Marple Local History Society 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!


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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February 18th 2013: The Together Trust

In February 2013 the Society will welcome Liz Sykes , archivist at the Together Trust, who will guide us through the history of the trust.The Together Trust was founded as the Manchester and Salford Boys and Girls Refuges and Homes in 1870 by Leonard Kilbee Shaw and Richard Bramwell Taylor, who were Sunday school teachers at St Ann's Church, Manchester. They were determined to take some action to help the many children and young people whom they observed living rough on the city's streets.

The photograph left shows applicants for the Summer Camp at Birkdale queuing at the Children's Shelter on Chatham Street for a place.

Read more: February 18th 2013: The Together Trust

January 21st 2013: The Kinder Trespass

This will now take place on 21st. October 2013

Keith Warrender in October 2013 will bring us us the story of the occasion when Bowden Bridge Quarry, Hayfield, saw the start of a mass trespass, that marked the start of the campaign for freer access to the countryside which culminated in the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000. 400 people participated in the trespass onto Kinder Scout, a bleak moorland plateau, the highest terrain in the Peak District. As the trespassers scrambled towards the Kinder Plateau they came face to face with the Duke of Devonshire's gamekeepers. Scuffles ensued, as the result of which five men from Manchester were jailed including the leader Benny Rothman.

December 10th 2012: Wellington Wheel Pit, Mellor Mill

Wellington Wheel Pit

From somewhere in the hall came the cry “Who’s been messing with my mill”, eyes darted round the room seeking the source. Then the kitchen door opened, light flooded into the gloom and through it came……

The members had come for the Christmas Party that evening.  Eight tables were filled with them. All sat patiently, or did they, as others took their turns at the festive feast spread out, brought by all, and shared by all. Decks cleared, they settled back to hear the story of Mellor Mill and the Wellington wheel pit from Bob Humphrey-Taylor. But then whispers began, “Where is Bob”, “He was here five minutes ago”, but now, nowhere to be seen. And who is that coming through that kitchen door? (L. Wellington Wheel Pit)

Read more: December 10th 2012: Wellington Wheel Pit, Mellor Mill

November 19th 2012: Dunham Massey

Once upon a time, on a dark November evening, the folk of Marple, scanned their calendars, and diaries. And perhaps, they thought, ‘Dunham Massey?’ at the History Society tonight.  Been there, been round, been for a scone and a pot of tea, and left with the T-shirt. What more can I learn? If the decision was made to put their feet up for that evening, and give Peter's memorable talk a miss, what a treat they missed ! Peter Braun visited the Society that night, to deliver an entertaining and memorable talk on the National Trust property of Dunham Massey Hall and Gardens. Peter gave us a virtual tour of the house, both interior and exterior with his illustrated talk. Using this aid, Peter wove a fascinating story of the house and those families associated with the same.

Read more: November 19th 2012:  Dunham Massey

October 15th 2012: Guernsey Evacuees in the North-West

Guerensey refugees in CheshireIn October 2012, Gillian Mawson visited the Society to present a talk on Guernsey Refugees of the Second World War in the North West.

Gillian began her research into this subject in 2008, at the University of Manchester, concentrating on the thousands of evacuees, both children and their teachers, that arrived in unfamiliar  industrial towns in Lancashire, Cheshire and Yorkshire, as refugees in 1940. Gillian's research has included interviewing  some of those who took part in this flight to the mainland.

Read more: October 15th  2012: Guernsey Evacuees in the North-West