In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Marple like this:
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 extraparochial tract. Acres, 6,230. Pop., 5,128. Houses, 1,059.
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Marple has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Stockport. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Marple and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Marple, in Stockport and Cheshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 18th June 2013
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