1835 Pigot and Co`s Commercial Directory for Derbyshire


including Compstall Bridge, Marple and Romiley

to list of names

MELLOR, a chapelry in the parish of Glossop, in the High Peak hundred, is two miles from Marple, six and a half from Glossop, eight from Chapel en le Frith, seven from Stockport, and 14 from Manchester. The church dedicated to St James, which is of stone, is erected on a commanding situation, a short distance from the village: the Rev. Matthew Freeman enjoys the curacy for life: the gift of the living is in the Thornton family. Here is a small Sunday School, belonging to the church, and Wesleyan and primitive methodist chapels. In a vault in the churchyard is a coffin, cut out of the solid stone; the lid of which is of the same material, and is covered with masonic characters cut in the stone; the person for whom this substantial and final requisite was made is still living, and personally superintended its construction. The extensive concern of T. R. & S Waller, cotton spinners and thread manufacturers, here gives employment to a great number of hands. The population of the chapelry, in 1821, was 2,099 and at the last census (1831) it had sustained a diminution of 40 persons.

ROWARTH about a mile from Mellor, is a hamlet in the same parish as that town, in Glossop Dale; containing several manufacturies in the cotton branch, from which the inhabitants of the hamlet derive their support.

MARPLE and MARPLE BRIDGE, commonly called Upper and Nether Marple, (Nether Marple or Marple Bridge, being situate in the county of Derby), form a chapelry in the parish of Stockport, about 5 miles E.S.E. from that town, and 12 from Manchester. The spinning of cotton, bleaching and calico printing, are carried on to some extent in the chapelry and neighbourhood, and upon the river Goyt are some corn mills. Not far from the village is a noble aqueduct of three arches, which bestrides the river Mersey. A branch from the Peak Forest canal to Macclesfield was opened here on the 9th November 1831; it joins the Mersey canal at Lawton, being 26 miles and a quarter in length, and is a most material convenience to this manufacturing neighbourhood. Wyberslegh Hall, now a farmhouse, is noted as the birth place of the notorious John Bradshaw, who was president of the high court of justice which condemned King Charles 1. In the registers of Stockport church his birth is thus entered: `1602, John the sonne of Henry Bradshaw, of Marple, was baptised the 10th of December`. In the margin is the word traitor, with a line under it. It is said the following prophetic lines were written by this staunch adherent to republican principles, on a stone in the churchyard of Macclesfield:

`My brother Henry must heir the land

My brother Frank must be at his command

While I, poor Jack, will do that

That all the world shall wonder at `

He died in 1659. The probate copy of his will, which may still be seen at Marple Hall. contains a bequest of £700 to purchase an annuity for maintaining a free school at Marple; the changes brought about with regard to property, at the restoration, prevented this provision from being available. Henry Bradshaw, who survived his brother, however, founded a small school here, and endowed it with the interest of £100 which has since been augmented by other benefactions. Marple Hall is a noble old house, finely situated on the rise of a hill above the Goyt, and is the property, as well as Wyberslegh Hall of John Isherwood Esq. a descendent of the before named president Bradshaw. Here is a chapel of ease to Stockport, rebuilt of stone with a tower, containing the old bells of Stockport church. It is dedicated to All Saints, and the living is a perpetual curacy, in the gift of the Rector of Stockport - the Rev. W. W. Johnson is the incumbent; the registers commenced in 1655. Besides the church, here are chapels for Wesleyan and primitive methodists. The chapelry contained, in 1821, a population of 2,646, and in 1831, 2,678 inhabitants.

ROMIL(E)Y is a township in the parish of Stockport, from which it is distant about four miles, situate on the hills bordering on the neighbouring county of Derby. Chadkirk chapel is in this township, nearly opposite to Marple Hall; and there are chapels for independents and Wesleyan methodists, the latter is also used as a Sunday School. The living of Romil(e)y, or Chadkirk is a perpetual curacy, in the patronage of the Rector of Stockport. The number of inhabitants, in 1821 was 1,181 and in 1831, 1,290.

