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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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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?

October 20th 2014: Congleton, a textile town

In 2013 Judith arranged a visit to Congleton and Ian acted as our host and guide. As well as showing us around the little gem of a museum, of which he is the curator, he also led us on a fascinating walk around the town. This time Ian returned the compliment by visiting Marple but he still had to sing for his supper. Rather than covering the complete history of Congleton he elected to concentrate on the last 250 years and show how the textile industry has shaped the town.

Read more: October 20th 2014: Congleton, a textile town

September 15th 2014: Footpads, Kings and Highwaymen

On September 15th the new season of talks and the new venue will see a curtain-raiser presentation from Ian Morgan. Ian will enlighten of the history of the A1 road. The A1 – renowned as being the route from London to Edinburgh has changed its path and even its name many times over the years, yet as the travellers pass on their way do they know just how fortunate they are? Ian writes “We shall see the scenes of horrific battles, the haunts of highwaymen, the sites of murder and much, much more… Get ready for a rollercoaster ride of horror and humour as the stories of this ancient highway unfold.” The A1 is the longest numbered road in the UK, at 410 miles (660 km). It was designated by the Ministry of Transport in 1921, and for much of its route it followed various branches of the Great North Road. The Great North Road was a coaching route used by mail coaches between London, York and Edinburgh.

At a glance: Speakers 2014 -15 Season

Date, Speaker and Subject

  • 15th September 2014: Ian Morgan - Footpads, Kings and Highwaymen
  • 20th October: Ian Doughty Congleton: A Textile Town
  • 17th November: Steve Williams - Oh! What a Lovely War?
  • 8th December: David Burridge - Where are we now?
  • 19th January 2015: Ann Hearle - Hollins Mill, who owned it?
  • 16th February: David Frith - A History of Longdendale Valley
  • 16th March: Glen Atkinson - The Big Ditch: The building of the Manchester Ship Canal
  • 20th April: Neil Mullineux - Marple Hall-The Inside Story