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Title: Memories of Marple!
Post by: alison on January 04, 2012, 11:25:09 PM
As a bit of light relief, I thought I'd start a new topic. I grew up in Marple and have many happy memories of it (obviously the age of the rememberer gives them all a rosy hue!). Here are a few, and I was wondering what others people have

1. One year as part of the carnival celebrations the local shops had a 'spot the odd one out' competition in their display windows. For some of them it was quite tricky. Me and my brothers spent hours going round all the window displays.

2. They used to put on a summer show at the Carver, I was in it once, I played the butcher's wife in The Golden Goose!

3. Marple Library used to have this scheme for kids where you read books, then went and told the librarian all about the book you had read, and then you got certificates at different numbers of books read.

4. The boating lake in the memorial park (where the kids play area is now)

5. Going to swimming club at the Baths, and then nipping down to the Chocolate Box for a quarter of sweets from a jar

Alison
Title: Re: Memories of Marple!
Post by: Barbara on January 05, 2012, 10:18:22 AM
And probably a lot more that parents didn't get told about!!   ;)

I remember there being two dress material shops, plus two knitting wool shops.  And Mr Guest the greengrocer always made sure he had bunches of daffodils cheap enough for children to buy for Mum on Mothering Sunday.  There are lots more memories - I have always loved living here and am glad we moved here in 1974.
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Post by: Lisa Oldham on January 05, 2012, 11:03:27 AM
Dens behind the curly wurly tree!! 
The big den on seven stiles !!
Skol lager !  Best not tell you about that Barbara ;)

The low but huge planters on the main road that I always walked into when looking at boys!

Climbing up the steps by the jolly sailor and jumping off the other end every time I went past.. right up until I left to go to college!

Being sacked from the (as it is now) Rolling Pin just a yr or 2 before Dave and Viv came!

Please note I moved to Marple when I was 12 so not quite the same type of memories as REAL marple people ;) There'll be more!
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Post by: Henry_ on January 06, 2012, 03:13:21 PM
Rave nights* on Fridays at Marple Liberal Club (The Libradome) in about 1991  8)

* Rave nights that finished at 11pm  :D
Title: Re: Memories of Marple!
Post by: RAY NOBLE on January 06, 2012, 04:17:47 PM
I played on the curly wurly tree in the 1940s my children 1960s, grandchildren 1980s, not sure of the great grandchildren I will ask next time they call round. Ray
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Post by: Miss Marple on January 06, 2012, 05:53:51 PM
One of the highlights for me was the cycle race which attracted lots of professional cyclist but of course the downside was it closed down all the main roads in Marple and as a teenager we wanted to head for the bright lights of Romiley but we were stuck until all the roads reopened.  Can someone remind me how often it happened was it every year I just can not remember.
Another was getting apples by going in the farm yard and climbing over the vets wall in the now car park on Hibbert Lane
Another was planning how we could let the animals escape from the slaughter house behind Littlewoods butchers to save them from their fate.
Title: Re: Memories of Marple!
Post by: Lily on January 06, 2012, 07:05:37 PM
I'm intrigued.  Where's the Curly Wurly Tree?
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Post by: RAY NOBLE on January 06, 2012, 07:50:34 PM
DALE ROAD ON THE RIGHT JUST PAST TREETOPS (WAS CRIPPLE CHILDREN'S HOME) OPPOSITE NAB LANE. RAY
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Post by: Lily on January 06, 2012, 07:58:19 PM
Thankyou, Ray, I'll have to go for a walk and investigate (weather permitting!!!).  I hope it's still there.
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Post by: Blossom on January 06, 2012, 08:08:26 PM
I used to love it when my mum took me to the Copper Kettle cafe.  If my memory serves me right it used to be where the chinese take away is opposite the cinema.  I also remember the Ark cafe and the cafe over the top of what was Hanburys.  I also used to love going into the shoe repairing shop on Market Street which was around about where Helen Winterson is now.  The owner was a lovely man and the shop always smelt of leather. 

