Welcome to the web site of Mellor Archaeological Trust
Revealing Oldknow’s Legacy
Online Sources This list was drawn up by Rachel Reader, Supervising Archaeologist, School of Environment and Life Sciences. Rachel gave two lectures at the Navigation Pub in Marple, in March 2017,...
John Glithero brought his model of Mellor Mill down to show the volunteers. It demonstrates how water power and steam engines powered the machinery. Chicken drumsticks served, too. Bob...
Mellor Mill Guided Tours:
The timetable for the volunteer Guides at Mellor Milll, may be found here. The tours take place on Saturday afternoon from 1pm to 4pm, and on Sundays from 10am to 4pm. Please check the pdf file for the latest news on the prescence of Guides.
Coming Up !
A note from Pamela Pearson, Learning and Interpretation Officer,Revealing Oldknow’s Legacy
We hope you are enjoying changing seasons and all the uncertainty it brings (which coat to wear - if any?) We are optimistic and planning for sun! Come and walk with us in the dappled sunlight at our next events, as we help you see Marple in a completely new way.
Saturday April 22nd is Earth day, and we’re joining in by hosting a day of interesting walks.
From a geology walk for people who want to know how Marple came to be the place it is today, to gentle family nature walks and even an evening bat walk!
On Wednesday 10th May we’ll be rising with the birds for our Birdsong identification and dawn chorus walk and on Tuesday 6th June we’re planning some half term fun, with family nature walks all about debunking the myths and legends of canal creatures, and exploring water birds and beasts.
Sad news for the world’s last steam-powered cotton spinning mill
Following on from the news in 2016 that Lancashire County Council had taken the decision to close several of its museums, including Queen Street Mill and Helmshore Mills Textile Museum,
English Heritage has just announced its decision not to acquire these two sites. For the moment, care and maintenance will continue but the museums will not re-open for the foreseeable future, if at all.
Higher Mill at Helmshore dates from c.1789 when the Turner family constructed a small, stone-built mill to enable local home-based weavers to have their cloth fulled without having to trek all the way across the fells to Rochdale. It possesses one of the very few remaining wooden fulling stocks driven by a water wheel. Read more here
Oldknow Archive Launch
For over a year, local volunteers, of the ‘Revealing Oldknow’s Legacy’ project, have worked on archive material on the onetime entrepren
eur, industry and canal developer, lime manufacturer, and farming pioneer Samuel Oldknow. Using photographs, maps, postcards and finds from archaeology digs, they have created an online archive of over 300 items and growing. Guide yourself along to Explore Oldknow Archive. "Search through the latest items we have uploaded, and please share your thoughts and memories."
Recently as part of ROL, two lectures were given by Rachel Reader of Salford University on the some of the methods used in Desk Based Assessment in Archaeology. During the course of these lectures Rachel handed out a list on Online Sources. Rachel has kindly given permission for the list to be published.
About the Trust
Friends of the Trust Membership Form 2016-2017 here
The Trust was formed in 2000 following the discovery in 1998 of an Iron Age ditch in the garden of The Old Vicarage next to Mellor Church. Excavations continued to 2009 and have been described as the largest excavation for a generation of a hillfort in North West England "with results as important as those at Beeston Castle". There have been finds from Mesolithic, Neolithic, Bronze Age, Iron Age, Romano-British and Medieval times. In 2007, the Trust extended its activities to cover the whole history of the whole Parish of Mellor. Digs, which are continuing annually, at the Bronze Age burial site of Shaw Cairn on Mellor Moor included finding of nearly 100 beads of an amber necklace in 2008/9. Current work is focused on Mellor Mill, the largest and most impressive cotton mill in the world when it was built in 1790-92. It was burnt out in 1892. The area became woodland, which is now being converted into a small country park showing the remains of the mill and other buildings.
Enjoy reading about the archaeology, history and buildings of Mellor and find out about volunteering, events, publications and other activities.
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Where is Mellor?
Now on the edge of Stockport in Greater Manchester, Mellor's location is historically important.
On the south-west and north-west, it is bordered by the two great rivers, Goyt and Etherow, which drain the SW Peak District and join to form the Mersey at the lowest point of Mellor.
On the east, a high ridge overlooks a valley, behind which is Kinder Scout. Three spurs, separated by brooks, project west from the ridge.