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Marple Bridge


  • The parish was in the Hazel Grove sub-district of the Stockport Registration District.

  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:

Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2556

Church History

  • An Anglican Mission church (To Mellor's church) was built in 1908 near Marple Bridge.

  • The Mission church was dedicated to Saint Sebastian.
  • The village is considered part of the ecclesiastical parish of Mellor and many villgers attended St. Thomas Church in Mellor.

Church Records

  • The church was in the rural deanery of Glossop.

  • 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)

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.

  • The parish was in the Hazel Grove sub-district of the Stockport Registration District.

Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Marple Bridge which are provided by:
"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.


Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Marple Bridge has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SJ965894 (Lat/Lon: 53.401401, -2.054113), Marple Bridge which are provided by:

Politics and Government

  • Marple Bridge was anciently a Chapelry and Township in Mellor parish.

  • This place was a Chapelry in the county of Derby on the border with Cheshire.

  • The Chapelry was incorporated as a part of Ludworth Civil Parish in December, 1866.

  • In 1974 Marple Bridge became part of the Metropilitan Borough of Stockport in Greater Manchester.

  • The Chapelry was in the ancient Macclesfield Hundred.

  • This parish was in the ancient High Peak Hundred (or Wapentake).

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Glossop petty session hearings.

  • With the passage of the Poor Law Amendment Act reforms of 1834, this parish became a member of the Stockport Poorlaw Union.