   
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Post by: Blossom on January 06, 2012, 08:16:40 PM
One thing I find it hard to believe now is when buses used to go down Derby Way.
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Post by: Miss Marple on January 06, 2012, 08:17:26 PM
I used to love it when my mum took me to the Copper Kettle cafe.  If my memory serves me right it used to be where the chinese take away is opposite the cinema.  I also remember the Ark cafe and the cafe over the top of what was Hanburys.  I also used to love going into the shoe repairing shop on Market Street which was around about where Helen Winterson is now.  The owner was a lovely man and the shop always smelt of leather. 

   
it was Mr Proctor in the shoe repair shop !
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Post by: Miss Marple on January 06, 2012, 08:23:16 PM
One thing I find it hard to believe now is when buses used to go down Derby Way.
and Church lane had two way traffic ?
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Post by: Lily on January 06, 2012, 08:34:27 PM
Carnival Queen dances, in the winter, at Marple Swimming Baths.  I seem to remember that they used to board the pool over for the dance floor.  They also had a mirrored globe.
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Post by: amazon on January 06, 2012, 08:55:05 PM
One of the highlights for me was the cycle race which attracted lots of professional cyclist but of course the downside was it closed down all the main roads in Marple and as a teenager we wanted to head for the bright lights of Rommel but we were stuck until all the roads reopened.  Can someone remind me how often it happened was it every year I just can not remember.
Another was getting apples by going in the farm yard and climbing over the vets wall in the now car park on Hubert Lane
Another was planning how we could let the animals escape from the slaughter house behind Littlewoods butchers to save them from their fate.

. Tour of Britain one year it came down from gloss op lower fold through Marple I remember it well we had just moved in to lower fold and someone had as kip on the road just below Windsor castle the police were playing hell they wanted it moved they were not very happy that must be over thirty years ago .and Mrs Benson's shop on the corner of gloss op road she used to sell bit of every thing had  a dog called Tina it used to lick the cheese on the counter .no health inspectors in the days the old coop on the bottom lower fold that was still open but not as a coop .used to be a great iron mongers now were Ian man is another great deli shop now were the estate agents is gascoins .hams and all sorts hung up i inside great days could go on forever .
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Post by: Barbara on January 06, 2012, 10:07:28 PM
And Mr Proctor in the cobblers used to appear up from the cellar behind the counter - always reminded us of the demon king in the panto.  Also the barbers in the cellar just up from the Bulls Head - he had old brass firemen's helmets on display there, which used to fascinate our boys. (Haircuts were nothing to write home about though!) :D
Title: Re: Memories of Marple!
Post by: thebigshed on January 06, 2012, 10:55:11 PM


4. The boating lake in the memorial park (where the kids play area is now)


Alison

I remember falling into the boating pond as a small child.  My Mum said they could hear my screams back home in Romiley.
Title: Re: Memories of Marple!
Post by: alison on January 06, 2012, 11:04:46 PM
ooo you lot are sparking memories! The cafe on Brabyns Brow (now Purple Pakora) where we used to get a Dandelion and Burdock, oh yes and Mr Procter the cobbler on Derby Way.

And the scary usher in the cinema, who was lovely really, and the man who owned it who was so nice to me when my tooth fell out in the middle of Bedknobs and Broomsticks, who ran out in the rain to his car to get some tissues to stem the flow of blood!

And Sam the dog who used to sit on a gatepost on Manor Road and say hi to all the schoolkids on their way home!

Alison
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Post by: JMC on January 06, 2012, 11:59:45 PM
Does anone remember Jimmy Saville visiting the Co-op? (Many years ago!)

I remember the Stiffs shop and the friendly man/men who ran it.

A friendly old lady who lived on Stockport RD and waved to all the kids when they walked past.

Very sadly remember searching for a toddler who went missing on the canal about 20 years ago, there were many volunteers pulling together as a strength of the community willing to help, but sadly it was a tragic ending :(

The cafe upstairs (not sure which shop it was above but upstairs one of the shops near where Angel hair is now) which did fantastic breakfasts and milkshakes and was run by two lovely older ladies.

I remember Noel Gill Sports, Chocloate Box, Downtown, Corner shoe shop, Johns supersave, Pram shop, seconds shop and loads of other stores.


Title: Re: Memories of Marple!
Post by: Barbara on January 07, 2012, 08:26:37 AM
I also remember excitedly rushing from dropping the kids off at Rosehill School to queue for the opening of the new Co-op (No Miss M, the original one where Mackays is now).  Seem to remember if you spent £5 you got free stuff,including a chicken. 

And there were two shoe shops including Turners (where the Pound Shop is now) who were brilliant at children's shoes. 

