The Churches of Britain and Ireland

Marple, Greater Manchester

Marple on Wikipedia.

All Saints, on Church Lane. One of that small group of churches with a separate tower. War Memorial. SJ 9614 8793. Both Mike Berrell. Hearse House, and skull-and-crossbones detail, and the lych gate, all Mike Berrell (2011). Another view, and the interior, both Stephen Ogley. Link. Grade II listed, wherein it's dated to 1878-80. For related listed features (lych-gate, monuments etc.), see here. Previously in the Unknown section is the old church of All Saints. An old postcard from Phil Smith, the staging in the tower is distinctive, and the lych-gate helps. And what is the building lurking behind the trees to the right - another church? Identified by Tim Hollinghurst, who advises that it is of the old church, of which only the tower survives. The new church was built a little way further south. A Streetview from 2019 shows both tower and later church, and shows that the postcard dates from when the new church had been built, but the body of the old one still survived. A better version of the scanned postcard can be seen here. SJ 9612 8798. Its grade II listing has a good photo of the tower, which is dated to 1808-12.

Holy Spirit (R.C) on Leigh Avenue and Westbury Drive. Interior view. SJ 9542 8848. Both Mike Berrell. Link.

Independent Evangelical Church on Queen Street. SJ 9603 8857. Mike Berrell. Streetviews show that between 2009 and 2016, this had become All Connect, an outreach from All Saints.

Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses on Edwards Way. SJ 953 885. Mike Berrell (2010). By 2023 (Streetview) it looked rather different, and was in use as a nursery.

Marple Methodist Church, previously Primitive Methodist, on Church Lane. Also used by the Religious Society of Friends. Windows. SJ 9593 8840. Both Mike Berrell. Link. The original core of the building isn't obvious, though the roof apexes can be seen (maps show the chapel to the right, Sunday School to the left). I don't know on what basis Mike assigned this chapel to the Primitives - no available maps mark it as such (though it is shown as Methodist). Genuki calls it Wesleyan.

The now demolished Mount Pleasant Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, on The Ridge, Marple Ridge. Photographed from a photograph in the Ridge Methodist Church (see below), and reproduced by kind permission of the chapel leaders. SJ 9626 8708. Mike Berrell. Its site remains undeveloped, and was seen by Streetview in 2023. The present Methodist Church is seen at left.

The former Religious Society of Friends on Church Lane (cottage in centre of photo) is now in secular use since the Friends now meet in the Methodist Church (above). SJ 957 886. Mike Berrell.

The Ridge Methodist Church, on The Ridge, Marple Ridge. Interior view. This is the former Sunday School to Mount Pleasant Wesleyan Chapel (demolished, see above), but it had been the church before its now demolished neighbour was built (source, where the original chapel is dated to 1844, its successor to 1876). It also has a photo of a now-demolished barn where services were held before the first chapel was built. SJ 9626 8710. Mike Berrell. Link.

U.R.C. on Hibbert Lane. It's labelled on older maps as Congregational. SJ 9572 8842. Interior view. Both Mike Berrell. Link.





20 March 2024

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