Place:Marple, Cheshire, England

Alt namesHigh Lanesource: from redirect
Barns Foldsource: hamlet in parish
Hawk Greensource: hamlet in parish
High Lane in Marplesource: hamlet in parish
Marpleridgesource: hamlet in parish
Middlewoodsource: hamlet in parish
Ridge Endsource: hamlet in parish
Strinessource: hamlet in parish
Turf Leasource: hamlet in parish
Windlehurstsource: hamlet in parish
TypeTown, Urban district, Suburb
Coordinates53.4°N 2.05°W
Located inCheshire, England     ( - 1974)
Also located inGreater Manchester, England     (1974 - )
See alsoStockport, Cheshire, Englandancient parish of which it was a township
Macclesfield Hundred, Cheshire, Englandhundred in which it was located
Mellor, Derbyshire, Englandparish absorbed into Marple in 1936
Ludworth, Derbyshire, Englandparish absorbed into Marple in 1936
Stockport (metropolitan borough), Greater Manchester, Englandmetropolitan borough into which it has been located since 1974
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog


the text in this section is based on an article in Wikipedia

Marple is a small town which since 1974 has been within the Metropolitan Borough of Stockport, in Greater Manchester, England where it is an unparished area. It lies on the River Goyt southeast of Stockport.

Between 1894 and 1974 Marple was an urban district located in the county of Cheshire. Marple had a population of 23,480 in the 2001 UK Census.

GENUKI provides the following information

Marple was a township and chapelry in Stockport ancient parish in Macclesfield Hundred which became a civil parish in 1866. The urban district established in 1894 was increased in size in 1936 by the addition of parts of the parishes of Bredbury, Romiley and Hazel Grove and Bramhall and by the complete parishes of Mellor and Ludworth which were transferred into Marple Urban District from Chapel-en-le-Frith Rural District in Derbyshire. The population was 2,031 in 1801, 3,558 in 1851, 5,505 in 1901, and 13,073 in 1951.

Marple includes the hamlets of Barns Fold, Hawk Green, High Lane in Marple, Marpleridge, Middlewood, Ridge End, Strines, Turf Lea and Windlehurst. High Lane is now a village or town of approximately 5,800 people.


the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia

Marple was predominantly within the Macclesfield Forest, and was omitted from the Domesday survey of 1086. The first mention of the area was in 1122 in a deed for the sale of land. In 1220 the land passed to the Vernon family where it remained for several generations.

Many pre-Industrial Revolution inhabitants of the village mostly worked on small farms, while others specialised in linen weaving and hatting. After 1790, Samuel Oldknow transformed much of this lifestyle, with the construction of lime kilns and mills. The Industrial Revolution had arrived, and the population of the village began to rise with the construction of terraces to house mill workers and the formation of a village centre filled with private businesses.

In the early 1800s the town prospered from the success of cotton production in nearby Stockport and Manchester, and the canals in the area served as a vital link with other industrial towns. The railway had arrived in the mid-1800s and this caused the demise of the canal as a transport link. With the opening of the railway commuting to Stockport and Manchester from the village was possible.

Research Tips

  • The GENUKI and UKBMD pages on Cheshire and its parishes point to many other sources of information on places within the county. The many small parishes and townships that existed before 1866 are treated individually as well as the larger towns and conurbations.
  • A Vision of Britain through Time provides a series of maps from the Ordnance Survey illustrating the towns and villages of Cheshire and also the borders between parishes. The following group of maps provide views of the county at various dates, illustrating the changes in administrative structure.
  • Cheshire Archives and Local Studies have organized a facility to compare 19th century maps (including tithe maps circa 1830) with modern Ordnance Survey maps. These are available for every civil parish. The detail is very magnified and it is difficult to read any placenames on the older maps. Cheshire Archives and Local Studies are the local keepers of historical material for the county.
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