Marple Local History Publications


The Society produce several forms of publications. Amongst these are books on the history of the area, on individual buildings and families together with historic walking guides for the area. You can browse all our publications by category, using the menu on the left hand side of this page.

If you have any enquiries concerning the purchase of Society books, please contact Hilary Atkinson either by email at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or via the form at the foot of the Contacts  page

Mellor Archaeological Trust publications may be seen at MAT publications

Alternately, selection of the Society’s publications may be found at Marple Bookshop and Marple Bridge Post Office.

Of course all our books, pictured below, are at the British Library, but to secure a copy of your very own, pop along to one of our meetings, always sold there, or use the contact email above.

Coal Mining in Marple and Mellor

The availability of coal in the area was instrumental in attracting many of the mills to the area. Although it was difficult to mine it provided work for many men of the district (and before 1842 to many women and children as well). However, the coming of the railways brought cheap coal to the mills from Yorkshire and spelt the death knell for many local pits although some mining carried on until 1982.

Author :  Derek Brumhead

Published -  Marple Local History Society  September 2012

A4 book  42 pages  54 illustrations

Price £6

ISBN 978-0-9540582-3-4

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