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Brabyns Tennis CourtsBrabyns Tennis Courts, provided by Janet Holmes.Dec 23, 2017
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Mellor Mill 2016Mellor Mill foundations exposed by Mellor Archaeological Trust. Phot Arthur Procter.May 17, 2016
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Mellor Mill 2016Mellor Mill foundations exposed by Mellor Archaeological Trust. Phot Arthur Procter.May 17, 2016
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Mellor Lodge 2016Foundations of Oldknow's Mellor Lodge exposed by Mellor Archaeological Trust. Phot Arthur Procter.May 17, 2016
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Mellor Mill 2016Mellor Mill foundations exposed by Mellor Archaeological Trust. Phot Arthur Procter.May 17, 2016
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Mellor Mill 2016Mellor Mill foundations exposed by Mellor Archaeological Trust. Phot Arthur Procter.May 17, 2016
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Mellor Mill 2016Mellor Mill foundations exposed by Mellor Archaeological Trust. Phot Arthur Procter.May 17, 2016
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Mellor Lodge 2016Foundations of Oldknow's Mellor Lodge exposed by Mellor Archaeological Trust. Phot Arthur Procter.May 17, 2016

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Brabyns HallBrabyns Hall was built by Doctor Henry Brabin in 1749. The hall and estate were purchased by Nathaniel Wright in 1800 and he erected the historic Iron Bridge in 1813. The estate passed to the Hudson family in 1866 and on the death of Fanny Hudson, in 1941, was purchased by Marple Urban District Council. The estate opened as a park in 1949 and the hall was demolished in 1952. Click to read more about the Brabyns Estate.
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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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Marple HallMarple Hall was initially constructed in 1658. Its most famous (infamous?) resident was Judge John Bradshawe, (1602-1659) who presided over the Court of Justice that sentenced Charles I to death. The Bradshawe family continued to live there until it was inherited in 1940 by Christopher Isherwood, who almost immediately passed ownership to his younger brother, Richard. He was ill prepared and financially unable to look after the Hall and when the caretakers retired in 1953 it was left empty and became the target of thieves and vandals. This ultimately led to its demolition in 1959. These galleries show this magnificent home at its best and, sadly, its derelict worst. Click here to read more about Marple Hall.

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Marple Hall and outbuildings.


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Photographs of Marple Hall and its outbuildings, from the heydays to the decay days. What might have been if these wonderful old buildings had been preserved just a few more years until people began to understand the value of our heritage?

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The interior and furnishings.


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Interior shots of Marple Hall, including images from the catologue of the auction of the hall's contents in 1929. Click here to read more about the items sold at auction.

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The Jack Wilkinson Album - decline and demolition.


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An album full of the saddest photographs but we're very grateful to have them to preserve the memories. These images were loaned by the family of the late Jack Wilkinson who recorded for posterity the final demise of Marple Hall.

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Commemoration, relics and souvenirs.


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This album includes the commemorative date stone and plaque erected by Marple Civic Society and Marple Antiquarian Society (now Marple Local History Society). There are also a few other remnants of this once great Hall still to found and we have photographed and recorded as many as we can.

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Mellor MillSamuel Oldknow constructed Mellor Mill in 1790 on the bank of the River Goyt. The main mill building was an imposing structure with a central section six storeys high, 42 feet wide and 210 feet long. In order to supply water to the mill Oldknow literally reshaped the landscape and the Cheshire / Derbyshire border formed by the river. Click here to read more about Oldknow and Mellor Mill.
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Mellor Mill


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Photographs, etchings and paintings of Mellor Mill in its glorious prime and unfortunate decline after the horrendous fire that destroyed it in 1892.

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Mellor and Marple Lodge and other Buildings


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Oldknow built many other buildings near his mill, including a home for himself, Mellor Lodge, and another for the Mill Manager, Marple Lodge, on the opposite bank. Marple Lodge had a extensive ornamental garden running alongside the river, of which there are still a few traces if you look very closely.

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Mellor Lodge Plans


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These are photographs of plans of Oldknow's home, Mellor Lodge, which he built for himself on the Mellor side of the River Goyt. They can't be originals, because they have a telephone number on them. We know nothing of their history but if anyone knows where these are now we'd love the opportunity to take them again without the flash!

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Listed Buildings ExhibitionIn 1993 Marple Civic Society held an exhibition featuring the Listed Buildings of Marple & District. The first album in this category contains all the photographs that were selected for display in the exhibition. New albums will also be added to include many others taken during the same period. This category is under construction.
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Civic Society Photos Exhibited in 1993.


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This album contains 139 photographs that were exhibited by Marple Civic Society in 1993. The photos were taken over a period of approximately two years leading up to the exhibition. If you can tell us anything more about them, please get in touch.

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Sketch of Marple Hall from the ornamental lake.3963 viewsThis view is from Marple Dale, where there was an ornamental lake with steps leading down the bank from the hall. Updated from Marple Local History Society Archives 15 August 2010.
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Brabyns Hall3217 viewsA view of the rear of Brabyns Hall from across the pond, which is still there.
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Brabyns Hall2756 viewsAnother view of the rear of Brabyns Hall from across the pond.
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Marple Hall from the main driveway.2701 viewsThe hall's decline is not yet apparent in this shot from the main drive at the front.
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Marple Hall2596 viewsA full-on view showing the sundial and the balcony above the front door.
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Marple Hall2577 viewsA shot of Marple Hall from the front provided by Betty Longmate, daughter of Betty Tunstall who lived there from 1923 to 1932 with her parents, the caretakers.
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Marple Hall Layout2535 viewsHere's a plan view of the layout of Marple Hall to help orientate yourself when looking at some of the photos in this album. Updated on 22 August 2010 with a version showing more buildings.
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Marple Hall2534 viewsA unique view of Marple Hall showing that there were inner and outer entrance gates to the grounds immediately surrounding the hall.

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2007-09-03 07 Bailey Bridge RemovalSlings are fitted.
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Marple Hall stables.Jack's dog Sandy admires the architecture.
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2007-09-12 Damage to railingsA close up of damage caused to the stonework during breaking out of the Bailey bridge foundations.
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2011-12-22 Viewing Platform ImprovementsViewing Platform completed on Friday 22 December 2011.
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Marple Hall Stables c1940Marple Hall Stables in 1940. Provided by Marmaduke Alderson.
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Marple Hall drive 1.The drive to Marple Hall, not a house in sight.
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Iron BridgeA pre-Bailey Bridge shot of the Iron Bridge in Brabyns Park, date unknown.
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038 - Toll House, LocksideThe Toll Hose, Lockside, Marple.
From the 1993 Marple Civic Society exhibition of Listed Buildings.

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