Marple, Cheshire Family History Guide

Marple is an Ecclesiastical Parish in the county of Cheshire, created in 1738 from chapelry in Stockport St Mary Ancient Parish.

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Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1655
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1715

Nonconformists include: Independent/Congregational, Primitive Methodist, and Wesleyan Methodist.

Adjacent Parishes

  • Werneth
  • Stockport St Mary
  • Norbury
  • Disley
  • Mellor, Derbyshire
  • Prestbury
  • Poynton with Worth
  • Chadkirk
  • Bredbury

Parish History

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

MARPLE, a village, a township-chapelry, and a subdistrict, in Stockport district, Cheshire. The village stands on the Peak Forest and Macclesfield canal, and on the Manchester, Hyde, and New Mills railway, near the river Goyt at the boundary with Derbyshire, 4 miles SE by E of Stockport; and has a station on the railwa y, and a post office under Stockport. The chapelry is in Stockport parish, and comprises 3,210 acres. Real property, £11,808. Pop. in 1851, 3,558; in 1861, 3,338. Houses, 684. Marple Hall and much of the land belong to T. Bradshaw Isherwood, Esq., a descendant of the brother of John Bradshaw, who presided at the trial of Charles I., and was a native. The cotton ma nufacture is carried on. The living is a p. curacy in the diocese of Chester. Value, £150. Patron, the Rector of Stockport. The church was rebuilt in 1812; comprises nave, aisles, and chancel; and contains a monument to Oldnow, who planned the canal. There are chapels for Independents, Wesleyans, and Primitive Methodists, a national school, and charities £15. The Independent chapel was built in 1865. The sub-district contains also two other townships of Stockport parish, and an extra-parochial tract. Acres, 6,230. Pop., 5,128. Houses, 1,059.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].


Vision of Britain historical maps


  • County: Cheshire
  • Civil Registration District: Stockport
  • Probate Court: Pre-1541 - Court of the Bishop of Lichfield (Episcopal Consistory), Post-1540 - Court of the Bishop of Chester (Episcopal Consistory)
  • Diocese: Pre-1541 - Lichfield and Coventry, Post-1540 - Chester
  • Rural Deanery: Macclesfield
  • Poor Law Union: Stockport
  • Hundred: Stockport Borough
  • Province: York