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The District of Marple is situated in the South East corner of Greater Manchester in the United Kingdom. It adjoins the Cheshire / Derbyshire boundary and includes the "villages" of Marple, Mellor, Hawk Green, High Lane, Marple Bridge, Moor End, Strines and the hamlet of Mill Brow. The District covers just over 11 square miles of attractive countryside, ranging from heavily wooded valleys to hill-top moorland. It rises from around 300ft above sea level at the lowest point on the River Goyt to just over 1000ft at Cobden Edge. On a clear day it is possible to view the four counties of Cheshire, Derbyshire, Lancashire and Yorkshire from the top of these hills. The Peak District countryside surrounding Marple offers many pleasant walks and rambles, there being 66 mile of public footpaths in the Urban District alone.
Postwar residential development in the District has resulted in an increase in the population from 12,880 in 1950 to approximately 27,000 in the early 1990's. This growth and the resulting increase in demand has brought improved shopping facilities, including the pedestrianisation of Market Street and Derby Way and the development on the former Hollins Mill site has made Marple into an attractive little "town" without losing too much of its "village" identity.
You can visit Marple by train, bus, car or even on a narrowboat via the Macclesfield or Peak Forest Canals. Marple has two train stations; Rose Hill and Marple.
The following bus services come to Marple:
358 Stockport - Marple - New Mills - Hayfield;
375 Stockport - Stepping Hill - Offerton - Mellor;
383 Stockport - Marple - Romiley Circular;
384 Stockport - Bredbury - Romiley - Marple Circular;
394 Stepping Hill - Marple - Gamesley - Glossop.
As many people may remember, the Marple Website played a key role in the project to restore the Iron Bridge in Brabyns Park that ran from 2001 until its successful completion in 2008. As part of the project a brand new "Brabyns Park Discovery Trail" booklet was published in March 2009 and made available free of charge at a variety of outlets across the borough. Unfortunately only 1,000 copies could be printed so, 10 years later in 2019, hardcopies of the booket have become pretty scarce.
At the time of launching the booklet it was also made available to download on-line on the original Marple Website. Having recently been reminded of the scarcity of hardcopies, the downloadable version of the Discovery Trail has now been migrated to the new Marple Website.
The place-name Chadkirk means 'the church of Chad' and local legend has it that Chadkirk Chapel occupies the site of an ancient monastic cell of St. Chad, dating as far back as the 7th Century.
Today the chapel is used as a wedding venue by Stockport Council and a volunteer group called Friends of Chadkirk help to look after Chadkirk Chapel, the walled garden and estate.