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Stories from the Archives

Browse through this collection of stories drawn from many sources including the Society's archive, newspapers and online sources. The catalyst to begin research varies from an inquiry that comes to Society, a document that arrives at the archive, or another trigger that sets the delving off.

Hollins Mill 1911:Dressed up for George V's Coronation

Midnight Scene at Marple Station 1908

marple stationA story of a strange things going on, one night, at Marple Station......

In 1908 the station had extensive station buildings - the Midland waiting room having upholstered seats and a coal fire in an attractive fireplace for cold winter days.  The change from a main line to suburban station had begun with an increase in residential traffic to Manchester, compared with ten years previously. This spurred on the building of new houses in the area, with fine residences for the well-off Manchester commuters being developed in  Ley Hey Park, near the station, and other areas.

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Marple Bridge Past and Present

View Across BridgeFeatured article: from the 'Stories from the Archives' section.

In 1991 an exhibition was held in the upstairs hall of the old Sunday School building on Town Street to celebrate the rebuilding of the river wall, now flats, doctors and dentists surgeries.  The river wall had collapsed in 1991, leading to closure of Town Street for a year.

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A Long Lived Mellor Family

High Peak reporter: June 14th 1924

A Long Lived Mellor Family

Newhouse Hill, MellorFive brothers whose ages aggregate 373 years.

The total ages of five brothers, natives of Mellor, Derbyshire, namely Stephen, Alfred, Edwin, Abraham and Jesse Marshall amount to an aggregate of 373 years.  They are the surviving sons of the late Mr Samuel Marshall who died in 1902 aged 91 years.  He served his time as a hatter and worked at Ridgway’s at Smithy Lane, Chatterton Lane, Ludworth.

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HMS Maple: How Marple Swept the Seas in WWII

Warship Weeks were held across Britain in 1941 and were vital fundraisers for the Government. The story of how Marple came to adopt minesweeper HMS Maple was lost to memory until one phone call brought events back to the surface. Leslie Howard and Noel Coward help to explain and we see how a new community effort has restored an important piece of history to pride of place.

Marple's Changing Face

Gordon Mills, yes a printer, but much, much more. Born in 1935, Gordon is remembered in Marple for his vast knowledge of the town’s history, for his books, his work both as a publisher and a photographer. His enthusiasm for the restoration of canals and waterways helped in their re-birth. Though, sadly, Gordon died in 2006, he has left publications that will continue to bring pleasure in the years to come.

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