And do you remember collecting pennies to buy all the daffodils that were planted in the Memorial Park?
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Post by: heather on January 07, 2012, 07:49:29 PM
Mr proctor was on market street next to the horseshoe tunnel he could always find a pair of shoes no matter how much money you had on his counter was a sign that read i cried cos i had no shoes till i saw the boy with no feet, i remember most of the shops on derby way being homes mum lived in one as a child it was the bottom one where toast is she tells of Goddard and buckingham being where the carpark is,i remember the carpark being Walsh's building yard dad would push us down in the wheelbarrow and get a barrow full of sand and we would have to walk home.which shop did the cobblers where you had to go down the steps to become cant decide if it was the jewelers or the house of flowers which is now the pound shop
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Post by: RAY NOBLE on January 08, 2012, 10:44:31 AM
The cobblers shop down the steps on market street belonged to Mr Bill Bradbury when you went on the arranged day to pick up a pair of repaired shoes it was always !they will be ready tomorrow! and they were. Bill and his wife and two children lived above the shop. At one time Bill was the leading fire officer at Marple fire station in the memorial park and if you happened to be in his shop when the fire siren went you were asked to leave , Bill locked the door jumped on his push bike and off he went to the fire station. Next door was Mr.Dawson the grocer then  Frank Wardel the Undertaker. Painter & Decorator, and Musician. Mr Chapman butcher. Mr Chew hairdresser, Mr Somerset i think he sold radio's, then the Pineapple
,  Ray
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Post by: badger on January 08, 2012, 11:07:00 PM
Can anyone remember the restaurant on Dale Road, backing onto the railway, don't know it's name?
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Post by: My login is Henrietta on January 08, 2012, 11:45:45 PM
  I also used to love going into the shoe repairing shop on Market Street which was around about where Helen Winterson is now.  The owner was a lovely man and the shop always smelt of leather.   
You mean Sid Proctor's shoe shop. It used to frighten me when I was little. The cellar (where the repairs were done) entrance was in the floor behind the counter so when the shop door was opened and the bell rang Mr P senior used to rise up behind the counter like the demon king. Gave me the whillies every time I went in with my mother.

Does anyone else remember the rocking horse in the window above Astley's shop? And Old Mr Astley being Father Christmas in the upstairs show room? It was years before I cottoned on that it was Mr A and not the real Father Christmas.(Astleys was where the newsagents is on Market Street.

And Clara Fox (or Clara Cluck, as my irreverent father used to call her!), thesmall (and rather select) dress shop next door to Astleys?
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Post by: My login is Henrietta on January 08, 2012, 11:46:59 PM
Carnival Queen dances, in the winter, at Marple Swimming Baths.  I seem to remember that they used to board the pool over for the dance floor.  They also had a mirrored globe.
And didn't we think it was sophistcated?
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Post by: My login is Henrietta on January 08, 2012, 11:49:18 PM
One of the highlights for me was the cycle race which attracted lots of professional cyclist but of course the downside was it closed down all the main roads in Marple and as a teenager we wanted to head for the bright lights of Rommel but we were stuck until all the roads reopened.  Can someone remind me how often it happened was it every year I just can not remember.
Another was getting apples by going in the farm yard and climbing over the vets wall in the now car park on Hubert Lane
Another was planning how we could let the animals escape from the slaughter house behind Littlewoods butchers to save them from their fate.

. Tour of Britain one year it came down from gloss op lower fold through Marple I remember it well we had just moved in to lower fold and someone had as kip on the road just below Windsor castle the police were playing hell they wanted it moved they were not very happy that must be over thirty years ago .and Mrs Benson's shop on the corner of gloss op road she used to sell bit of every thing had  a dog called Tina it used to lick the cheese on the counter .no health inspectors in the days the old coop on the bottom lower fold that was still open but not as a coop .used to be a great iron mongers now were Ian man is another great deli shop now were the estate agents is gascoins .hams and all sorts hung up i inside great days could go on forever .

And Cosadinos's hairdressers in the same row as Ian Mann
Title: Re: Memories of Marple!
Post by: My login is Henrietta on January 09, 2012, 12:04:11 AM
And Mr Proctor in the cobblers used to appear up from the cellar behind the counter - always reminded us of the demon king in the panto.  Also the barbers in the cellar just up from the Bulls Head - he had old brass firemen's helmets on display there, which used to fascinate our boys. (Haircuts were nothing to write home about though!) :D
Sorry Barbara. I hadn't seen yours before I posted mine. Glad I'm not the only one who thought about the demon king.

