It’s been a busy festive season and we’ve been beavering away getting things in place for next year.
Canal & River Trust’s Open Locks day at Lock 2, Marple, was a big success. Over 700 people attended and we were there too! We started to collect local people’s memories about Marple Aqueduct.
A highlight included one man who regaled us with stories of his younger days when he used to jump across the canal on to the off-side and end up just inches away from the 100 foot drop! Stories gathered throughout the three year project will form part of an oral history project which will allow people using the Aqueduct to understand its part in Marple’s local history.
Our stall also included the Explorers’ Katie Jackson delivering our SAFE message, a public consultation on safety railings to be added to Marple Aqueduct, and a chance to find out about volunteer opportunities on the project. Surprise visitor of the day was Samuel Oldknow who popped down to inspect the work!
Mellor Archaeological Trust were out in force at this year’s Marple Bridge Winter Wonderland, telling people all about our project and the other work they do. It was a bright day after a worrying evening of snow and sleet, and they braved the cold to join shoppers on this festive day.
Mellor Mill archaeological site will be closed until the end of January, as Bob, Rachel and the team get it prepared for the next phase of work. Long-time volunteers will be excited to learn of the impending arrival of welfare facilities! During this time a digger will be on site, clearing the enormous piles of earth which have been dug up by volunteers over the last year and making safe paths for visitors. You can still keep an eye on progress as you wander past on your winter walks, and of course the Roman Lakes Tearoom remains open for much welcomed hot drinks and delicious food.
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.
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