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.
The Society trip to Robinson’s Brewery; a tale of three tokens, two baker’s dozen, and one tower of 54 steps.
Judith Wilshaw had kindly organized this tour, this ‘trip’ in which a coach was not to be seen, but cars parked, buses caught, or even a rather long walk taken to meet at the appointed hour in the Visitor Centre. The brewery is an impressive Victorian building, having a prominent position in the Stockport skyline. It rests on the foundations of the Unicorn public house, beginnings of the family business, and six generations of who have continued to operate the brewery over the last 175 years.
MediaCityUK, a development site, of mixed-use and some 200acres, on the banks of the Manchester Ship Canal, is the home, amongst others of BBC North. And was the destination of the Society’s autumn trip. The land, part of the former Port of Manchester and Manchester Docks, a series of nine docks in Salford, Stretford and Manchester, completed in 1894,closed in 1982. The BBC signalled its intention to move jobs to Manchester in 2004, and the Salford Quays site was chosen in 2006. The Peel Group was granted planning permission to develop the site in 2007, and construction of the development, with its own energy generation plant and communications network, began the same year.
Rather unfairly, Rochdale is often regarded as being a bit of a backwater. We drive past it on the motorway but don’t think of visiting it. Perhaps that’s why Judith planned an outing there as she had never been to Rochdale either.
Everybody knows Gracie Fields came from Rochdale and, more recently, so did Cyril Smith. However, did you know that John Bright (Anti-Corn Law League) was also born there and, for the real nerds, Lord Byron (mad, bad and dangerous to know) had the full title of Baron Byron of Rochdale. Now that is someone the good burghers of Rochdale would rather not acknowledge. Not at all respectable.
Summer Outing 2013
Marton Church and Congleton
Wednesday 3rd July 2013
It was touch and go! Judith was still in Iceland two days before our trip but fortunately Eyjafjallajökull behaved itself and there was no need to involve the designated Deputy Leader. First stop on the way to Congleton was Marton in order to see the church – the oldest timber-framed church still in use in Europe.
Sunday 12th May 2013
Samuel Oldknow started building Mellor Mill in 1790, and, at six storeys high and four hundred feet long, it was the largest water powered cotton spinning mill ever built in this country. The mill spun cotton yarn for a hundred years until on a dark November night in 1892, fire broke out and gutted the building. It was too badly damaged to be repaired. The walls fell down in a thick layer of rubble, trees grew everywhere, adding layers of fallen leaves and soil to hide all the features.