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.
We have recently completed the restoration of the Christopher Whall painting in the Lady Chapel ("Our lady of the Goyt") thanks to a very generous donation from one of our Friends. We are holding a viewing of the painting in Church on Saturday 26th November from 1030-1230 when coffee and biscuits will be served. Come along and see the result of the first restoration and conservation project undertaken by the Heritage Trust.
The church opens at 10.30 and at 11.00 there will be a brief speech about the restoration and the opportunity to meet Mrs. Cuff, the benefactor.
Displays about Christopher Whall and his work will be on show, and there is an opportunity to see the Restorer, David Everingham's photos of the process of restoration. A film on Arts and Crafts stained glass will be shown also, and this includes much of Christopher Whall's work.
Refreshments will be available, and the church will be open until 12.30.