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 had to postpone our programme for 2019-20 owing to the lockdown caused by the Covid pandemic. We hope, in the course of 2021, to be able to fulfil the programme we had arranged, but at present we cannot set dates for events. In the immediate future, we propose to participate in the national Heritage Open Day programme by opening the church on Friday 18 September 2020 from 14.00 to 1800, and Saturday 19 September from 10.00 to 15.00.
We hope during 2021 to follow through the events which we proposed for 2020, our ‘year of William Morris’. Dates will be fixed as soon as possible.