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27 April 2016
It all started on Father’s Day, 2015. We here at the Oldknow project and our gang of enthusiastic volunteers waited to welcome John Sergeant and his television crew to Marple and Mellor and show him our fabulous locations. Fuelled almost entirely by cake and ice-cream and the thought of Samuel Oldknow getting a mention on ITV we soldiered through the inevitable standing around and re-takes and on Friday 22nd April at 8pm ‘our’ episode was shown.
Posted by: Revealing Oldknow’s Legacy: Mellor Mill and the Peak Forest Canal in Marple
19 May 2015
A look forward at all of the events we have coming up for Summer 2015 and beyond; festivals, discovery days and community digs galore!
If you want to book a place for any of the events below, or need more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call/text 07825 044379.
27 January 2015
January's work sees Bob Humphrey-Taylor, the Mill Site Director, and Rachel Miller, the Project Archaeologist, busy clearing the spoil heaps. That’s the piles of earth that were dug out mostly by hand, to uncover and expose the mill foundations.
23 December 2014
It’s been a busy festive season and we’ve been beavering away getting things in place for next year.
16 December 2014
You may have noticed that work has started on and around Marple Aqueduct! Over the next few months we will make careful progress as we conserve this Grade 1 listed, Scheduled Monument. The overall aim is to reveal this incredible feat of engineering and help local people feel proud of this historic gem.
27 November 2014
This is the start of an exciting journey. With the funding secured we can now start work on Revealing Oldknow’s Legacy. There are three main sites and there will be new interpretation to bring them all together.
Samuel Oldknow (1756 – 1828) transformed rural Marple and Mellor into a hub of industry. By the time he was 30, he had made a fortune producing muslin. With a loan from Richard Arkwright he built mills in Stockport and Mellor; Mellor Mill, next to the River Goyt, was the largest cotton spinning mill in the world at the time.
Join us on an exciting journey around Samuel Oldknow's stomping ground, Mellor Mill and the Peak Forest Canal in Marple…
Mellor Archaeological Trust and the Canal & River Trust have joined forces to secure £2.3 million of investment, including a grant of £1.5m from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Over the next three years, the Revealing Oldknow’s Legacy team will reveal, conserve and interpret Oldknow’s legacy, through archaeology, learning and volunteering opportunities. We're going to put Marple on the map as a visitor destination.
So who is Samuel Oldknow and what’s the big deal? Read our blog posts to find out more.