MARPLE BRIDGE, Derbyshire
- 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.
- 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 today considered a part of Manchester. The village centre has been designated a Conservation Area.
- Ann Andrews provides a transcription of the Marple Bridge entry under Mellor from Kelly's Directory of the Counties of Derby, Notts, Leicester and Rutland (1891).
- This parish was in the ancient High Peak Hundred (or Wapentake).