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Marple Festival 2021The crowds are back at Marple Festival, by Arthur Procter.Sep 28, 2021
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Marple Festival 2021The crowds are back at Marple Festival, by Arthur Procter.Sep 28, 2021
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Marple Festival 2021Sign here at Marple Festival, by Arthur Procter.Sep 28, 2021
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Marple Festival 2021The crowds are back at Marple Festival, by Arthur Procter.Sep 28, 2021
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Marple Festival 2021The stalls are back at Marple Festival, by Arthur Procter.Sep 28, 2021
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Marple Festival 2021Cancer Research UK at Marple Festival, by Arthur Procter.Sep 28, 2021
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Marple Festival 2021Chiselled Features by Paul at Marple Festival, by Arthur Procter.Sep 28, 2021
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Marple Festival 2021Makers Market at Marple Festival, by Arthur Procter.Sep 28, 2021

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EventsEvents in Marple are dominated by Marple Carnival, which has been a huge success for many years and has it own album. In addition there have been many other processions, dedications and celebrations, as well as several less enjoyable incidents including fires, floods, explosions and crashes when someone just happened to have a camera at the ready.
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Miscellaneous Events


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Events as varied as an explosion on Stockport Road, the burning down of the Bowling Green Pub and flooding at Chadkirk are featured in this album.

525 files, last one added on Mar 25, 2021
Album viewed 2885 times

Remembrance Services


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Remembrance Services in Marple Memorial Park.

436 files, last one added on Nov 19, 2019
Album viewed 1776 times

Marple Carnivals (Vintage)


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The 'Revived' Marple Carnival has been running since 1962. Prior to this it's not clear how often they were held but there is evidence in this album that they started as early as 1905. Click here to read more about the history of Marple Carnival.

196 files, last one added on Jul 16, 2017
Album viewed 4132 times

Dedication of Memorial Park 1922


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On Saturday 22nd July 1922 Marple War Memorial Park was dedicated to the people of Marple by the Carver-Barlow family during a Historical Pageant illustrating Events in the Life of Marple for Early Times. These amazing photos from that day, probably taken by official photographer W.V. Garner, mean we can dedicate a complete album to this event.

33 files, last one added on Dec 24, 2015
Album viewed 1123 times

Snow in the 1940s


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Modern winters just don't compare to those in Marple during the 1940s but everyone still looks like they're having a great time. There is some conflict about dates for certain photos as they are included in Marple Local History archives in different folders with different details. In these cases both copies are included with the conflicting captions. If you any more information about these times, please get in touch.

34 files, last one added on Apr 29, 2012
Album viewed 1437 times

Marple Rally of Boats


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Marple Rally of Boats was a national campaigning event to focus attention on the unnavigable state of Marple Locks, the Peak Forest Canal and Ashton Canals. The first large rally was in 1966 (200+ boats). These events kick-started the voluntary efforts by a number of organisation including the Peak Forest Canal Society and Inland Waterways Association, which culminated with reopening of boat canals in 1974.

40 files, last one added on Mar 09, 2020
Album viewed 187 times

Queen's visit to Marple 1968


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On 16 May 1968 her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II visited Marple to take a look at the work done by Marple Civic Society to revitalise the Possett Bridge area of Marple's Peak Forest Canal. The photos in this album were published by Gordon Mills in a commemorative programme.

13 files, last one added on Jun 12, 2009
Album viewed 1608 times

Oldknow Bicentenary Celebrations 1990


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In June 1990 the Marple Community held a two week long festival called Oldknow 200 to celebrate the achievements of Samuel Oldknow and the bicentenary of the erection of Mellor Mill in 1790. The photos in this album have been provided by Marple Local History Society. If you dig through your drawers and find any more we'd be pleased to add them too.

