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.
Owing to continued lockdowns, we have decided to postpone our ‘Year of William Morris’ to 2022. In 2021, the main event will, we hope, be our participation in the nationwide event, the Heritage Open Days in September. We will, we hope, be able to open the church as in former years, with plenty of information available about our artistic heritage. The special national theme this year is food, under the title ‘Edible Britain’, and we are hoping to mount a small exhibition about food shops in Marple over the years.
Meanwhile, we intend to host a number of Zoom talks in order to keep Friends in touch. See the link below for details.