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Archive Stories

Browse through this collection of stories drawn from many sources including the Society's archive, newspapers and online sources. The catalyst to begin research varies from an inquiry that comes to Society, a document that arrives at the archive, or another trigger that sets the delving off.

Hollins Mill 1911:Dressed up for George V's Coronation

Mrs Courtney's Memories

Hollins MillTranscript from cassette entitled: Mrs Courtney
Mrs. Courtney made her tape when she was living at Thornsett, but had spent all her life in Marple, and her working life at Hollins Mill.
Voice: Mrs Courtney tells the story of a half timer.
I was one of a large family, thirteen in number, and my earliest remembrance is the cottage meetings in the house, a preacher coming to talk to us and mother making the cake and a cup of tea for the people. The preacher talked to the people and then he read the bible and a prayer. My sister, twenty years older than me, worked at Hollins Mill. She was 8 years old and they had to stand her on a stool, she was so small. If the inspector came round they had to hide her. And what about the other now? My sister was full of humour. She got teased with the boy and she kicked the stool from under him. Then there was the man over there. He annoyed her one day and she let him go down the hoist half way and stopped him until someone else released him. I myself went half- time at work.

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Mr Schofield's Memories

Bottoms MillMy grandfather came to live in Marple. They were natives of Tideswell and they came to live in Canal Row before the houses were finished off. There were sacks up to the windows, they hadn’t glazed them and they came to work at Bottoms Mill, Marple. There was a family came to live next door to them who had a grandfather clock and the ceilings were that low that they couldn’t get it in.....................

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Mrs Rowbottom's Memories

Compstall Mill Weavers

Mrs. Rowbottom, now 97 years of age(1974), has always lived in the Marple district. Through her grandfather, Mr Sherwin, manager of Compstall Mill, she knew the district very well.

I remember as a little girl going up to All Saints Church and father saying,” Now this is the new church and we only have funerals held in the old church”. I was born 1877 and I went to school as a little girl of about five, with two other friends, to a house that was behind , above the Wesleyan Church in those days and then ladies gave it up. I went to another school held in the Albert Terrace, Church Lane from there I went to Macclesfield High School. All my brothers went to the grammar school.

      (Above: Weavers at Compstall Mill c1900.)

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Memories of Hawk Green by Alan Proctor

Village Recollections
Memories of Hawk Green by Alan Proctor

Alan & Joan ProctorEditor’s Note
Alan was born in 1929 in a nursing home between Birchvale and Hayfield, the son of Annie and Frank Proctor. Frank worked at Strines Printworks and the family lived on Shepley Lane. When he left school Alan became an apprentice joiner, also at Strines Printworrks, before going on to work for Lomas the builders. Much of his time there was spent building the houses in Woodville Drive, then he moved on to be self-employed.

He married Joan, a local girl who lived on Lockside, in 1959 and their first home was the house on Shepley Lane. They lived there for several years before moving to Woodville Drive in the early 1970s. In retirement, they moved back to Hawk Green. Joan and Alan had three children, Andrew, Julie and John.

Alan died 28th May 2021. He is survived by Joan, Julie and John

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Mr.Pixton's Memories

Lyme HallMr. Pixton lived all his life at High Lane, and for the most part he was employed on the Lyme estate. He then kept the Grocer's shop in Windlehurst Road, High Lane. He was born in 1894 and died in 1973 aged 79.

Transcript from cassette entitled: Mr. (John) Pixton
Male voice: I suppose I should begin with early memories. My forebears on father’s side came from Runcorn, Cheshire. They had a fleet of canal barges, Bridgewater Canal, and settled on the Farm, Withington Hill. Mention of Buttercup and Owlclough Meadows is in the Deeds belonging to this property belonging to my great great grandfather.

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