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.
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.
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.
This summer we had a coach trip to Bolsover Castle and Heage Windmill on 7th July. The coach picked us up in the usual places at 8:30 am. It turned out to be a rather rattly old bus with a friendly driver and some strange, but useful properties...
Read on to discover the joys it brought in a wet summer!
This year our Spring Outing took the form of two walks in the valley of the River Etherow as it emerges from Longdendale. Both were led by David Frith who grew up in the area and gave an interesting talk to the Society a few years ago. The morning walk was in the village of Broadbottom and Mottram was visited in the afternoon.
Neil Mullineux reports...
In 1945 Aneurin Bevan depicted Britain as “an island of coal surrounded by a sea of fish.” This memorable image may no longer hold true but the heritage remains and our visit to the National Coal Mining Museum in Wakefield demonstrated just what a role coal has played in our development over the last two centuries.