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Children's Orthopaedic Hospital 1964
Children from Treetops Hospital visit a circus in 1964. From the Marple Local History Society Archives.
The Lancashire and Cheshire Antiquarian Society Day School:
‘Keeping up with the Past’
The day school, on Saturday 12th May, will look at some recent work on the industrial archaeology of the Manchester region. It will be held at the Masonic Hall, Tatton Road, Sale. The speakers appearing on the day are Ann Hearle, Ian Miller, Mike Nevell and John Roberts. Details & Booking Form
Marple Local History Society’s exhibition “From cripples holiday home to orthopaedic hospital” at Marple Library will be formally opened by the Mayor of Stockport on Saturday, 12th May 10.30. a.m. - 12.00 noon. The exhibition will then run from 12th May to 19th May during normal library open hours.
Formed in 1897, the Band of Kindness and Children’s Help Society encouraged children to be kind to animals and in turn their fellow citizens. In 1903 respite care was provided, with the charity renting a house at Peacefield, Marple. This was the start of a long association with Marple which resulted in the building of a country nursing home on Dale Road that eventually became the children’s hospital and later “Tree Tops”.
Working with Disabled Living, this exhibition tells not only the story of Marple’s contribution but also how a small Manchester based charity has developed into a national provider of practical solutions supporting disabled adults, children and older people.
For a fascinating introduction to the subject visit the "Tree Tops" Album on the Virtual History Tour.