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Lodge, OscarOscar Lodge used to interpret people’s character from their handwriting. He did this for various charities and ‘good causes’ like the Carver Playhouse, but didn’t always dress up - in my mother’s 1930s dressing gown back to front! In this picture he’s at a garden party in aid of the Carver in the Headridges’ garden at the end of Dale Road overlooking the deep valley of the Goyt towards the viaduct. Provided by son Ken Lodge.Dec 23, 2020
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Marple Dramatic Junior Club 1934Marple Dramatic Junior Club "Tangles of Lollipop Land" Christmas 1934, provided by Dave Watson. Dave's mother, Joan Hope, is third from the right at the front (with another girl's hands on her shoulders). See comment for more information about the Hope family.Oct 22, 2020
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Bradley, Wilfred and LilyWilfred Bradley and Lily Wisdom who married in 1927. Wilfred lived on Joseph Street, Marple with his parents, George and Mary Bradley. From Marple Local History Society Archives.Oct 21, 2020
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Gathering outside the Devonshire ArmsA large gathering outside the Devonshire Arms in Mellor. Looks like they were expecting rain. Provided to Marple Local History Society Archives by Judith Luntley, who thinks her grandfather may be at the back wearing the flat cap and that they were a group of bell-ringers. Thomas Sigley was landlord from 1897 to 1918.Oct 21, 2020
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Turner FamilySeated are John and Elizabeth Turner, John was engineer at Shepley Mill. Behind is son Herbert John and young wife, Mary Jane (3rd wife). Herbert was 1st Engineer at the Goyt Mill. Girl is Clara Elizabeth Turner and boy is John Turner who died when he was 18. Provided to Marple Local History Society Archives by Anne Bradbury, daughter of Clara. Click to Read More.Jul 19, 2020
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Girl GuidesTwo guides from Marple Bridge, left is Dorothy Harrison, the other unknown. From Marple Local History Society Archives. May 01, 2020
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Mellor WI Golden Jubilee SeatA seat near Manchester Cathedral Home presented by Mellor WI for their Golden Jubilee celebrations in 1965. Councillor Headridge, Mrs E Atherton, Councillors Arnfield and Cooke. From Marple Local History Society Archives. Apr 23, 2020
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Rowbottom, JohnJohn Rowbottom, Mellor Blacksmith, delivering paraffin in a vehicle that might once have been the hearse. From Marple Local History Society Archives. Apr 23, 2020


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.

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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.

399 files, last one added on Dec 23, 2020
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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
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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!

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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.

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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
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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
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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.

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Willows School Teachers 1953/542668 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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Bowling Competition 1963-642541 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 Ridge Band of Hope2403 viewsMarple Ridge Band of Hope on a visit to Alderley Edge on 19 June 1909. From Marple Local History Society Archives.
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Ridge Chapel 'Band of Hope'2380 viewsThe teatotal Ridge Chapel 'Band of Hope' have a day out at Vernon Park, Stockport.
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Brabyns Hall Garden Party2357 viewsThe F. Jones Orchestra play at a Brabyns Hall Garden Party in the 1920s.
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Workers from the Goyt Mill2301 viewsWorkers from the Goyt Mill in 1956 L to R: Dorothy Chatterton, Maureen Coffey, Graham Hurst, Pat Cross, Beryl Noble (nee Jodrell).
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Strines Printwork Day Out2299 viewsA photo believed to be of the Strines Print Workers day out, provided by Ray Noble. That's his grandad Herbert Green second row from front, second from left. Dated October 1929.
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Home Guard2286 viewsMarple's Home Guard during the Second World War.

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Mike CallanThis photo of local man Mike Callan was taken at The Victoria Palace Theater, London, at the 1967 Mr. Universe contest. Mike was up against Arnold Schwarzenegger and came 5th! Mike was born at 2 Chapel Fields and lived on Shirley Avenue as a young lad until he married and moved to Glossop. He trained at a club at the rear of Glengarth which was the hay loft over the stables.
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Ardern / Harrop FamilyAn unknow group in what looks like a Military Hospital, from the Ardern family album in Marple Local History Society Archives.
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Ardern, Clara ElizabethClara Elizabeth Ardern (later Pollard), date unknown. From Marple Local History Society Archives.
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Ardern / Harrop FamilyAn unknown lady from the Ardern family album in Marple Local History Society Archives.
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Baily, HildaMrs Hilda Baily of the Society of Marple Artists sketching at Hawk Green. From Marple Local History Society Archives.
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All Saints' School 1948A battered photograph of pupils at All Saints' School in 1948.
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Marple BandAn early colour picture of Marple Band.
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Hibbs Family weddingA Hibbs family wedding at Compstall Wesleyan Chapel. From Marple Local History Society Archives.

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