Oldknow on Barging Round Britain!

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.

John Sergeant as Samuel Oldknow courtesy of ITV John Sergeant as Samuel Oldknow courtesy of ITV

A number of newspapers and TV magazines reviewed the show, here is our favourite which talks about Samuel Oldknow too!

We think John Sergeant did Samuel Oldknow proud, interviewing some young volunteers, reading out Oldknow’s rules for his employees (no swearing), and we enjoyed watching him in Dr John Glithero’s vintage car as he made his way to Oldknow’s Lime Kilns.

What did he have to say about Marple Aqueduct? “This is Britain at its absolute best.” Read an interview with John Sergeant about series two of Barging Round Britain and watch the episode here .

If you want to know more about Samuel Oldknow, the archaeology, events or volunteering that are part of our project, then please visit www.oldknows.com, like our Facebook Page and follow us on Twitter


Last date edited: 27 April 2016

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Revealing Oldknow’s Legacy: Mellor Mill and the Peak Forest Canal in Marple

Join us on an exciting journey around Samuel Oldknow's stomping ground, Mellor Mill and the Peak Forest Canal in Marple.

In 2014, Mellor Archaeological Trust and the Canal & River Trust joined forces to reveal Oldknow’s legacy. The three year project was designed to conserve and interpret Oldknow’s legacy through archaeology, learning and volunteering opportunities. 

Although now complete, you can still discover who Samuel Oldknow was and why he's a big deal? Read our blog posts to find out more.


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