St Martin's Low Marple Heritage Trust
St Martin’s Low Marple Heritage Trust exists to preserve and make known the artistic heritage of St Martin’s church, a Church of England church in Marple, which lies within the Metropolitan Borough of Stockport in the Greater Manchester area.
St Martin’s is a parish church in the liberal Catholic tradition of the Church of England. It was founded in 1870 by a local family who, influenced by the Oxford Movement and the ritual revival in the Church of England, wished to establish a church where Anglo-Catholic ceremonial would be observed. To create a worthy setting for this, the church employed prominent architects and designers over a period of fifty years. The church now stands as a treasury of work by artists in the English Arts and Crafts Movement. It is a Grade II* Listed Building, and thus of national significance. The Trust hopes to gain wider recognition of the artistic worth of the church, and to make it more accessible to the local community.
Friday 14th to Sunday 16th September:
Our programme for the National Heritage Open Weekend is now finalised. The theme for the weekend is "Extraordinary Women" and the programme starts on Friday 14th September with an illustrated lecture by Dr Geoff Brammall on Hildegard of Bingen, a 12th Century German mystic, philosopher, composer and writer.
The programme continues on Saturday between 1000 and 1600 with exhibitions in the Church and Hall, guided tours and walks, organ playing and bell ringing. Children are well catered for with opportunities to meet "Miss Hudson" and to dress in period children's costume (2-4pm), together with an art activity trail in Church. On Sunday the Church and Hall are open 1200-1600 with exhibitions, tours and organ playing.
We are particularly pleased this year as part of the Open Weekend to have a special exhibition of embroidery by Mary Harrison, a doyen of embroidery in Cheshire and the North West and a well-known teacher and judge at local shows. Mary uses a wide variety of embroidery techniques to produce exquisite work using both traditional and modern designs. She rarely exhibits her work and this is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy her beautiful pieces of work.
Other exhibitions over the weekend include Guiding in Marple (the founder of Guiding in Marple in 1913 is buried in St Martin's Churchyard), the Brabyns Hall Hospital, and Women of Marple after WW1.
Light refreshments will be available in the Hall over the weekend.