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Brabyns Park EntranceBrabyns entrance with Gardener's Cottage left and high wall around the estate right. From Marple Local History Society Archives. Mar 05, 2016
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Hudson, Ann (1794-1884)A photograph of Anne Hudson in the latter years of her life provided by St. Martin's Church via Marple Local History Society.Aug 13, 2014
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Dancing at Brabyns HallYoung ladies dancing on the lawn of Brabyns Hall in 1929. Provided by Ray Noble.Jan 21, 2013
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Dancing at Brabyns HallYoung ladies dancing on the lawn of Brabyns Hall in 1929. Provided by Ray Noble.Jan 21, 2013
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Dancing at Brabyns HallYoung ladies dancing on the lawn of Brabyns Hall in 1929. Provided by Ray Noble.Jan 21, 2013
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Brabyns Park 1958Brabyns Park taken by Gordon Mills in June 1958.Oct 06, 2012
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Brabyns Park 1958Brabyns Park taken by Gordon Mills in January 1958.Oct 06, 2012
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Brabyns Park 1958Brabyns Park taken by Gordon Mills in June 1958.Oct 06, 2012


Brabyns Hall & Estate


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During the Great War Brabyns Hall was used as a Military Hospital. Sadly, plans to turn the Hall into an Art Gallery, Museum, Reference Library or Assembly Hall, as a memorial to the local men who died in the war, were to fail, and it was demolished in 1952. The estate was turned into a public park in 1949 and today is owned by Stockport Metropolitan Council, and is a thriving asset, extensively used and highly valued by the people of Marple.

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Marple's Iron Bridge


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Although the hall did not survive the destructive period in the 1950s and 60s when many of Marple's historic buildings were demolished, the Iron Bridge did. Today the bridge is the subject of a community driven restoration campaign that has succesfully raised £556,000 to restore the bridge to its former glory. Click here to read more about the Iron Bridge.

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Iron Bridge Restoration


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This new album will become a photographic record of the restoration of the Iron Bridge in Brabyns Park. The Iron Bridge Restoration Project is a partnership between the Marple Website, Marple Local History Society and Stockport Council. For more information about the Iron Bridge and the campaign for its restoration visit The Iron Bridge Project Diary.

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Scroll Bridge Restoration


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The Scroll Bridge was orginally built a few years before the Iron Bridge, in 1804. That's around the same time that the Marple Locks were being completed. The bridge was badley damaged and partially demolished in 1991, when the Bailey bridge was installed. These photos chart its restoration in 2007.

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Brabyns Hall1821 viewsA view of the rear of Brabyns Hall from across the pond, which is still there.
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Brabyns Hall1527 viewsA view of Brabyns Hall from the rear taken from beside the pond.
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Brabyns Hall1466 viewsAnother view of the rear of Brabyns Hall from across the pond.
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Brabyns Hall in Wartime1415 viewsA large crowd of casualties, nurses and staff at the rear of Brabyns Hall with Miss Fanny Hudson in her usual position at the heart of them all.
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Brabyns Hall1347 viewsAnother view of the rear of Brabyns Hall from across the pond.
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Brabyns Hall1317 viewsCasualties are taken in through the front entrance of Brabyns Hall.
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Brabyns Hall in Wartime1249 viewsBrabyns Hall was used as a Military Hospital during the Great War.
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Brabyns Hall in Wartime1222 viewsA shot of the front of Brabyns Hall when it was used as a Military Hospital during WW1.

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2007-10-04 Grit blasting finishedFlaws and blow-holes in the surface of the central rib are revealed by the grit blasting. These have always been there since they were cast at the factory.
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2008-04-02 Gas Main Rerouting / First SHS InstallationA view of the crane preparing to lift the SHS into position immediately above where this photo is taken from.
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2011-11-06 Viewing Platform ImprovementsScaffolding erected ready for the Viewing Platform improvements.
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2008-06-06 Modern InterventionA view across the bridge from the park side showing the finshed surface (covered).
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2008-06-22 Opening CeremonyAnd yet more crowds flood onto the bridge to test it out.
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2007-09-05 Removal of "fill"The hard work continues and now over half the fill has been removed.
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2007-09-14 Scaffolding continuesThe scaffolding work progresses to create a working platform under the bridge.
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2008-05-16 Wing Walls and RailsIt's a long time since the railings on the iron bridge have looked this good.

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