Marple’s Hidden Gem

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Have you found Marple’s Hidden Gem yet? Maybe you have walked past it, or by it many times without realising it

The gem is St. Martin’s Church, Low Marple on Brabyns Brow, next to Marple Station. This church, quite modest from the outside has many wonderful windows and artefacts designed and made by eminent artists and architects.

In 1866 Ann Hudson inherited Brabyns Hall. She decided to have a church built nearby and chose an upcoming young architect, John Dando Sedding to draw up plans in the Gothic style. Sedding commissioned the William Morris firm – a group of artists in the Arts and Crafts Movement – including Gabriel Dante Rossetti, Edward Burne-Jones and Ford Madox Brown, to design stained glass windows. St. Martin’s was founded in 1867.


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The Artistic Religious Environment

St Martins

Why do churches look the way they do ?

Study afternoon. Some religious traditions like artistic settings for their observances, others need simplicity.

With Geoff Brammall and Anthony Burton:

  • 2.00 Geoff Brammall surveys diverse worship traditions.
  • 3.00 Afternoon Tea.
  • 3.40 Anthony Burton describes diverse buildings devised to suit the various traditions.

Saturday 13 April 2019, 2.00 to 4.30:

The hall is behind the church, which is on Brabyns Brow, Marple, next to Marple station
ALL WELCOME Admission £8 at the door -


Please (in order to ensure that we make enough tea) sign up in advance by contacting Ann Sayer on 0161 427 2542 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Hudsons of Brabyns

Brabyns Hall

Talk by Mark Hudson

St Martin’s was founded and cherished by three generations of ladies of the Hudson family of Brabyns Hall. Mark Hudson, a descendant, tells us about the wider history of the family. Ranging from Tudor to Victorian times, linking with wider national history.

Thursday 25th April 2019, at 7.30pm at Martin's Church, Brabyns Brow, Marple (next to Marple station)


Admission £8 at the door - including refreshments afterwards.