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.
In 1945 Aneurin Bevan depicted Britain as “an island of coal surrounded by a sea of fish.” This memorable image may no longer hold true but the heritage remains and our visit to the National Coal Mining Museum in Wakefield demonstrated just what a role coal has played in our development over the last two centuries.
Tuesday 6th March dawned sunny and bright, a splendid day. But it was on Wednesday 7th that MLHS went to Derby and it was cold, grey and wet! However, the coach was on time and we were soon on our way to High Lane and on across the Peaks to Derby.
My father’s chief leisure occupations were golf and gardening. He made a beautiful garden of our plot at the front of the cottage with immaculate lawn and beds of rose bushes. We had no back garden and there was no space for vegetables. Consequently, about the year 1920, he took over the tenancy of quite a large allotment on some terracing near the Wallers’ mill site in Moor End. He worked this with enthusiasm and produced large quantities of fruit and vegetables, much of which he gave away to neighbours.
In March we went to the People's History Museum on the banks of the Irwell. No coach was involved, we were directed to find our way there by public transport. (It is always assumed we all qualify for free travel - which may not be the case.)
The first trip of MLHS’s 2010 season was an expedition to the delights of Sheffield on Thursday 21st October.
As is customary on these occasions, a coffee and comfort break was called after an hour or so and on this occasion it had been arranged at the Visitor Centre and factory of David Mellor Cutlery near Hathersage.