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.
As we continue to celebrate 150 years of worship on the site of St Martin's Church, we have an Arts and Heritage weekend.
On Friday evening, 3rd November, in the Parish Hall at 7.30 we have a concert – cafe style - with refreshments and drinks available. The Cantus Bravura choir will entertain us with songs of yesteryear, both before and after the "Conversation with Margot". Margot Comer will reminisce on her life in Marple and at St. Martin's Vicarage, when her father, Rev. Harry Simmonds was Priest here in the late 1930s to early 1950s. She knew Fanny Marion Hudson. We hope listeners will join in with their memories too. Donations towards the evening will be welcomed.
On Saturday from 10.00-4.00 and Sunday 12.00-4.00 the church will be open for visitors to see artworks relating to Rev. Ann's recently completed tapestry. She based her design on an unused design for one of the windows by Christopher Whall, and invited a number of groups and individuals to interpret that design in different media– silk, threads, paint and paper. The completed works will be on display, together with displays by the Heritage Trust and other local organisations.
Drinks, cakes and biscuits will be available during each day.