But the barbers in the cellar? There was the cycle shop and Mr Bradbury's cobblers shop in the cellars but I don't remember a barbers there.There was a barbers - Mr Chew's - further up Market Street - second from the end of the block between Chapman's butchers and Mr Headridge who was the estate agent and sometime Mayor. As regards the firemen's helmets - Mr Bradbury, the cobbler, was a fireman. It was a volunteer service in those days and Mr B had a bell which rang when there was a fire. My dad used to reckon that it was 4 minutes between Mr B's bell sounding and the fire engine turning out of Hibbert Lane.

When I turned 18 Dad gave me a list of pubs in Marple I wasn't to go into. The Pineapple and the Bulls Head were on it as they were considered to be a bit disreputable and the Romper, which father said was where businessmen trook their secretaries (what they got up to next was never spoken of but seemed to involve the quarry!)
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Post by: My login is Henrietta on January 09, 2012, 12:05:49 AM
ooo you lot are sparking memories! The cafe on Brabyns Brow (now Purple Pakora) where we used to get a Dandelion and Burdock, oh yes and Mr Procter the cobbler on Derby Way.

And the scary usher in the cinema, who was lovely really, and the man who owned it who was so nice to me when my tooth fell out in the middle of Bedknobs and Broomsticks, who ran out in the rain to his car to get some tissues to stem the flow of blood!

And Sam the dog who used to sit on a gatepost on Manor Road and say hi to all the schoolkids on their way home!

Alison
I had a Sunday Job at the Station Cafe (Purple Pakora) when I was in 6th form
Title: Re: Memories of Marple!
Post by: My login is Henrietta on January 09, 2012, 12:09:49 AM
Does anone remember Jimmy Saville visiting the Co-op? (Many years ago!)

I remember the Stiffs shop and the friendly man/men who ran it.

A friendly old lady who lived on Stockport RD and waved to all the kids when they walked past.

Very sadly remember searching for a toddler who went missing on the canal about 20 years ago, there were many volunteers pulling together as a strength of the community willing to help, but sadly it was a tragic ending :(

The cafe upstairs (not sure which shop it was above but upstairs one of the shops near where Angel hair is now) which did fantastic breakfasts and milkshakes and was run by two lovely older ladies.

I remember Noel Gill Sports, Chocloate Box, Downtown, Corner shoe shop, Johns supersave, Pram shop, seconds shop and loads of other stores.
I was forbidden to go on the canal bank without my parents for fear I would fall in and drown. Was panic-stricken when we were taken along the canal bank with Guides (I was about 12). Couldn't decide which would be worse - drowning or my mother finding out where I'd been!
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Post by: My login is Henrietta on January 09, 2012, 12:13:03 AM
Can anyone remember the restaurant on Dale Road, backing onto the railway, don't know it's name?
Had a very ancient waiter with an enormous hearing aid. Oh. I am enjoying this!
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Post by: My login is Henrietta on January 09, 2012, 12:21:29 AM
The cobblers shop down the steps on market street belonged to Mr Bill Bradbury when you went on the arranged day to pick up a pair of repaired shoes it was always !they will be ready tomorrow! and they were. Bill and his wife and two children lived above the shop. At one time Bill was the leading fire officer at Marple fire station in the memorial park and if you happened to be in his shop when the fire siren went you were asked to leave , Bill locked the door jumped on his push bike and off he went to the fire station. Next door was Mr.Dawson the grocer then  Frank Wardel the Undertaker. Painter & Decorator, and Musician. Mr Chapman butcher. Mr Chew hairdresser, Mr Somerset i think he sold radio's, then the Pineapple
,  Ray
You go back further than me then. Can't remember the Grocers next to Frank Wardle's (was it the Wiseway dry cleaners by the time I lived on Market Street) and by my time the end shop was the estate agent. And next door to Mr Wardle was Miss Bennion, (a private house). As children we were terrified of her but much later when I came back to live in the flat over our shop and she and I were the only residents of Market Street, I found out what a nice old dear she was
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Post by: Barbara on January 09, 2012, 09:37:14 AM
You are right Henrietta - my memory let me down (blame old age and visitors!).  I had got the cobblers and barbers mixed up - the children used to be very rude about having their hair 'Chewed'!  :D
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Post by: RAY NOBLE on January 09, 2012, 05:39:16 PM
Wiseway cleaners took over the shop when Mr & Mrs Dawson retired.  Ray
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Post by: admin on January 09, 2012, 05:43:02 PM
I'm intrigued.  Where's the Curly Wurly Tree?

