Research Material Marple Hall : Elsdon : 2023

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Research Material Marple Hall : Elsdon : 2023


Photocopies of research papers, collated by Bernard Elsdon, which were recently donated to Marple Library January 2023. In 1954, Mr Elsdon, an Estates and Wayleaves Officer for the North Western Electricity Board negotiated with the owners of Marple Hall for power cables to cross their land. Having contact with the family, then living at Wybersley Hall, resulted in him researching the history of Marple Hall, collecting ‘memories’ from people who lived in the area, copying photographs, maps etc. He intended to write a book but this never happened. See typed index for material stored on USB stick in the Audio Visual Collection.

Contents of Elsdon research

Correspondence leading to donation to MLHS Archive of Mr Bernard R Elsdon's research material in Jan 2023.
Plan of Estates in 1831 containing:-
Plans of estates held in 1831 by John Isherwood Esq in the townships of Marple, Offerton, Bramhall, Torkington and Plumley (MAH/010/08)
A list of farms in the townships with their acreages and names of occupiers (MAH/09/01)
Two sketches of Marple Hall, viewed from the south and east and from the north and west
Photographs and published items
Photographs of Marple Hall taken by Mr Elsdon and a description of his visits in 1954
Photocopies of newspaper and magazine articles - 'John Bradshaw Regicide' (MAH/021/017) and 'A Jane Austen clergyman in real life' (MAH/08/02)
Marple Hall notes and papers
National Register of Archives, Historic Manuscripts - notes of entries 1578-1822 relating to the Bradshaw family (MAH/01/01)
A collection of research notes and jottings from unnamed sources including the Bradshaw family tree (MAH/01/02 & MAH/026/01)
Letters in reply to a request from Mr Elsdon in a local paper, to hear about Marple Hall from anyone who had "a tale to tell, a story to recall, a treasure to show or even just a stray thought to remember"
Room plans of Marple Hall Mr Elsdon notes that these were confirmed with Richard Bradshaw Isherwood
Plans of ground floor, 1st floor, 2nd and 3rd floors, front and back profiles and offices and stables. Each plan shows the internal layout and has detailed measurements of every wall. A key gives the name of each room.
Marple Hall wallpaper
Colour photographs of a selection of wallpapers used in Marple Hall, some of which were hand blocked.
Index to images of Mr Elsdon's research which are held on a USB stick in the Audio Visual Collection of the Archive.

References in brackets refer to locations in the archive where similar or identical information is held.


Mr Bernard R Elsdon


Photocopies of all the material donated to the Library on a USB Stick in the Audio/Visual Collection


Reviewed AB 05/2023




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Mr Bernard R Elsdon, “Research Material Marple Hall : Elsdon : 2023,” Marple Local History Society Archives, accessed July 24, 2024,

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