This image of a date stone from a garden on Shirley Avenue has been passed on by Marple Local Hostory Society. Can any of you history buffs out there shed any light on where this might be from? Or the meaning of the upside-down heart symbol?
There are no clues to the initials GE or IGE on the 1836-51 Tithe Maps (http://maps.cheshire.gov.uk/tithemaps/TwinMaps.aspx
) but 1702 is considerably earlier than these.
The fields on which Shirley Avenue was built were all owned by the Bradshaw Isherwoods and it is obviously close to the sites of Norbury Smithy and Peace Farm, so it is probably something to do with these but it would be nice to establish a real link.