Ray sent me a photo of the Curly Wurly Tree over the weekend but I was away, so couldn't upload it. Here it is now:


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Post by: heather on January 09, 2012, 07:48:30 PM
Hames the bakery with the mirror where you could pretend you were harry worth it was where the hairdresses is next to alan the paint,
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Post by: My login is Henrietta on January 10, 2012, 02:29:10 AM
Hames the bakery with the mirror where you could pretend you were harry worth it was where the hairdresses is next to alan the paint,

Formerly Wilson's (or possibly Gore and Wilson)?

Does anyone remember old Mrs Woodward? She of the slightly sinister sweet shop who had a son who, in modern parlance, had learning difficulties (won't repeat what the kids used to say)? Shop was - um - possibly where the cake decorating shop is in the row running between the wool shop (then Mr Rainford the Jeweller) and Neil's greengrocers (Then Harrop's greengrocers). Without standing outside and looking I can't be sure

And Becky Want who presents on the radio is the dausghter of June and Ernie Want who had the television shop in the same row.
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Post by: RAY NOBLE on January 10, 2012, 04:08:50 PM
Becky Want. The shop was a ironmonger's owned by Mr Sutton who was  Becky's Grandfather and June's father. Ray
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Post by: My login is Henrietta on January 10, 2012, 07:01:16 PM
Becky Want. The shop was a ironmonger's owned by Mr Sutton who was  Becky's Grandfather and June's father. Ray
While I lived in Market street June married Ernie and they took over the shop but IIRC it kept her father's name. In my time (1950s/60s) the shop sold TVs, etc., and had records (possibly upstairs and as a teenager I used to go there to spend my Christmas and birthday record tokens).

The ironmongers was Walsh's, presided over by Mrs Walsh who died last year in her 90s. I went to school with Stuart Walsh. The family were in the building trade.

As a very small girl I was appalled when the stone cottages with gardens in front, next to Trinity Chapel,  were demolished to build the hideous 50s modern block of shops (where Boots is now). It probably counted as slum clearance and they may have provided very unsatisfactory living conditions but I thought they were very pretty - to be fair I couldn't have been much older than 4 or 5 when they went. I've been very much against things being knocked down in the name of mammon ever since.
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Post by: My login is Henrietta on January 10, 2012, 07:06:57 PM
You are right Henrietta - my memory let me down (blame old age and visitors!).  I had got the cobblers and barbers mixed up - the children used to be very rude about having their hair 'Chewed'!  :D
Yes, and when we were at school Mr Chew's daughter had to put up with a lot of good-natured and not so good-natured ragging about her name. The last I heard she had never married so she appears to have learned to live with it!

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Post by: RAY NOBLE on January 14, 2012, 01:55:47 PM
In c1947 a weekly market of about 15 stalls was opened on land next to The Jolly Sailor where the shops are now, it lasted about six months, someone in Stockport Town Hall found in the archives an old law stating that markets were not allowed within a radios  seven miles of Stockport so ended the market.      Ray 
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Post by: My login is Henrietta on January 18, 2012, 11:07:36 PM
In c1947 a weekly market of about 15 stalls was opened on land next to The Jolly Sailor where the shops are now, it lasted about six months, someone in Stockport Town Hall found in the archives an old law stating that markets were not allowed within a radios  seven miles of Stockport so ended the market.      Ray 
Oh, the fair used to set up there, in the 1950s didn't it? I was tken by my parents once when I was small but I didn't like the noise so we never went again.

I wonder, if the by-law is extant how do Famrers' Market get away with it, I wonder. I'd always thought that Marple must have had a market back in the mists of time (well probably the 19th century) because of the name of Market Street
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Post by: Water Rat on January 19, 2012, 05:15:38 PM
Mr O'Gara was the friendly Irish street cleaner who pushed his barrow round in the 1960's and 1970's.
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Post by: certa cito on January 28, 2012, 10:14:12 PM
Does anyone remember Jimmy Saville visiting the Co-op? (Many years ago!)


I do he was there for the opening of the coop or something, funny but not 3 days ago I was telling my Dad about meeting him there.

I remember the bon bon on Church Ln, the Choclate box on Stockport Rd. Going for a loaf for my Nanna at the bakers that used to be next to where the Cheshire is now. The kids boating lake and wishing the council would fill it full of water.

