The Catholic Church of Saint Mary was built in 1859. The church has a St. Mary's Parish website, but there is little history there.
A Congregational chapel was founded here in 1662 and rebuilt in 1887.
The Derbyshire Record Office holds registers and other records of the Marple Bridge United Reformed Church, previously known as Mill Brow Independent Chapel. There are registers of births/baptisms 1761-1840 and burials 1780-1837, which are microfilm copies of original registers held at the National Archives at Kew. There is also a church book, which contains records of marriages, 1839-1895 (DRO reference D3411/1/3).
Other records include church books containing minutes and rolls of members, 1813-1896, minute books of assorted committees and meetings, 1862-1915, accounts 1787, 1842-1896, and members' attendance registers, 1872-1902 (DRO collection reference D3411).
(My thanks to an anonymous contributor for the above information)
"MARPLE and MARPLE BRIDGE, commonly called Upper and Nether Marple, (Nether Marple, or Marple Bridge, being situate in the county of Derby), form a chapelry in the parish of Stockport, about five miles E.S.E. from that town, and 12 from Manchester. The spinning of cotton, bleaching, and calico printing, are carried on to some extent in the chapelry and neighbourbood, and upon the river Goyt are some corn mills."
[Description from Pigot and Co's Commercial Directory for Derbyshire, 1835]
Marple Bridge is on the east bank of the River Goyt.
Marple Bridge is today considered a part of Manchester. The village centre has been designated a Conservation Area.
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