Marple Bridge

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Marple Bridge
Marple Bridge - - 221043.jpg
Looking downstream to Marple Bridge over the Goyt
Marple Bridge is located in Greater Manchester
Marple Bridge
Marple Bridge
Location within Greater Manchester
OS grid referenceSJ971893
Metropolitan borough
Metropolitan county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtSK6
Dialling code0161
PoliceGreater Manchester
FireGreater Manchester
AmbulanceNorth West
UK Parliament
List of places
Greater Manchester
53°24′07″N 2°02′38″W / 53.402°N 2.044°W / 53.402; -2.044Coordinates: 53°24′07″N 2°02′38″W / 53.402°N 2.044°W / 53.402; -2.044

Marple Bridge is a district of Marple in the Metropolitan Borough of Stockport, Greater Manchester, England, on the River Goyt, which runs through the centre of the village, close to Marple.

Historically part of the civil parish of Glossop, Derbyshire, it was included in the new parish of Ludworth and Chisworth in 1866.[1] Ludworth became a separate parish in 1896 and was abolished in 1936, when the former parish was transferred to Cheshire and amalgamated into Marple Urban District.[2] In 1974, the urban district was abolished and Marple Bridge became part of the Metropolitan Borough of Stockport in the county of Greater Manchester. It shares borders with Mellor, Marple, Compstall, New Mills, Strines, Mill Brow and Chisworth. It is in the ecclesiastical parish of Mellor; the parish church of St. Thomas stands several hundred feet higher than the village, overlooking Greater Manchester and Cheshire.


The village is served by Marple station on the Hope Valley line between Manchester Piccadilly and Sheffield.

The village has several bus services running through it. The most regular services run on a Stockport circular route to Romiley and Bredbury (383 anticlockwise) and to Marple and Offerton (384 clockwise). There is also an hourly 394 service to Glossop in Derbyshire and Stepping Hill Hospital in the other direction. It also has bus services to Hayfield and New Mills also in Derbyshire.

Conservation Area[edit]

Marple Bridge village centre has been designated a Conservation Area. The Conservation Area was originally established in 1974 and was extended in 2006 to incorporate Brabyns Park.[3]

Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council has produced a Conservation Area Character Appraisal document, outlining the reasons that the Conservation Area has been designated as such. In justifying the reasons for designation, this document states of the town: “Marple Bridge is a predominately stone-built village situated on the banks of the River Goyt, just to the north east of Marple... Historically the location had significance as a bridging point on the route between Stockport and Derbyshire and where water power was available initially for a forge and corn mill. Marple Bridge developed from the 18th century as a small urban centre. Of special importance is the landscape setting of Marple Bridge formed by the steep-sided valley of the [River] Goyt...”[4]


Marple Bridge has two schools, Ludworth Primary School and St Mary's Catholic Primary School.

Notable people[edit]

  • Pete Mitchell, radio presenter, lives in Marple Bridge
  • Band Delphic are residents of Marple Bridge
  • Andy Votel, musician and DJ, grew up in Marple Bridge

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