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.
Friday 12 November 2021
Illustrated Zoom presentation at 7.30pm.
The Trust describes how it has researched the stained glass at St Martin’s, including preservation and restoration methods, and explains its hopes for further work on the stained glass.
Friday 10 December 2021
Illustrated Zoom lecture at 7.30pm
St Martin’s Christmas Tree Festival returns this year (after absence due to the pandemic), and our Christmas crib will appear in church as usual. In this talk Anthony Burton considers the origins of these customs.