Marple in the mid 80's was a young boy's dream, living 2 secs from the countryside and the canal.
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Post by: Water Rat on January 29, 2012, 05:35:54 PM
Kenny Everett and the "Nice Time" programme team at the bonfire in the Memorial Park in the 60's
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Post by: heather on January 29, 2012, 08:28:35 PM
i remember the bonfire and fireworks dad took me and my brother and sister i reckon it was 66/67 gore and Wilson's was where the cafe and light shop are it was probably the first supermarket in Marple
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Post by: bazschofield on February 01, 2012, 08:18:31 PM
I played on the curly wurly tree in the 1940s my children 1960s, grandchildren 1980s, not sure of the great grandchildren I will ask next time they call round. Ray

I have a picture of the Schofield clan on the curly wurly tree from about 1970     Barrie
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Post by: RAY NOBLE on February 02, 2012, 08:01:29 PM
Barrie. Would that be Antony, Ian, Peter, John, and Julie..  Ray
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Post by: JMC on February 04, 2012, 07:35:01 PM

I do he was there for the opening of the coop or something, funny but not 3 days ago I was telling my Dad about meeting him there.

I remember the bon bon on Church Ln, the Choclate box on Stockport Rd. Going for a loaf for my Nanna at the bakers that used to be next to where the Cheshire is now. The kids boating lake and wishing the council would fill it full of water.

Marple in the mid 80's was a young boy's dream, living 2 secs from the countryside and the canal.

Ah I thought it may have been opening the Co-op. I too remember the Chocolate Box and the boating lake. You're right, Marple is a lovely place to grow up.
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Post by: Lisa Oldham on February 05, 2012, 12:42:40 PM
Someone told me the other day that the Curly wurly tree is scheduled for removal :(
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Post by: Water Rat on February 09, 2012, 09:33:47 PM
For the slightly balding amongst us - how about Fred Hyde the barber in Marple Bridge?  I well remember sitting in the chair for a short back and sides and wondering what singing meant on the price list.
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Post by: bazschofield on February 12, 2012, 05:36:18 PM
Barrie. Would that be Antony, Ian, Peter, John, and Julie..  Ray

Yes Ray it was   only Tony wasnt there with us that day    i could put it on here if i knew how   do i need to send it to someone   ?   Barrie

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Post by: admin on February 12, 2012, 07:32:24 PM
Barrie's picture has now been added to his post.
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Post by: bazschofield on February 12, 2012, 07:38:41 PM
Does anyone remember the CHEMIST that used to be on station road ?    Going from the Jolly Sailor   past the first row of terraced houses it was in the first detached house on the right   next to the passage from Station Road to Hollins Green Road
I can remember going in it used to scare me to death   very dark,  only one light bulb    and the man who used to be there looked like Alfred Hitchcock  i used to run all the way home   lol lol
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Post by: RAY NOBLE on February 12, 2012, 07:47:39 PM
Barrie  I think you have that wrong, in fact i am sure you have. Ray.
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Post by: bazschofield on February 12, 2012, 08:06:29 PM
Barrie  I think you have that wrong, in fact i am sure you have. Ray.

Ill ask my mum  she's a font of all knowledge
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Post by: bazschofield on February 18, 2012, 06:24:54 PM
Can anyone remember the restaurant on Dale Road, backing onto the railway, don't know it's name?

Yes i remember it   a lad i used to go to rose hill school with  his mum and dad ran it for a while   i keep trying to think of the name of it  but cant get it yet  lol      i remember it had a spanish name    and it was a wooden building on a brick base     ill ask my mum  she might know its name  Baz
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Post by: Mrs O on February 18, 2012, 07:42:18 PM
It may of been called Glendale at one time or something like that.A man who lived in New Mills ran it.
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Post by: Mrs O on February 18, 2012, 07:53:31 PM
Does anyone remember the CHEMIST that used to be on station road ?    Going from the Jolly Sailor   past the first row of terraced houses it was in the first detached house on the right   next to the passage from Station Road to Hollins Green Road
I can remember going in it used to scare me to death   very dark,  only one light bulb    and the man who used to be there looked like Alfred Hitchcock  i used to run all the way home   lol lol
The chemist on Stockport rd loooked like Alfred Hitchcock,he didn't dress his window very often.It was full of faded crepe paper and displays of soap,talcom powder and bath cubes that you couldn't read the label on due to fading.His name was Mr Morris he retired to Wales.
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Post by: RAY NOBLE on February 19, 2012, 02:32:18 PM
Mr. Morris the chemist was commonly known as the Welsh Wizard. When you went to see him with a prescription he more often than not said. I have something better than that in the back.  The last owner of   Dale Road Cafe  was Gorden Pott I have been to many wedding reception there.   Ray
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Post by: bazschofield on February 19, 2012, 07:34:27 PM
Mr. Morris the chemist was commonly known as the Welsh Wizard. When you went to see him with a prescription he more often than not said. I have something better than that in the back.  The last owner of   Dale Road Cafe  was Gorden Pott I have been to many wedding reception there.   Ray

