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Marple Local History Society Trips in 2010 - 2011

The 2010 - 2011 season saw us trekking over the Pennines, into and beyond Manchester before a final trip gliding along one of our local canals aboard the narrowboat "Bell".

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athenaeum grand soireeMore Than a Dance

When searching the Archives, I occasionally come across something unusual and seemingly unconnected to the Society, such as this invitation. Why is it there, and what is its connection to Marple? It is unlikely we will ever know for sure, but perhaps a clue is handwritten on the back: ‘Edmund Buckley Esq MP’. I shall come back to Mr Buckley but first, let’s consider this invitation from The Athenaeum Society of Manchester to attend a grand soireé in the Free Trade Hall under the chairmanship of Mr Benjamin Disraeli, MP.

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Town Street, Marple Bridge

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Snow clearance Dale School, late 1960s

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The joy of sledging

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Early 1900s: Ridge Road, Marple.

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On a snowy day in January 2010

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Duice Street, a Christmas during the First World War

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The house is on Vale Road, beyond Chadkirk Chapel and Chadkirk farm. The road, no longer open to vehicles, climbs steeply up to Burymewick and the house is located just before the road passes under the small canal aqueduct. This was the old road from Otterspool Bridge to the centre of Romiley.

The house looks as though it could have been a tollhouse but there is no evidence to prove this. Because of its peculiar shape, it has had some creative nicknames over the years, including the Mouse Trap, the Pepperpot and the Concertina House. Its name is Kirkwood Cottage.

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Winter Wonderland, Marple Bridge

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Thames Frost Fair, 1683–84, by Thomas Wyke

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Alexandra Road, Manchester - 1897

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1947 skaters

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On a snowy day, a flash of red

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Christmas Tree Festival, St. Martins Church

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A view of the houses at the top of Church Street, near the canal.

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On the canal near Goyt Mill

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Dooley Lane, in earlier snowy days

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Spade Forge, Marple Bridge

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Somerset - 1963

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A tricky day on Brabyns Brow

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Delivery of coal, to the Manchester Poor, Christmas 1930

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The milk will get through!

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Manchester - Sheffield Train, 1940

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Santa arrives by the New Horizon Boat at the Forces Club

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Derbyshire 1947 - climbing the north face of the Devonshire Arms, believed to be the Sparrowpit hostelry since re-named the Wanted Inn

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22This part of Hibbert Lane may have been classed as Hawk Green when the postcard was published but it is now definitely in Marple. The wall and gateposts in the foreground belong to a substantial house, Stoke Lacy, which was built after the 1891 census was completed and before the1901 census was taken. William Chapman (Superintendent Railway Goods Depot) and his wife Adelaide lived there in 1901 together with 3 servants. In 1911, Henry Forth (agent and employer - aniline dyes & chemicals) and his wife Annabella were there with daughter Irene and 2 servants. We also know that there were 12 rooms, which included the kitchen but excluded the scullery, bathroom and water closet. The gates in the distance belong to Cotefield or Yately.

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