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.
The Society is dedicated to the recording of the past and present of Marple – including Mellor, Compstall, Marple Bridge, Strines, Rose Hill, Hawk Green and High Lane.
We hold monthly meetings between September and April with speakers giving talks on subjects both local and from a wider area. Several field trips are held each year, usually with a connection to one or more of the talks.
The Society holds extensive archives of local and regional interest and is constantly adding to them. Many of these items are donated by local people but some arrive from as far away as the USA. We aim to preserve and protect these items and provide information to both local and wider communities. The archives are stored at Mellor Parish Centre, Church Road, Mellor SK6 5LX.
The archives hold hundreds if not thousands of photographs which we are in the process of sharing with the community via the Marple Website’s ‘Virtual Tour’.
From 1998 to 2012 Marple Local History Society had its own detailed Community Page on this site but in September 2012, with the help of Marple Website Design and Hosting, the society launched its very own web site that they can now maintain themselves.
The Marple Website has also been delighted to work with the Society to set up their on-line archives, which were launched in September 2017 and will continue growing and expanding for many years to bring Marple's Local History to as many people as possible.
Here's the Archives link: http://www.marplelocalhistorysociety.org.uk/archives/