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Re: MLHS Season 2019-2020: Meeting Topics
« Reply #4 on: December 03, 2019, 07:15:29 PM »
Next Society Meeting: Monday 9th December
"90 Years of Swizzels-Matlow"
Nici Matlow


A producer of such famed sweets as Fizzers, New Refreshers, Lipsticks and Whistles, the Swizzel Matlow factory squeezes between the railway and the Peak Forest Canal, in New Mills. The story of the company, starts in an East London factory in 1928 when the Matlow Brothers began producing jellies and chews. 1933 saw the two brothers joining forces with local rival David Dee, his company Swizzels, specialising in the manufacture of fizzy sweets in compressed tablet form. During World War II the constant threat from the Blitz forced the hand of the company, moving to New Mills as a short term measure into a former textile mill that previously made wicks for miners' lamps in 1940. They began to produce lines of sweets that are still eaten, including Parma Violets, which sold for a halfpenny when they were launched in 1946, and the first chew lolly, the Drumstick, created by accident.

In 2020 the 'temporary' measure of 1940 will be 80 years of age.

If the promise of mince pies is insufficient to tempt members and visitors to the December meeting, then certainly the sweet history of Swizzels Matlow as told by Director Nicki Matlow must do so. An early Christmas treat of an evening!


The meetings take place in Marple Methodist Church on Church Lane, Marple.  Postcode: SK6 7AY
Visitors are welcome to attend at a cost of £3.
Doors open 7:15pm ready for the meeting at 7:45.
Access is via the main entrance on Church Lane (opposite Mount Drive) and the meetings will be held on the church ground floor.
Martin Cruickshank
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Re: MLHS Season 2019-2020: Meeting Topics
« Reply #3 on: November 13, 2019, 08:42:33 PM »
Next Society Meeting: Monday 18th November
"Manchester's Radical Mayor: Abel Heywood, the Man who Built the Town Hall"
Joanna Williams


November’s talk? First let’s try a little word association, Manchester Town Hall –  does Alfred Waterhouse or closed for six years come to mind ?

Or what of the clock bell, Great Abel, weighing in at 8 tons 2.5 cwt in the 280ft tower? Abel who ? You may well ask.

Abel Heywood, that's who.

Born in 1810 to a poor family in Prestwich, his father's death when Heywood was only 5 resulted in him having received very little formal education. Despite this Heywood built up a thriving printing and bookselling business at an early age. A radical in his politics, Heywood nevertheless won a succession of positions in local government, serving as both a town councillor and as an alderman prior to his first election as mayor in 1862. A mayor who published "Poor Man's Guardian", a working man's newspaper which sold for one penny. Refusing to pay the stamp duty imposed on all newspapers of the time, he was prosecuted several times, serving a 4 month prison sentence in the early 1830s. . It was during his second term as mayor, in 1877, that he presided over the opening of his city’s new town hall, which served as both as a symbol of Manchester’s newfound status and an embodiment of Heywood’s role in shepherding its development. Speaker Joanna Williams, author of ‘Manchester’s Radical Mayor: Abel Heywood, The Man Who Built the Town Hall’ will explore many fascinating facets of this Mancunian’s history at the monthly meeting.

The meetings take place in Marple Methodist Church on Church Lane, Marple.  Postcode: SK6 7AY
Visitors are welcome to attend at a cost of £3.
Doors open 7:15pm ready for the meeting at 7:45.
Access is via the main entrance on Church Lane (opposite Mount Drive) and the meetings will be held on the church ground floor.
http://www.marplelocalhistorysociety.org.uk/society-meetings.html
Martin Cruickshank
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Re: MLHS Season 2019-2020: Meeting Topics
« Reply #2 on: October 15, 2019, 10:15:32 AM »
Next Society Meeting: Monday 21st October
James Brindley – the first canal engineer
In the eighteenth century Britain was moving from a largely agricultural way of life to a more industrial one. Large quantities of raw materials were required and once produced; goods had to be brought to the consumers. Roads of the time were poor and transport on them unreliable.

James Brindley (1716-1772) was one of the early canal engineers who worked on some of the first canals of the modern era. He played an essential role in shaping the way canals were built during the Industrial Revolution. His engineering skills were mostly self-taught, often through trial and error. His first experience of canal building came when the Duke of Bridgwater wanted a canal to connect his mines in Worsley to the trading centre of Manchester. Brindley, of humble origins, was a millwright by training. He went on to act as senior engineer on the Trent and Mersey Canal. When his fame spread he then became involved, in some capacity, in work on 363 other canal projects! At the October meeting Roy Murphy will examine the life of and the challenges faced by Brindley and his solutions. Brindley’s legacy survives today.
The meetings take place in Marple Methodist Church on Church Lane, Marple.  Postcode: SK6 7AY
Visitors are welcome to attend at a cost of £3.
Doors open 7:15pm ready for the meeting at 7:45.
Access is via the main entrance on Church Lane (opposite Mount Drive) and the meetings will be held on the church ground floor.
Martin Cruickshank
webmaster, Marple Local History Society

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MLHS Season 2019-2020: Meeting Topics
« Reply #1 on: September 06, 2019, 03:06:16 PM »
Next Society Meeting: Monday 16th September
Ordnance Survey Maps
After a brief history of the Ordnance Survey, the lecture concentrates on the uses of their large scale maps and plans as evidence for the local historian.
The scales concerned are the 6-inch and 25-inch maps and the 5-foot and 10-foot town plans.
Dr. Paul Hindle was a Senior Lecturer in Geography at Salford University, and is Hon. Secretary of Manchester Geographical Society.

He is the author of Maps for Historians (Philimore, 1998)

Be sure not to miss this opening  meeting, as the 2019-2020 season unfolds, details below, running from September 2019 to the distant April 2020.

Please note: The first of the Carver Theatre's season of plays will be showing on the 16th September, The Chadwick Street car park will be busy.
At a glance: Meetings 2019 - 20 Season
    16th September 2019: Paul Hindle – Ordnance Survey History

    21st October: Roy Murphy – James Brindley – the first canal engineer

    18th November: Joanna Williams – Manchester's Radical Mayor: Abel Heywood, the Man who Built the Town Hall.

    9th December: Nici Matlow – 90 Years of Swizzels-Matlow

    20th January 2020: Judith Wilshaw – From Ancient Tracks to Modern Highways

    17th February: Neil Mullineux – The Leghs of Lyme: How to join the aristocracy

    16th March: Nigel Linge – The Red Box

    20th April: AGM & Frank Pleszak - WW2 bombing of New Mills and Hayfield
The meetings take place in Marple Methodist Church on Church Lane, Marple.  Postcode: SK6 7AY
Visitors are welcome to attend at a cost of £3.
Doors open 7:15pm ready for the meeting at 7:45.
Access is via the main entrance on Church Lane (opposite Mount Drive) and the meetings will be held on the church ground floor.

http://www.marplelocalhistorysociety.org.uk/society-meetings.html


Martin Cruickshank
webmaster, Marple Local History Society