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Marple Local History Society Trips

Each year members of the Society have a choice of trips to various historical locations to choose from, the cost of which varies dependent on the destination.

Some times we leave Marple early in the morning to visit factories and mills many miles away before returning in the evening. We've been to Blackpool to climb the tower, eating fish and chips to fortify us for a trip on a tram to see the lights. We've also had an afternoon trip along the Peak Forest Canal before a buffet at the Ring o' Bells.

Stott Bobbin Mill

May 2013: Uncovering Mellor Mill

Sunday 12th May 2013

Samuel Oldknow started building Mellor Mill in 1790, and, at six storeys high and four hundred feet long, it was the largest water powered cotton spinning mill ever built in this country.  The mill spun cotton yarn for a hundred years until on a dark November night in 1892, fire broke out and gutted the building.  It was too badly damaged to be repaired. The walls fell down in a thick layer of rubble, trees grew everywhere, adding layers of fallen leaves and soil to hide all the features.

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October 2012: Peterloo Walk

In early October Jonathan Schofield had opened the season of the Society with a lively and informative talk on the Peterloo Massacre.A sunny day in August 1819 brought an event that echoes down through the years as a turning point in suffrage of the population and the role of the press in the reporting of political events. Though the government of the time cracked down on reform with the passing of Six Acts,the tide of democracy had begun to rise.

Read more: October 2012: Peterloo Walk