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A Spotlight On Marple

The Big Move is a series of blog posts detailing the process of moving Matthew James Publishing up North. In this series of short posts, we’ll be talking about everything from the heavy lifting to our new home in Marple whilst keeping tabs on things down in Essex at the same time.


A blue plaque dedicated to Agatha Christie denotes the small yet significant impact Marple has had on the literary world. Donated by Christie’s grandson Mathew Prichard, the plaque proudly describes the town as an inspiration – and it genuinely is.

As mentioned in our previous blog post, Matthew James Publishing is moving to Marple – both myself and James are already set up in a small office inside the historic Goyt Mill – and the fact that this quiet little town in Stockport is known worldwide, thanks to one author and her incredible contribution to fiction, already makes us feel like we’re in the right place.

A flourishing cultural hub with a thriving community, Marple really is a great place to be right now and we’re excited at the prospect of settling in here and making MJP a big part of the community. We’re already looking into what we can do in the local area and are making fantastic connections with local businesses, so the future is looking bright indeed. Of course, we’ll be keeping everyone in the loop through this blog, our website and our TwitterFacebook and Instagram pages too. 

In short, we want to be involved with everything Marple has to offer and hope that we can prompt the town’s next great literary success.

Click on the gallery below to explore some of the sights of Marple that we have quickly come to love. If your favourite place in the town is not included, please let us (and everyone else) know about it in the comments below.