Marple Local History Society Trips
Each year members of the Society have a choice of trips to various historical locations to choose from, the cost of which varies dependent on the destination.
Some times we leave Marple early in the morning to visit factories and mills many miles away before returning in the evening. We've been to Blackpool to climb the tower, eating fish and chips to fortify us for a trip on a tram to see the lights. We've also had an afternoon trip along the Peak Forest Canal before a buffet at the Ring o' Bells.
Neil’s objective this evening was to show that there was more to Disley than just a set of traffic lights on the A6. He also wanted to show how the roads and the railway have changed the shape and the nature of Disley over the centuries. It might be the closest settlement to Lyme but it is not dependent upon the Leghs of Lyme - it has an independent existence.
We started off in the station car park because it was quiet and also free. (Which was more than could be said for the Ram’s Head car park.) He showed us a series of maps which illustrated the development of Disley since the Norman Conquest. Originally part of the Macclesfield Forest, a Royal Forest largely reserved for hunting, it did have a few people living there. However, they preferred the higher land away from the valley bottoms but below the moorland. What we now know as Higher Disley is the site of the original settlement.
At 9:15am on Sunday 7th July a party of 24 left a rather cool Marple and headed for Bakewell where, after a 25 mile drive, we were greeted by Mike Hillam at the Old House Museum with a welcoming drink of tea or coffee. The clouds quickly dispersed and the day rapidly turned into a scorcher.
When the Andrew family came to Compstall, the village, if it could be called a village, comprised several farms and some cottages known as Becum Fold. From this beginning, George Andrew and his sons built a spinning and weaving mill, a textile print works, houses for 800 people, a church and other buildings, including the Athenaeum. In fact, they created a community.
2019 is our fourth season of Summer Evening Strolls, and the 41 people who turned up on Monday 20th May for the first of this year’s evenings showed that this Society initiative has lost none of its popularity with members and visitors alike.
We were down at Mellor Mill to explore the excavations of the mill footprint and Oldknow’s mansion, Mellor Lodge, now fully revealed following landscaping of the site as the culmination of the Heritage Lottery funded ‘Revealing Oldknow’s Legacy’ project.
Adlington Hall, set deep in the Cheshire countryside, is a unique record of design over the centuries. Despite passing its entrance many times in my youth, I had never been to see it. This was a chance that could not be missed. The day dawned and the weather was perfect.
My first impression was, ‘what a wonderful Tudor house’. This was the east side of the house, the outside of which has been extensively renovated so it looks pristine. Green oak has been used to replace damaged wood and wattle and daub used for the infill. Interestingly the wood was grey, its natural colour. In the past it was apparently coated in linseed oil which developed a fungal growth which gave a black appearance and the Victorians perpetuated this by using paint!