33 files, last one added on Jun 28, 2009
Album viewed 1495 times

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PeopleWe've got so many pictures of people in a huge variety of different situations that we've had to divide them up into separate albums. We've done this by splitting them loosely into large formal groups in one album and smaller informal groups and individuals in the other.
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Larger Groups


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This album contains photographs of larger groups, usually formally posed, ranging from Marple Swimming Club, to Marple Band and local schools to football and hockey teams. Some are unidentified, so if you know then please tell us.

213 files, last one added on Aug 24, 2021
Album viewed 2785 times

Smaller Groups and Individuals


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This album contains a huge variety of people pictures in all kinds of circumstances. Mainly individuals and smaller informal groups (but not always) what these photographs all have in common is a strong link to Marple and District.

404 files, last one added on Apr 02, 2021
Album viewed 6255 times

All Saints' School


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The first All Saints’ National School was established in Marple in 1831 in the upper room of the barn at Chapel House Farm on Suttons Lane. The first school building on the present site was constructed in 1837 and this was replaced by a new building in 1902 that remains today, albeit extended significantly in 1964.

49 files, last one added on Aug 26, 2014
Album viewed 5162 times

Albert British Day Schools


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The Albert British Day Schools were established in 1868 by the Carver family in the Sunday school buildings on Church Lane that were linked with the Congregational Chapel (now United Reformed Church) that they had erected on Hibbert Lane in 1865. Apparently attendance at the school ensured half-time employment at Hollins Mill!

17 files, last one added on Apr 20, 2019
Album viewed 1014 times

Ludworth School


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Ludworth was opened in the Autumn of 1908 under the headmastership of Mr Alfed Heppleston, when it was part of the Derbyshire Education Authority. Following receipt of a large number of photos relating mainly to the headmastership of Mr Harold Butterworth between 1912 and the 1930s this album has been created to hold all photos relating to the school and those that were scattered throughout other albums on the site have been moved here to bring them all together.

60 files, last one added on Aug 29, 2011
Album viewed 1506 times

Ardern / Harrop Family


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A file from Marple Local History Society's Archives on the Ardern family of Marple Bridge that illustrates how important it is to properly label your photos for future generations. Unfortunately this collection isn't well documented, so many names are missing. Please get in touch if you recognise anyone or spot any errors.

56 files, last one added on Jul 21, 2014
Album viewed 1144 times

Marple Firefighters


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An album dedicated to Marple Fire Station and the Whole and Retained Firefighters who have served their community over many years.

52 files, last one added on May 10, 2008
Album viewed 1907 times

Marple's Women's Land Army Girl


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In her 90th year Mrs Jean Procter MBE ( MBE received in 1998 for services to the Women's Land Army) went to number 10 Downing Street in London, on the 23rd July 2008, to receive her Badge and Certificate for War time effort in the Women's Land Army. She was one of 50 ladies to go to London to meet Gordon Brown and to be presented with her badge and certificate by Hillary Benn MP. Photos by Kathryn Procter.

7 files, last one added on Apr 30, 2010
Album viewed 576 times

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Marple 2000 - The Millennium GalleriesLocal photographer David Brindley worked on this Lottery funded project with Marple Local History Society for over twelve months during the year 2000. The objective was to create a photographic archive of Marple at the turn of the millennium, the old postcards of tomorrow so to speak. Their efforts culminated in an exhibition in Marple Library during May 2001 that featured shots of people and places in Marple taken during millennium year. We have now been given access to the archives and plan to put them on-line progressively, hopefully enlisting David’s help with the captions. This category is under construction.
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Local Shops


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Photographs of local shops from inside and out taken by David Brindley in the year 2000 as part of the Millennium Project for Marple Local History Society.

81 files, last one added on Jun 13, 2010
Album viewed 4395 times

Street Scenes


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Photographs of local street scenes taken by David Brindley in the year 2000 as part of the Millennium Project for Marple Local History Society.

34 files, last one added on Jun 13, 2010
Album viewed 915 times

Canals & Waterways


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Photographs of Marple's canals and waterways taken by David Brindley in the year 2000 as part of the Millennium Project for Marple Local History Society.

