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St Martin's Church Low Marple Extraordinary Women Mrs Ann Hudson Geoff Brammall

Each year St. Martin’s Church, Low Marple, participates in the national Heritage Open Days.  This year the national theme is “Extraordinary Women” and the displays and events at St. Martin’s contribute in various ways to this theme. Our hidden gem of a church, next to Marple Station, will be open on Saturday 15th September and the afternoon of Sunday 16th.  

The building of St. Martin’s in 1867 was funded by a remarkable family of women – Mrs Ann Hudson, her daughter Maria Ann and granddaughter Fanny Marion after Ann inherited Brabyns Park from her cousin John Wright.

Our weekend will begin with a talk on Friday evening, at 7.30 p.m by Geoff Brammall on Hildegard von Bingen.  On Saturday the church will open to visitors at 10.00 for guided, or self guided tours.  At 11.00 a.m. renowned local historian Judith Wilshaw will conduct a talk and walk about the Hudson family and their lives.  The walk will take you into Brabyns Park where the manor house once stood giving you the context of the surroundings as they would have been when the family lived there. The famous Father Willis organ will be played by Reg Holmes between 2 and  4 p.m. and children will have the opportunity to dress up in costumes from Lyme Park. They can follow our new Church Trail too.  We expect a visit from “Miss Hudson.” There will be displays in church on its history and heritage.

Further displays will be found In our Parish Hall, showing the lady who founded Guiding in Marple,  the work of Mary Harrison and her embroidery group, and an Art Exhibition. In addition you will see the exhibitions about Brabyns Hall as a Military Hospital and The Women’s Work 100. Stalls of saleable crafts goods will be in the hall also.

Refreshments will be available each day.

This promises to be a stimulating weekend.  We are proud to be part of the national Heritage Open Days, as we have such a rich heritage at St. Martin’s.

Do come along and visit us.

Any further details from Ann Sayer 0161 427 2542. Or visit our website http://www.stmartinsheritagetrust.org.uk. Find us on Facebook and Twitter,