose to leave the auditorium and it was just as well because they would have missed a fascinating description of an engineering marvel. When it was opened on 1st January 1894 it was the largest river navigation in the world and even today it is still the eighth longest ship canal in the world.There are plenty of superlatives to attach to the project including the cost overrun from £6.5 million to £14.5 million but Glen concentrated on describing the actual building of the canal with the benefit of an engineer’s eye.

Read more: 16th March 2015: The Big Ditch: The Building of Manchester Ship Canal

February 16th 2015: Longdendale Valley in Retrospect

Commercial INNWhat a choice! What was it to be? United versus Preston North End in the Fifth Round of the Cup or David Frith talking about his native Longdendale? For 101 members and visitors to Marple History there was no contest. David Frith, of course. And David did us proud. It was not so much a lecture as a love poem, conducting us from Woodhead to Mottram with many side excursions on the way.

This many-faceted transport corridor has seen huge changes over time but particularly in the last two hundred years. Historically the valley formed the panhandle of Cheshire - the thin piece of land that projects towards Yorkshire.To prove the point, the upper reaches of the Etherow is known as Salter’s Brook.

Read more: February 16th 2015: Longdendale Valley in Retrospect

January 19th. 2015 Hollins Mill, who owned it ?

Work in progress, in Hollins Mill.

Hollins Mill, four storeys high, 30m long and 15m wide, stood on the site that is now occupied by Hollins Parade and the Co-Op store, soon to be Asda.

For our first meeting in 2015, Ann Hearle, author of our latest publication, ‘Hollins Mill, The heart of Marple for over one hundred years’, will took us on journey through the history of this lost landmark. During our travel through that evening, Ann enlightened us on the workings of the mill, its impact on the history of Marple, how workers and the mill were managed, the owners of the mill, and the fate of these owners and the mill.

Read more: January 19th. 2015 Hollins Mill, who owned it ? 

December 8th 2014: Where are we now ?

Our December meeting broke new ground. We had three of our members giving short introductory talks on subjects that interested them.

 Anthony Burton began proceedings with a novel approach to a familiar subject – Samuel Oldknow as an architect. His thesis was that, although there was no architectural style associated with Oldknow there were certain design features that were commonly used across many of the buildings. The only building that we know had an architect was All Saints church where Robert Goldsmith was in charge but there is a continuity of design across all Oldknow’s buildings in Marple that would suggest a clerk of works or a master mason working closely with Samuel.

Read more: December 8th 2014: Where are we now ? 

November 17th 2014: Oh! What a Lovely War?

2014 has seen the commemoration of a century passing since the inception of the First World War. Our speaker in November our Steve Williams  delivered a talk on WW1, ‘Oh! What a Lovely War?’.

Oh what a lovely war?

The question mark was important, Steve Williams, our speaker for the evening, assured us. Steve is an expert on the First World War and leads tours there but his object this evening was to put the conflicts of the war into an overall context and to show some of the realities of the “War to end all wars.” - Quite a challenge to cover four years in just over an hour.

Read more: November 17th 2014: Oh! What a Lovely War?