Welcome to the Marple Local History Society website

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Next Meeting, 16th April: Liverpool Cowkeepers - A Family History - David Joy

Marple Aqueduct

A drone flight over the structure,from YouTube. The Aqueduct was designed and built by Benjamin Outram, Consultant Engineer for the Peak Forest Canal and the Resident Engineer, Thomas Brown, of Disley. Outram, from Alfreton in Derbyshire, was an outstanding Engineer of his time and was involved in the construction of many canals including the Manchester, Bolton and Bury, the Ashton and the Huddersfield Narrow. Thomas Brown, over thirty years later, was also Resident Engineer on the Macclesfield Canal...... read more

  What's in a name ?

What’s in a name? Well, quite a lot if your name is Miss Jane Marple, Agatha Christie’s eponymous heroine. The star of 12 crime novels and 20 short stories, local folklore believed that Agatha Christie’s amateur sleuth was named after Marple station because the author passed through it on one occasion. This is not true but the station does figure prominently in the actual story. In July 2015 the station celebrated its 150th anniversary (coincidentally, the 125th anniversary of Agatha’s birth) and her grandson Mathew Prichard was invited to Marple. He brought with him a letter written by his grandmother to a Miss Marple fan, explaining how she came by the name.

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News : New Railings for Marple Aqueduct

Aque Railings 1Work is in progress in the fitting of parapet railings on the non-towpath side of Marple Aqueduct, Grade I Listed structure. The Canal & Rivers Trust perceived that, following the report of incidents and anecdotal information, there could be a danger to life. After consultations, via events in November 2014 and February 2015 to invite comments, opinion and views from members of the public, the decision was made to go ahead with the installation of railings. The historical significance of the Aqueduct, its connection with the weaving of cotton by Oldknow, was borne in mind in the design of the metalwork. Each vertical rail is ‘woven’ between the two low-level rails and the top rail, as a single self-intersecting ‘thread. These vertical elements form the ‘warp’, and the horizontal rails form the ‘weft’. The railings are manufactured by Yorkshire Company, Bisca. More on this page of the Canal & Rivers Trust website.

About the Society

The Society was formed in 1961, following almost a decade of interest in local history matters. Originally called The Marple Antiquarian Society, it changed its name to The Marple Local History Society in 1990. The Society is a Registered Charity, 500099.

Monthly meetings are held between September and April, several field trips are made each year. The society publishes a range of publications, has an active archive session on Thursday mornings, and organises occasional exhibitions. More details here.