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Vintage car crossing the Iron Bridge in 1905A newspaper cutting shows a family crossing the Iron Bridge in Brabyns Park in a vintage car in 1905. From Marple Local History Society Archives. Read more on their website.Mar 16, 2021
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BMH Nurses and Casualties 1914Nurses and Casualties at Brabyns Military Hospital on 4 November 1914. From Flora Buck's scrapbooks. Flora is the nurse 2nd from right, see comments for all names.Feb 19, 2020
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BMH Brabyns Hall - God SpeedA card signed by Fanny Hudson to Mrs Robinson, acknowledging her service at Brabyns Military Hospital between 31 October 1914 to 26 May 1919. Donated by Mrs. Crossley.Feb 19, 2020
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BMH Brabyns Hall - God SpeedA card signed by Fanny Hudson to Nurse Flora Buck, acknowledging her service at Brabyns Military Hospital between 31 October 1914 to 26 May 1919. From Flora's scrapbooks.Feb 19, 2020
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BMH Nurse Flora BuckRed Cross Nurse Flora Buck, who while serving at Brabyns Military Hospital from 1914 to 1919 compiled two amazing scrapbooks. Click here to read more about them.Feb 19, 2020
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BMH Duchess of Westminster visits Brabyns HallDignitaries and staff at Brabyns Hall Military Hospital on 15 June 1916 during a visit by Katherine, Duchess of Westminster. From Flora Buck's scrapbooks. See comments for names. Feb 19, 2020
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BMH Miss Hudson and Staff December 1915Casualties (hats on) and medical staff with Miss Fanny Hudson (centre) and dog Jack. From Flora Buck's scrapbooks. See comment for names.Feb 19, 2020
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Brabyns Estate WallThe enormous wall around the Brabyns Estate when it was owned by the Hudson family. From Marple Local History Society Archives.Nov 19, 2019


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 successfully 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 Hall3938 viewsA view of the rear of Brabyns Hall from across the pond, which is still there.
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Brabyns Hall3468 viewsAnother view of the rear of Brabyns Hall from across the pond.
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Water Meetings Cottage3019 viewsWhere the Rivers Goyt and Etherow meet in Brabyns Park.
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BMH Brabyns Hall - God Speed2860 viewsA card signed by Fanny Hudson to L.Cpl. 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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Iron Bridge Cottage2748 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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BMH Miss Hudson and Staff December 19152595 viewsCasualties (hats off) and medical staff with Miss Fanny Hudson (centre) and dog Jack. From Marple Local History Society Archives. See comment for names.
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BMH Military Hospital Extension2540 viewsTents must have been set up in the park to house additional WW1 casualties when the house was full.
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Steps from Tow Path 19782339 viewsThe steps from the canal tow path into Brabyns Park, from the Marple Civic Society Archives, dated 1978.

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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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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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Iron Bridge and CottageThis postcard of the pathway across the Iron Bridge in Brabyns Park shows how elegantly it once blended into its surroundings.
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2007-09-03 35 Bailey Bridge RemovalFusion Films interview Ann Hearle from a different angle.
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2007-08-27 Before work startsThe south abutment and handrails from the river bed.
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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.
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2008-03-12 The Story of Brabyns & Iron BridgeParticipants in the Story of Brabyns and Iron Bridge education course learn from from tutor Judith Wilshaw during a field trip. (Arthur Procter)
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Hudson, MarkMark Hudson, great great nephew of Fanny Hudson, poses next to the Hudson Memorial in St. Martin's Church Yard.

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