Dale Road Cafe    thats it  i thought it had a spanish name for some reason  it could have changed name a few times  !!!!    I went to rose hill school with Ian Potts   whose dad  owned it
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Post by: bluebelly on March 01, 2012, 10:49:17 AM
brilliant post,the chocolate box, stiffs, the butchers next door? ,dr reader, the alpine man, building tree dens and bonfires where the holy spirit church is,cycling up to the quarry,dee discount. was there a sports shop up near the navigation pub?some fantastic childhood mems, youthclub at the ridge,the old lady who used to come and sit and dance with us on the hollins?...
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Post by: heather on March 13, 2012, 09:53:59 PM
what was norbury mews before they were built  i know it was the smithy years ago but what came in between please
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Post by: RAY NOBLE on March 14, 2012, 10:08:25 AM
Mr.Wood coal merchant at the Marple end and at the other end was Pickups engineers they moved to 
 Sunwell Terrace Hawk Green
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Post by: admin on March 18, 2012, 09:15:18 AM
This comment from Heather Plevin (nee Hines) who lived in Flood Gates Cottage from 1939 to 1954 has been added to the Roman Lakes walk page on the main site but I though it was worth posting here too:

The side gardens of Mellor Lodge faced the Mill's main frontage. Our friend and neighbour Miss Ella Cecelia Furniss, an elderly lady, lived at Strawberry Hill, a lovely home near the Roman Bridge. (Ella's late father was agent for the Oldknow/Arkwright Estate). She attended Mellor Lodge - an exclusive young ladies school. I remember both Mellor and Marple Lodges standing. Also a stone house with gothic style windows [the Garden House] in the field on the Marple side of the River Goyt. It was demolished and the area became a council tip. Miss Furniss's uncle Edwin lived in "Old Hall". He was then in charge of Roman Lakes etc. At weekends he was in the box office of the lake (6d entry) while his niece supervised the tea-room with helpers Mrs Harrop and "young" Phyllis from Mellor (who was at least 60 or 70 years old). I only just remember seeing dancing (music by Mr Chew) later conditions [of the dance hall] made made it unusable and, perhaps times having changed, unwanted. Later a Mr Stan Burgess was manager of the lake. The Strawberry Hill Furniss's are buried at Mellor Church.
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Post by: alison on March 18, 2012, 08:22:38 PM
As the person who started this thread can I say a huge THANKS to everyone who has contributed so far. It's been brilliant seeing everyone's memories, and having them trigger other memories for me.

I'll add just one for now - did anyone else attend the David Wilkie swimcamp that they help at the Baths and the Ridge one year - we were so starstruck! I still have my picture of me and David!

Alison
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Post by: marveld on March 18, 2012, 09:00:47 PM
I'll add just one for now - did anyone else attend the David Wilkie swimcamp that they help at the Baths and the Ridge one year - we were so starstruck! I still have my picture of me and David! Alison

At the time, I was in the 6th form at Marple Hall studying A-level art. My project was "Places for Bathing Since Roman Times". I managed to interview David Wilkie at the gym and asked him for his views on new family fun pools that were becoming popular. The one thing I recall was the disappointment of the children since David never entered the pool that year and kept his tracksuit on for the entire swim camp.
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Post by: alison on March 18, 2012, 09:33:12 PM
I was far too young for those kind of thoughts! Although I do remember having my friends take the rib out of me mercilessly when he put his arm round me for the photo!
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Post by: marveld on March 18, 2012, 11:19:01 PM
I was far too young for those kind of thoughts!

That's not what I meant, lol!  The kids were simply disappointed that they'd paid for a Swim Camp and their Olympic hero David Wilkie couldn't even be bothered to get into the pool for a swim.
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Post by: My login is Henrietta on March 20, 2012, 12:35:19 AM
Does anyone remember Jimmy Saville visiting the Co-op? (Many years ago!)


I do he was there for the opening of the coop or something, funny but not 3 days ago I was telling my Dad about meeting him there.

I remember the bon bon on Church Ln, the Choclate box on Stockport Rd. Going for a loaf for my Nanna at the bakers that used to be next to where the Cheshire is now. The kids boating lake and wishing the council would fill it full of water.

