Bob's Mellor Mill Diary
Bob (Robert Humphrey-Taylor) is leading the excavations at Mellor Mill.
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from Bob's Mill Diary, Sunday 29th September 2013: At the end of July we found ourselves starting to excavate at the northern extremity of the main Mill complex.This is the boiler house and the steam engine house. A building, constructed in 1860, which is detached from the main Mill, housed the Lancashire Boiler and two horizontal steam engines, manufactured by Goodfellows of Hyde. We started to investigate the depression where the building once stood but now was only showing the top few inches of the long engine holding down bolts above the debris and dense undergrowth.
Great news. We finally have been granted planning permission for the landscaping works at Mellor Mill. Contractors are on site starting the works.
From the Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council, Decision notice.
The Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council hereby give notice in pursuance of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 that FULL PLANNING PERMISSION HAS BEEN GRANTED for the carrying out of the development described above. The development must be begun not later than the expiration of THREE YEARS beginning with the date of this permission, as required by section 91 of the Townand Country Planning Act 1990 and amended by Section 51 of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004.
Bob's Mill Diary - Saturday 24th September 2017
Whilst Mellor Archaeological Trust were clearing out the Waterloo Wheel Pit at Mellor Mill we released the water which had been backing up in the tunnels leading from the Corn Mill tail Race and the Wellington Wheel tail Race. This torrent continued for about 30 minutes. Probably the last time you will see this amount of water racing into the Waterloo Wheel Pit. It must have looked something like this in its prime some 150 years ago.
Editors Note: The "Waterloo Wheel" supplied additional power to the main mill via an underground shaft, whilst a second shaft provided power to series of riverside workshops. The exit level from the bottom of this wheelpit was below that of the Goyt at its nearest point and in order to overcome that problem a significant feat of engineering was required. An exit tunnel was driven under the bed of the river and then carried the water 600 yards downstream until the level had fallen sufficiently to allow it to be discharged.
Waterloo Flows Again!!
Finally we have the Boiler and Engine House completed and the remains revealed in all their glory. It was a great point of discussion during a recent visit by the Newcomen Society. Celebrated Engineers were amongst the visitors - posing searching questions to our guides. Everyone had an enjoyable and fruitful visit.
A number of us attended Greater Manchester Archaeology Day 2015 at Salford University on 28th November. It was an excellent day with an interesting variety of presentations. I gave a presentation about the significant milestones during 2015 at Mellor Mill. One of my slides was the wonderful Reconstruction Drawing, courtesy of Malcolm Melia, of the Boiler and Engine Rooms. It is so good I just want to share it with everyone. Malcolm is a volunteer artist to the Mellor Mill project.
See 'All Steamed Up at Mellor Mill'...Bob's Mill Diary - Sunday September 29th 2013, for information on the engines and an early photo of the Engine House excavation. And the Goodfellows of Hydes entry, on the excellent Graces Guide website.
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