9 files, last one added on Oct 11, 2009
Album viewed 676 times

Events


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Photographs of events in Marple taken by David Brindley in the year 2000 as part of the Millennium Project for Marple Local History Society.

10 files, last one added on Jun 13, 2010
Album viewed 513 times

Public Places


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Photographs of public places in Marple taken by David Brindley in the year 2000 as part of the Millennium Project for Marple Local History Society.

8 files, last one added on Jun 13, 2010
Album viewed 578 times

 

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Marple Children's Orthopaedic Hospital (Treetops)Originally built in 1912 by the Cripples Help Society to give disabled children a holiday, Treetops became a Children's Orthopaedic Hospital in the 1930s. We've included this album of photos from the 1930s under 'People & Events' as it's more about the people who stayed there than the building itself.
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Marple Childrens' Orthopaedic Hospital


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Treetops had its own X-ray facilities, plaster room and even an iron lung for polio victims. Many of the children were long term patients, some staying for up to two years. Most of the photos in this album are believed to be taken during a 1930s Christmas. Treetops closed its doors for the last time towards the end of 2001 and homes are now built on the site.

106 files, last one added on Feb 12, 2021
Album viewed 10450 times

 

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1905 Crippled Children's Home on Cross Lane3669 viewsA holiday home for crippled children was started in a cottage on Cross Lane in 1907, which led to the building of the Children's Orthopaedic Hospital in Dale Road. But this postcard is dated 1905 on the back! From Marple Local History Society Archives.
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Rose Hill Station in winter3098 viewsThe severe winter of 1947 brings chaos to the trains at Rose Hill Station - You can just make out the chimney of the Railway pub in the background.
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Children's Orthopaedic Hospital c1947-492895 viewsA ceremony outside the Children's Orthopaedic Hospital some time between 1947 and 1949.
See comment for names. Click the photo for a larger version.
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Children's Orthopaedic Hospital 19462825 viewsA live radio broadcast from the Orthopaedic Hospital in 1946 including Wilfred Pickles, Violet Carson, Doris Groves and Hugh Morton. The program was called 'Stuff and Nonsense'.
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Bowling Green Fire2772 views11th September 2001 - Whilst history on a global scale was being made in New York.
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Willows School Teachers 1953/542727 viewsWillows School teachers in 1953/54.
L-R (Back) Mr. Robinson, Mr. Trevor (Taffy) Williams, Mr. Percy Jackson, Mr. (Daddy) Hayes.
(Front) Mrs. Greenwood (School Secretary), Mrs. Hulker, Mrs. J. Booth, Headmaster Mr Reginald Stanton (Korky) Edwards, 2 unknowns & Mrs Bloomfield.
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Queen's visit to Marple 1968 - 092622 viewsThe Queen meets the young people of Marple in May 1968. The young lady between the Queen and the girl guide is Diane Chew. Can you identify any of the others?
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Bowling Competition 1963-642586 viewsCouncil Chairman in 1963-64 J. H. Grimshaw (with the chain) and his council team were defeated in a competition with Memorial Park Bowling Club. From Marple Local History Society Archives.

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Marple Carnival 2014Carnival Parade, by Arthur Procter.
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Memorial Park Royalty CrowningNewly crowned Pricess Phoebe Potts, by Mark Whittaker.
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Festival Ball - Day 15Festival Ball at Marple Cricket Club. By Arthur Procter.
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Marple Carnival 1976Carnival Parade in 1976. Provided by Ray Noble.
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Santa at Dragon Miniature RailwaySanta's Grotto at the Dragon Miniature Railway organised by Romiley and Marple Lions. Photo by Arthur Procter,
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Mellor Mill Heritage DayMellor Mill Heritage Day at Roman Lakes on Sunday 7 September 2014. By Arthur Procter.
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Day 11 - Acoustic SoupCream of Acoustic Soup at the Cricket Club. By Svetlana Roberts.
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St George's Day Parade 2013Marple's St George's Day Parade on Sunday 21 April 2013. Photo by Terry Wood.

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