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Brabyns Tennis CourtsBrabyns Tennis Courts, provided by Janet Holmes.Dec 23, 2017
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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


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 Hall3204 viewsA view of the rear of Brabyns Hall from across the pond, which is still there.
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Brabyns Hall2734 viewsAnother view of the rear of Brabyns Hall from across the pond.
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Water Meetings Cottage2307 viewsWhere the Rivers Goyt and Etherow meet in Brabyns Park.
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Brabyns Hall - God Speed2177 viewsA card signed by Fanny Hudson to Left. W Hughes of the 14th Welsh Fusiliers, who must have stayed at the Military Hospital from 2 December 1918 to 7 February 1919.
From Marple Local History Society Archives.
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Military Hospital Extension2003 viewsTents must have been set up in the park to house additional WW1 casualties when the house was full.
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Brabyns Hall1782 viewsA view of Brabyns Hall from the rear taken from beside the pond.
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Steps from Tow Path 19781759 viewsThe steps from the canal tow path into Brabyns Park, from the Marple Civic Society Archives, dated 1978.
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Iron Bridge Cottage1740 viewsA shot of Iron Bridge Cottage and the bridge with the old gate intact before the estate became a public park. Look at those spikes! New copy from Marple Local History Society Archives added 21 Marc h 2010.

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2008-05-16 Wing Walls and RailsThe wing walls have been pointed and the railings repaired.
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Bailey Bridge InstalledA shot just after the Bailey Bridge is installed in July 1992. It is this picture that allows us to date the installation precisely.
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2007-08-27 Before work startsThe new approach route through the park avoiding the site of the Scroll Bridge.
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2007-09-20 Scaffolding continuesThe scaffolding viewed from the west elevation, as seen by the web cam (hence the advertisng sign!)
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2007-09-18 Under the bridgeA close up of the bolted centre connection joining two of the arched ribs.
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Wright's FollyWright's Folly in Brabyns Park, from Marple Local History Society Archives.
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Iron Bridge Cottage 1981Iron Bridge Cottage in Brabyns Park looking fresh and bright in autumn 1981.
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2008-06-06 Modern InterventionA shiney restored bridge begins to emerge from the scaffold.

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