Bob's Mellor Mill Diary

Bob (Robert Humphrey-Taylor) is leading the excavations at Mellor Mill.
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Bob's Mill Diary - 1st December 2012

I am pretty confident the I have accurately located the gasometer, retort house and the mechanics workshops.  This afternoon will be spent working out how I am to get a machine down that side in safety.  I'll take some photos this afternoon.

Bob's Mill Diary - November 28, 2012, to Norman Redhead

As agreed I attach a copy of my proposed test trenches for the Main Mill and The Ancillary buildings by the river.  There will be more to follow for the Mellor Lodge and what is possibly a small gatehouse by the track to the north of the mill.  I would welcome any comments you or Adam may have.

PROPOSED TEST TRENCHES AREAS ‘A’ & ‘B’

PROPOSED TEST TRENCHES AREAS ‘A’ & ‘B’

  1. Mill front wall adjacent to room 12
  2. NE corner of Waterloo Wheel House
  3. Southern edge of Gasometer
  4. SE corner of Retort House
  5. NE corner of Warehouse
  6. SE corner of Mechanics Shop
  7. NE corner of Workshop
  8. NE corner of Warehouse
  9. SE corner of Engine House
  10. NW corner of Cotton Rooms
  11. E of Mill rear main wall
  12. E of Mill rear main wall

Bob's Mill Diary - November 27, 2012

Some photos of the fire pit which is being revealed at the end of the coal cellar.  John G and John R any further thoughts on this? The brickwork seems to be fire brick.  Also now that I can stand in the fire area it is easy to note the remains of an arched ceiling/roof to the viewing platform. Something new every day!

Fire Pit

The fire pit.

Fire Pit
Fire Pit

The fire pit.

Fire Pit
Fire Pit

The fire pit.

Fire Pit
Fire Pit

The fire pit.

Fire Pit

From John Hearle: It's a good thing that we did not extend the viewing platform further.

That's true but once everything is uncovered we may want to move the fence line to give a view of the fire area and into the coal cellar.

Bob's Mill Diary - November 27, 2012

Yes this afternoon was definitely a "hard hat" one.  A few trees down and lots of large branches. However, Paul and I have had a good day, with the digger and the dumper, clearing spoil heaps and taking the surface debris away from the mill front wall adjacent to the coal cellar.  All my measurements to the ancillary buildings use the mill front wall as the datum.

Moving spoil heaps.Moving spoil heaps.

Bob's Mill Diary - November 22, 2012

This is the view from the other end to Judith's photo!! I think we have now narrowed the build date for the coal cellar down to between 1867 (Detailed plans Auction 1867) for the and 1872 ( OS map from Norman Redhead) and what we are looking at is the "ash pit" from an early heating boiler. John Glithero is working on what type it may have been.

Way into coal cellar.Way into coal cellar.