COMPSTALL BRIDGE, a thriving village, in the parish of Stockport is five miles from that town and two from Marple. The principle employment of the inhabitants is cotton spinning, calico printing and weaving. The situation of this place is delightful, and being surrounded by hills, cold is rarely felt here in its severity. No court in any of the neighbouring towns has jurisdiction over this place; a county court writ from Chester, being the only process that can be employed. The Wesleyan and primitive methodists have each a chapel here, which are the only places of worship. Thirty years ago, Compstall consisted of only a few straggling cottages, but since the establishment of the cotton manufactur, it has been gradually rising to its present thriving condition. The population is about 1,700.

POST OFFICE Marple, Mary Bullivant Post Mistress. Letters arrive from Stockport every afternoon about four, and are despatched every morning at eight. Compstall Bridge Thomas Dyson Post Master - Letters arrive from Stockport every afternoon at three, and are despatched every morning at seven. By this post letters are likewise coveyed to and from Mellor.



Andrew George Esq., Green Hall, Compstall Green

Alsop John, Marple

Barlow Mrs Mary, Birch Vale Romiley

Baxter George, Marple Bridge

Batley Rev. Joseph, Marple Bridge

Booth Henry, Romiley

Bennett Rev. Thomas, Hatherlow

Booth Peter, Romiley

Bradley Mr James, Green Bank, Compstall Bridge

Booth Sarah, Romiley

Bruckshaw Joshua Esq., Harryton

Bridge James, Compstall Bridge

Clayton John Esq., Marple Lodge

Bridge James, Marple

Freeman Rev. Matthew, Mellor

Brocklehurst Thomas, Compstall Bridge

Hadfield Moses Esq., Mellor

Bullivant Mary, Marple

Isherwood John Esq., Marple Hall

Chatterton John, Marple Bridge

Johnson Rev. William Wilbraham, Marple

Cooper Joseph, Mellor

Lees Thomas Esq., Townscliff, Mellor

Cotterill James, Mellor

Marriott Hyde Esq., Marple

Froggatt Elizabeth, Mellor

Marriott Thomas Esq., Marple

Gee Joseph, Marple

Moult Mr. Emanuel, Marple

Hadfield John, Rowarth

Mount Thomas Esq., Mellor Hall

Hambleton Joel, Mellor

Orford Richard Esq., Marple

Hawkyard Thos. Compstall Bridge

Orford Thomas Esq., Marple

Heap John, Mellor

Ratcliff Rev. Wm. Red Brow, Romiley

Jinks William, Marple

Rixson Jas. Esq., Orange Tree, Romiley

Kelsall Henry, Marple

Simpson Richard Esq., Mellor Lodge

Kirk John, Marple Bridge

Swindells Mr Peter, Marple

Marsland Robert, Marple

Tomlinson Mr James, Cobden Edge, Mellor

Norbury George, Marple

Walmsley Charles Esq., Marple

Oliver Samuel, Compstall Bridge

Wane Edw. Esq., Rose Hill, Marple

Pearson John, Mellor

Wheeldon Henry Esq., Marple

Pickford Joseph, Mellor

Wright John Esq., Brabbin`s Hall

Platt Anthony, Marple Bridge

Wright William Esq., Marple

Platt Thomas, Compstall Bridge


Pollitt John, Romiley

Goddard John (brdg & day) Marple

Ratcliffe Samuel, Mellor

Hadfield John, Mellor

Reece James, Rowarth

Hibbert Wm. Compstall Bridge

Rowbottom James, Marple

Hiles Benjamin, Compstall Bridge

Swindells James, Marple

