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.
A History Evening at St Martin's is being planned by the Trust for Friday 21 April, with a talk by Anthony Burton dealing with Parish History and at which we hope to begin to capture more of the oral history of the Church.
Save the date in your diary, further details to follow!
We will be starting our programme of openings on Saturday mornings from Saturday 15 April 2017 until Saturday 28 October 2017 from 1030-1230. Come along to see the restored Whall painting. We will be looking for more stewards/guides for this project over the next year: if you would be interested in becoming a guide please contact the Trust via our Contact Us page: full training will be given! The first training meeting will be held on Saturday 15 April 2017.