A much loved and much visited 26 foot landmark, the cross on Cobden Edge, Mellor was erected by Churches Together in the Marple Area in 1970 and has been a symbol for our community since. Sadly the winter storms of 2015 caused irreparable damage.

The original cross was made by a local carpenter and erected one afternoon by a group of men from the local churches who carried the wood pieces up the steep hill to Cobden Edge and then put the cross together on site using a long ladder and ropes. It would not be possible to repeat this because of present Health and Safety requirements. After taking professional advice, the decision was made to take down what remains of the existing cross and replace it with a stronger structure of galvanised steel, clad with wood to retain the original appearance. This time it seems necessary to employ a local professional construction engineer. It is hoped work will go ahead in 2018.
Many people, churchgoers or not, value the cross overlooking our community and have been asking when it will be restored from its present T-shape to become once again the loved local landmark.
Churches Together aim to raise £25,000 for a NEW CROSS.
The churches themselves are raising funds which have now reached £10,000 and support from the wider community is being sort.
Lord Andrew Stunell, our former MP writes:
For years the Cross on Cobden Edge has been a landmark.
It’s become not only a statement of faith but is now part of our area’s identity, a destination for walkers of all ages (and religious viewpoints), and a useful gauge of the weather when rain sweeps in and it disappears from sight!
Having had the great privilege of representing you in Parliament I know what a great sense of pride local people take in our community and its heritage, so I know that you will share my enthusiasm to see this unique feature restored and playing its full part in public life.
So whether you are a church-goer, or simply someone who cares deeply about preserving the features of our local heritage and environment that make this area so special, I hope you will join me in helping to restore the Cross on Cobden Edge.”
Every Good Friday since the Cross was erected
Christians from the area have walked from Linnet Clough scout camp up to the Cross stopping to worship on the way. This popular event attracts people of all ages . This year we meet at Linnet Clough Car Park at 5.30 pm.