Mann Richard, Marple

Thompson William, Marple Bridge

Matthewson Duncan, Compstall Bridge

Waller Ralph jun. Mellor

NATIONAL SCHOOL, Marple - Joshua Ernill, master

Warhurst James, Compstall Bridge

Warren James, Mellor

Woolley John, Compstall Bridge


Woolley Thomas, Romiley

Eccles Aaron, Marple

Woolley Thomas, Mellor

Paulden David, Marple

Woolley Thomas jun., Mellor

Walmsley Charles, Hollins, Marple



Ollerenshaw John (& slater) Mellor

Hartley Benjamin, Marple

Stafford Simeon, Mellor

Heywood Martha, Marple Bridge


Ingham James, Marple

Hibbert James, Marple Bridge

Mather John, Compstall Bridge

Hibbert Peter, Marple

Seville Joseph, Mellor

Tomlinson James, Mellor

Yarwood John, Marple Bridge

TomlinsonWilliam, Chapman`s Fields, Ludworth



Brocklehurst Thomas, Mellor

Allen Thomas, Marple Bridge

Hartwell John, Rowarth

Brailsford Samuel, Mellor


Dawson James, Marple

Hambleton Daniel, Mellor

Dawson Joseph, Marple

Higginbottham John, Marple Bridge

Gibbens Isaac, Marple Bridge

Stafford James, Mellor

Howden Thomas, Mellor

Stafford William, Mellor

Jackson John, Marple


Jackson Joseph, Marple

Arnfield Thomas, Mellor

Longley William, Compstall bridge

Bagshaw George, Mellor

Mason William, Marple

Barker William, Marple Bridge

Wood Joseph, Compstall Bridge

Beard James, Marple Bridge


Clark Edward, Compstall Bridge

Board, John Bennett, Ludworth

Fielding Henry, Marple

Board, George Boden, Rowarth

Gregory John, Marple Bridge

Board, Nanny Tomlinson, Brookbottom, Mellor

Hallam Joseph, Marple Bridge

Bowling Green, Robert Boden, Marple

Hulme Henry, Marple

Bull & Heifer, Samuel Booth, Romiley

Norbury Joseph, Marple

Bull`s Head, George Green, Marple

Pearson Eli, Compstall Bridge

Bull`s Head, George Taylor, Marple

Ryley James, Rowarth

Church Inn, Thomas Woolley jun., Mellor

Styles Charles, Mellor

Craven Heifer, Thomas Bromiley, Romiley

Swindells James, Marple

Devonshire Arms, George Froggatt, Mellor

Walker George, Compstall Bridge

Foresters` Arms, John Hough, Romiley


Fox, John Howard, Brookbottom, Mellor

Boulton James, Marple Bridge

Greyhound, Samuel Swindells, Romiley

Brindley Isaac, Compstall Bridge

Hare & Hounds, Chas. Addison, Marple

Brindley Thomas, Marple

Hare & Hounds, Joseph Brierley, Mellor

Greaves William, Compstall Bridge

Hare & Hounds, Nathl. Fox, Marple Bridge

Hand Thomas, Mellor

Hare & Hounds, John Shaw, Rowarth

Howe Abraham, Marple Bridge

Hare & Hounds, Mary Woodruff, Chadkirk

Ratcliffe Wm. Compstall Bridge

Horse Shoe, Robert Bradbury, Marple

Turner Thomas, Mellor

Horse Shoe, John Wright, Marple Bridge


Jolly Sailor, Joseph Rowbottom, Marple

Addison & Siddall, Chadkirk

Junction Inn, Thomas Hyde, Rowarth

Andrew Edward & James, Compstall Bridge

King`s Head, Margaret Gee, Romiley


Navigation, James Chatterton, Marple

Andrew George, Compstall Bridge

Norfolk Arms, Jas. Boulton, Marple Bridge

Clayton & Brooke, Norbury

Odd Fellows` Arms, Abrm. Heap, Mellor

Jowett James & Jonathan, Compstall Bridge

Railway, Samuel Oldham, Marple Bridge

Jowett Jonathan, Mellor