Marple in the mid 80's was a young boy's dream, living 2 secs from the countryside and the canal.
And the library was next door to the Bon Bon in the early '50s before it moved to where the Scout Hall is now.

Mr Fearnley's grocery(?) shop or baker, not sure which, where the extension to Hibbert Lane is now. I used to be sent for muffins for my Grandmother. And Greenhalgh's bakers on Church Lane
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Post by: My login is Henrietta on March 20, 2012, 12:48:24 AM
This comment from Heather Plevin (nee Hines) who lived in Flood Gates Cottage from 1939 to 1954 has been added to the Roman Lakes walk page on the main site but I though it was worth posting here too:

 Miss Furniss's uncle Edwin lived in "Old Hall". He was then in charge of Roman Lakes etc. At weekends he was in the box office of the lake (6d entry) while his niece supervised the tea-room with helpers Mrs Harrop and "young" Phyllis from Mellor (who was at least 60 or 70 years old). I only just remember seeing dancing (music by Mr Chew)
"I only just remember seeing dancing (music by Mr Chew)" Is Heather Plevin sure about this? If she is, I'd be very interested in more information on behalf of Mr Chew Jnr's daughter and Mr Chew Snr's Granddaughter. Would it have been Mr Maurice Chew or Mr Harry Chew providing the music?
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Post by: RAY NOBLE on March 20, 2012, 08:05:59 PM
I used to do work for Mr & Mrs Maurice Chew who lived on Buxton Lane and their daughter who lived on Lumn Road Hyde that is about twenty years ago.
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Post by: marveld on April 26, 2012, 04:03:18 PM
In the late 70’s whilst I was at Marple Hall, I made a mahogany coffee table in craft club (after school woodwork). I sourced the wood for the table top from a small merchant that used to be located at Otterspool Bridge, near where the miniature railway station is now. Does anyone have a bit more info on who traded there? Any photos? I kind of remember his place was not much more than small shed.
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Post by: RAY NOBLE on April 26, 2012, 07:58:09 PM
In the 1970s the wood yard belonged to a Mr Robinson and before that it was Alfred Fearnley. Ray
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Post by: marveld on April 26, 2012, 09:51:37 PM
In the 1970s the wood yard belonged to a Mr Robinson and before that it was Alfred Fearnley. Ray

Thanks Ray. Any relation to the Robinson's that used to own the wood yard at Rose Hill, prior to ECD?
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Post by: RAY NOBLE on April 27, 2012, 09:18:51 AM
Not sure sorry. Ray
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Post by: badger on April 27, 2012, 09:10:06 PM
The joiner was Frank Robinson (who's grandson, I think is Josh Robinson Excavations who has a depot at Rose Hill). Frank started at the farm on Hawk Green(now Ridge Crescent) and also had the shop on Church Lane which is now the Insurance Broker next to the Pineapple Inn, after moving from Otterspool. As far as I can remember he is/was no relation to Fred Robinson (joiner) who had the yard at Rose Hill previously, he was the one who came from the result of the Hibbert Lane extention at the rear of the baths. 
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Post by: My login is Henrietta on April 27, 2012, 11:49:02 PM
Does anyone remember Jimmy Saville visiting the Co-op? (Many years ago!)


I do he was there for the opening of the coop or something, funny but not 3 days ago I was telling my Dad about meeting him there.

I remember the bon bon on Church Ln, the Choclate box on Stockport Rd. Going for a loaf for my Nanna at the bakers that used to be next to where the Cheshire is now. The kids boating lake and wishing the council would fill it full of water.

Marple in the mid 80's was a young boy's dream, living 2 secs from the countryside and the canal.
And the library was next door to the Bon Bon in the early '50s before it moved to where the Scout Hall is now.

Mr Fearnley's grocery(?) shop or baker, not sure which, where the extension to Hibbert Lane is now. I used to be sent for muffins for my Grandmother. And Greenhalgh's bakers on Church Lane
Weren't there a lot of bakers in Marple way back when! We must have consumed an enormous amount pf bread and cakes. Archers, Wilsons, Wrights, Nixons (currently the Rolling Pin), Fearnleys, Greenhalgh's (not the same as the chain on The Hollins), Bennison's (?) opposite The Hollins and the Co-op sold bread as well although I don't think they baked it on the premises.

There was also Glovers Dairy on the corner of Derby St, where Littlewoods is now. As a very little girl I was convinced they kept the cows behind the shop and I was very worried about them when the little boy I played with told me that Littlewoods (then where All Things Nice now is) had a slaughter house!