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 a number of events taking place later this year and are also looking forward to 2020.
Saturday/Sunday October 26th/27th 2019
Curated by Rev Ann Hyde, an exhibition in Church of artworks by various community groups taking inspiration from the stained glass window on the east wall depicting Christ in Majesty. The exhibition will be held in Church 1030-1600 Saturday 26th and from 1400-1600 Sunday 27th.
Saturday 23rd November 2019:
The Arts and Crafts Movement in the North West
A study afternoon with tea featuring 3 renowned Arts and Crafts experts from the region. We have been very fortunate to have Richard Fletcher, Barry Clark and Stephanie Boydell join us for what promises to be a real highlight in our programme.
Saturday 14th March 2020: Getting to know William Morris
2020 will be our year celebrating the work of William Morris to tie in to the 150th Anniversary of St Martin's Church. By way of introduction this study afternoon will feature a series of short talks focusing on Morris as poet, artist, designer and business man.