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Welcome to the Marple Local History Society website

Visit the online Society Archives here

Looking to the future

Although we cannot currently hold meetings, we still have a full autumn programme arranged and hope that we might soon be able to welcome members at the Methodist Church. We will keep everybody well informed. (6th August 2020)

Town Street, Marple Bridge

Town Street - Marple Bridge, Note the plaque saying "Victoria Place 1842"

No TrainsRose Hill to Manchester service planned suspension

Rail user groups, and local politicians, are fighting plans to suspend train services on the Rose Hill Marple to Manchester Piccadilly via Hyde route in the period from September to December 2020.


Northern Trains, now run by the Department for Transport’s Operator of Last Resort, has told local MPs that they are planning to suspend all train services for this period due to insufficient staffing. This has been caused by both the need to train staff on new rolling stock and for the induction of new recruits.

Read More at: Local Rail User Groups Fight Planned Cuts and Friends of Rose Hill Station

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.