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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September 2011: Detective Work in Local History

Manchester in Old Postcards

On 19 September 2011, Chris Makepeace's talk opened the season. Chris came to the Evangenical Hall on a  light September evening, with members hurrying to renew or take out their first membership.  As the evening grew into night, Chris talked of the solving some of the mysteries of local history research, in an effort to put in place that last piece of the jigsaw.

Read more: September 2011: Detective Work in Local History

The Society Meetings 2010 - 2011

September 2010: Railways of Marple & Rose Hill Revisited

Warwick Burton


October 2010: Manchester Airport

John Northwood


November 2010: Stockport Workhouse

Kevin Dranfield


December 2010: Christmas Party – Members only

A Year in Mellor – from the new DVD ‘Life on the Edge’


January 2011: Mary Queen of Scots - The Captive Queen

David Templeman


February 2011: More Memories of Marple Bridge and Ludworth

Peter Corcoran


March 2011: AVRO at Woodford

Kevin Whittaker


April 2011: AGM – followed by: The Roman Lakes, Marple

Ken Owen


July 2011: Cheese & Wine Evening

at the Old Vicarage, Mellor