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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
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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
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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
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Iron Bridge and CottageA view across the Iron Bridge in Brabyns Park with the gate still intact. Provided by Janet Holmes.Dec 30, 2018
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Brabyns Hall in WartimeA red Cross truck at Brabyns Military Hospital. Provided by Janet Holmes.Dec 27, 2018
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Brabyns Hall PondChildren enjoy this view of Brabyns Park. Provided by Janet Holmes.Dec 25, 2018
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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


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 Hall3684 viewsA view of the rear of Brabyns Hall from across the pond, which is still there.
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Brabyns Hall3226 viewsAnother view of the rear of Brabyns Hall from across the pond.
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Water Meetings Cottage2836 viewsWhere the Rivers Goyt and Etherow meet in Brabyns Park.
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Brabyns Hall - God Speed2621 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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Iron Bridge Cottage2398 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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Military Hospital Extension2382 viewsTents must have been set up in the park to house additional WW1 casualties when the house was full.
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Miss Hudson and Staff2207 viewsCasualties and medical staff with Miss Fanny Hudson (centre) and dog.
From Marple Local History Society Archives.
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Steps from Tow Path 19782182 viewsThe steps from the canal tow path into Brabyns Park, from the Marple Civic Society Archives, dated 1978.

Random files - Brabyns Hall
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2008-05-29 Under the BridgeLast close up views of the rings from under the bridge before the scaffold removal begins. Photo Aidan / Oly.
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2008-02-12 Strengthening WorksA view of the new bracing across the full width of the bridge.
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2008-06-22 Opening CeremonyThe ribbon is cut. Photo Arthur Procter.
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Miss Hudson and StaffCasualties and medical staff with Miss Fanny Hudson (centre).
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2008-06-06 Modern InterventionA view across the bridge from the park side showing the finshed surface (covered).
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2007-09-03 04 Bailey Bridge RemovalThe crane manoeuvres into position.
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2007-09-03 28 Bailey Bridge RemovalBack down to earth.
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2007-09-18 Scaffolding erectionThe scaffolding will envelope the bridge once it's finished so that it can be encapsulated.

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