Next Meeting: Bentley Boys


Monday 20th September - David Skillen

In 1919 Walter Owen Bentley built his first motor car. It was the beginning of one of the most charismatic marques in motor racing.

But equally fascinating are the men-about-town who drove these magnificent cars, Woolf Barnato, Tim Birkin, Glenn Kidston, Dudley Benjafield and others. Their exploits, on and off the track, led to their name “The Bentley Boys”. They summed up the devil may care attitude of the Roaring Twenties.

After a period in the doldrums the name Bentley arose once more in the 1980s and today they still make luxury, fast motors cars, the drivers of which probably still imagine themselves as “Bentley Boys”.


Enrolment Evening: Please bring a cheque payable to Marple Local History Society or have the correct cash ready.  £10.00 per person

(Doors open 7pm, Meeting commences at 7.45pm)

At a glance: Meetings 2021 - 2022 Season

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Emmeline Pankhurst statue unveiled in Manchester 14th December 2018

Season 2021 - 2022

  • 20th September:  David Skillen - 'Bentley Boys'
  • 18th October: Andy Smith -  'Living & working in Antartica'
  • 15th November: Andrew Simcock - 'The story of the Pankhurst Statue'
  • 13th December (2nd Mon.): Craig Wright - 'A History of Rose Hill Station'
  • 17th January:  Frank Pleszak -  'Second World War bombing of New Mills and Hayfield'
  • 21st February: David Kitching - 'The history of Norbury Colliery'
  • 21st March:  Ted Hancock - 'Queen Victoria’s visit to Sheffield in 1897'
  • 25thApril:  AGM &  Prof. Hannah Barker - ‘History through objects: what samplers tell us about the past’