Why you should move to Marple Bridge
PUBLISHED: 08:33 02 September 2010 | UPDATED: 08:54 05 January 2015
Marple Bridge is pretty as a picture.
Marple Bridge is pretty as a picture. The village, full of lovely stone-built houses on the banks of the River Goyt, could have been lifted straight from a postcard. Although it may not be large in size, the community at the heart of the village is full of locals passionate about the area. Some of these are involved with the Marple Bridge Association whose main aim is to promote the interest of the community and to make it an even more attractive place for those people and visitors to the village.
The centre of the village is Town Street where you will find the main shopping area. Here you will find a handful of shops, pubs and the local post office.
Marple Bridge is located very close to the Derbyshire border, near Marple. It once played a large role in the textile industries - cotton magnates Samuel Oldknow and William Radcliffe built mills here. These eventually went into decline but the village boomed and expanded regardless. It also once had its own colliery and gas works.
The village, once part of the Glossop parish, is now home to several listed buildings, including the Church of St Martin, the Norfolk Arms and Marple Bridge, the bridge that crosses the Rover Goyt. Parts of the village are in a designated conservation area, including Brabyns Park, once the grounds of Brabyns Hall which also features an original Georgian bridge. Today, it is a popular site for walkers who can follow the Brabyns Park Discovery Trails. There is plenty to do in the village too with many local groups and societies to get involved with. There are also plenty of people flying the flag for the village they live in including hill farmer John Bellis, who lives on a farm just outside the village. For 30 years he has combined running his 60 acre farm with a successful career as a watercolour artist. The self-taught artist’s works have been bought by art lovers in Australia, Canada, Japan, South Africa, Norway and Finland. LS Lowry admired his paintings when he once visited a local pub.
You are also within striking distance of stunning countryside on the Cheshire/Derbyshire border providing many opportunities for local walks, bike rides and other outdoor pursuits.
When it comes to property you have to move fast. Houses don’t come on to the market too regularly and once they do competition is fierce. The average cost of a home comes in at £156,000, lower than the national average. And refreshingly there are ones to suit every budget. Whether you are looking for a country pile with views to die for – with a million price tag – or a small terraced home to get your foot on the property ladder, there is something to suit all budgets. An added bonus is that many of the houses are filled with character and features.
There are plenty of reasons to consider a move to Marple Bridge. But don’t just take our word for it, get there and take a look.
Ups: Pretty place, close to stunning countryside, a few local schools, adequate facilities and a bustling community
Downs: May be a little too quiet for some people. Traffic can be an issue.
Schools: Ludworth Primary School, 0161 427 1446; St Mary's Catholic Primary School; 0161 427 7498
Transport: The nearest railway station is in nearby Marple, buses run fairly frequently to Stockport as well as over to Glossop. You nearest airport is Manchester International Airport, located less than ten miles away
Commuting: Marple Bridge is located near to the M60 motorway which gives access to the rest of the nearby motorway network.
Shops: A small number of good shops providing most of the essentials
Restaurants/bars: there are a handful of local restaurants and pubs offering quality home cooked food as well as fine dining
Weekend fun: Get yourself out in the great outdoors and explore some of the locally countryside around Marple Bridge. Get involved with one of the local groups too. For those who love singing, we've heard the Marple Bridge Association is now trying to set up a Marple Bridge Community Choir too.