Royal Oak, William Shaw, Mellor

Tomlinson James, Shay Marsh, Mellor

Shuttle, Thomas Shaw, Compstall Bridge


Sportsman`s Arms, Geo. Hudson, Mellor

Andrew, Bruckshaw&Co.(&manuf.by power)Compstall Bridge

Wellington, Thomas Hand, Mellor

Brierley Jesse, Mellor


Clayton John & Co, Mellor

Archer Daniel, Marple Bridge

Froggatt George, Mellor

Axon Thomas, Romiley

Ratcliffe Samuel, Mellor

Bates James, Mellor

Stanney John (& manuf. by power) Mellor

Bennett Joseph, Marple

Waller Thomas, Ralph & Samuel (&candlewick makers) Mellor

Booth Peter, Romiley

Wild George, Rowarth

Bridges Ottiwell, Mellor


Bunting John, Mellor

Stanney William, Mellor

Hambleton Joel, Mellor

Tomlinson William, Mellor

Handforth Matthew, Mellor

GROCERS etc - see Shopkeepers & Dealers in Groceries etc.

Higginbottom Peter, Compstall Bridge


Holden Samuel, Mellor

Oldham Samuel, Marple Bridge

Kinsey Lownds, Marple

Oldham Thos. Mellor

Moors Thomas, Compstall Bridge

Ryle John & Son, Holehouse Fold, Romiley

Ratcliffe James, Compstall Bridge


Reece James, Rowarth

Bowden Josiah, Marple

Shaw Samuel, Compstall Bridge

Platt John, Marple Bridge

Stanney Robert, Marple Bridge

Slack Thomas, Brookbottom

Twist Mary, Compstall Bridge

Torkington Thomas, Marple

Warhurst James, Compstall Bridge

Torkington Thomas jun., Marple



Broadhurst Samuel, Marple

Clayton John & Co., Marple

Longson James, Mellor


Morten John, Marple

Bridge James, Marple

Pott Joseph, Marple

Cooper John, Compstall Bridge



Atkin Isaac, auctioneer, Marple Bridge

Bowden Josiah, Marple

Bates James, painter, Mellor

Haigh James, Rowarth

Bridges Ottiwell, tallow chandler, Marple


Chadwick Jermh. baker, Compstall Bridge

Bennett John, Ludworth

Frith William, boat builder, Marple

Handford Joseph, Marple Bridge

Hall John, cotton banding maker, Mellor


Howard Samuel, builder, Mellor

Bunting Elizabeth, Marple Bridge

Hyde Thomas, gunsmith, Marple

Clark Susannah, Compstall Bridge

Middleton Richard, (exec. of the late) plumber & glazier, Marple Bridge

Goddard Ann, Marple Bridge

Mitchell Isaac, millwright, Marple Bridge

Torkington Margaret, Marple

Osbaldiston William, cow leech, Marple

Warhurst Hannah, Compstall Bridge

Rowbottom Eli, overseer, Marple

Wild Elizabeth, Mellor

Swindells William, currier, & Marple


Walker John, bookkeeper to the Peak Forest Canal Co., Marple

Boden James, Mellor

Washington Henry, bookkeeper to the Macclesfield Canal Co. Marple

Holden Samuel, Mellor

Watters Geo. clothes dealer, Compstall Bridge


Gee Daniel, Marple Bridge

Morris William, Marple

COACHES To MANCHESTER, A Coach (from New Mills) calls at the Jolly Sailor, Marple every Tuesday and Saturday morning; goes through Stockport. To STOCKPORT a Coach (from New Mills) calls at the Jolly Sailor, Marple, every Friday morning at nine. Both these coaches return to New Mills (through Marple) the same evenings about six. CARRIERS To MANCHESTER James Platt, from Marple Bridge every Tuesday. To STOCKPORT John Handford, daily and John Seville, every Friday, both from Mellor.