Marple Local History Society

Marple, Marple Bridge, Mellor, Compstall, Strines, Hawk Green, Rose Hill, High Lane.

Society members, Ann and Dave Williams have donated two items to the Archives. The first is a china mug [below] commemorating peace following the Great World War.

The Treaty of Versailles was signed on the 18th June 1919, following which the Government declared a National Celebration of Peace day on the 19th July 1919 “the whole day to be given up to organised national rejoicings”.

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The second is a silver plated matchbox holder in the shape of a book. Both sides open, one for matches, the other for stamps. What makes this box more interesting is the inscription:

R Hambleton
53 Robert Walter Street
August 1st 1907

A search of census records reveals that Robert was born in Compstall in 1860, the youngest of 5 children. His parents, Obadiah and Jane were from Mellor and Obadiah was a labourer at Compstall Mill. By 1891 Robert was also working at the mill, as a cotton weaver. Sometime during the next 10 years he married Rebecca, moved to Beacom Fold and they had 3 children, Sarah, Ernest and Emma. By 1901 the family were living at 53 Robert Walter Street and this was his home in 1911 when his daughter in law Eliza and grandson Robert aged 2 were living there too. Sadly, the census also confirms that his son Ernest and daughter Sarah had died. Why Robert was given this box is a mystery, perhaps to celebrate a birthday or work anniversary? If you know more about Robert, please contact us.

Hilary Atkinson, February 2023