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"MARPLE, a chapelry in the parish of STOCKPORT, hundred of MACCLESFIELD, county palatine of CHESTER., 4¾ miles (E. S. E.) from Stockport, containing, in 1821, 2646 inhabitants, since which period the population is supposed to have nearly doubled. The village is situated on the road from London to Manchester through Buxton, and was anciently called Mupull, in allusion to an expansion of the waters of the river Goyt in the vale below. ... More" [From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England  (1831) ©Mel Lockie]

  • Marple was a township and chapelry in Stockport ancient parish, Macclesfield hundred (SJ 9688), which became a civil parish in 1866.
  • Since 1974 it has been an unparished area in the county of Greater Manchester.
  • It includes the hamlets of Barns Fold, Hawk Green, High Lane (part), Marpleridge, Middlewood, Ridge End, Strines, Turf Lea and Windlehurst
  • The population was 2031 in 1801, 3558 in 1851, 5505 in 1901, 13073 in 1951, and 23480 in 2001.


  • Stockport: St. Mary the Virgin (Church of England). The ancient parish church for the township of Marple.
  • Marple: All Saints (Church of England). An ancient chapelry serving Stockport: St. Mary, which became the district church for part of Marple in 1876.
  • High Lane: St. Thomas (Church of England). The district church for part of Marple from 1860.
  • Low Marple: St. Martin (Church of England). A district church for part of Marple from 1870.
  • Marple Bridge: St. Mary (Roman Catholic). Founded in 1859.
  • Marple: Holy Spirit (Roman Catholic). Founded by 1975.
  • Marple, Methodist Chapel (Wesleyan). Founded in 1803, rebuilt in 1876. Registers 1804-1840 are at the Cheshire Record Office.
  • Marple, Methodist Church (Primitive), Market Street. Founded in 1832, rebuilt in 1876. Registers of baptisms 1832-1862 are at Manchester Central Library.
  • Marple, Methodist Church (Primitive). Built in 1892, rebuilt in 1869.
  • Marple Bridge, United Reformed Church (Independent/Congregational). Founded in 1662 at Mill Brow. Microfilms of registers 1761-1840 are at the Cheshire Record Office and Derbyshire Record Office, with some later records other than registers at Derbyshire Record Office.

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Civil Registration

  • Stockport (1837-1937)
  • North East Cheshire (1937-74)
  • Stockport (1974+)

Court Records

  • Stockport (County) (1828-1974)
  • Stockport (1974+)

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Transcription for Marple from Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England  (1831)



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Historical Geography

  • 1936 April 1 — Gained part of Bredbury (20 acres, pop. 10 in 1931), part of Hazel Grove and Bramhall (15 acres, pop. 51 in 1931), the whole of Ludworth, Derbyshire (1646 acres, pop. 1926 in 1931), the whole of Mellor, Derbyshire (2362 acres, pop. 1712 in 1931), part of Romiley (31 acres, pop. 0 in 1931) and part of Stockport (1 acre, pop. 0 in 1931), and lost part to Bredbury & Romiley (less than 1 acre, pop. 0 in 1931)

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Politics and Government

  • Marple Urban Sanitary District (1875-94)
  • Marple Urban District (1894-1974)
  • Stockport Metropolitan Borough (1974+)

Voting Registers

  • North Cheshire (1832-67)
  • East Cheshire (1868-85)
  • Hyde (1885-1915)
  • Macclesfield (1918-48)
  • Cheadle (1949-70)
  • Hazel Grove (1971-74)