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Desmond Family Canoe Trail
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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.
He was a man who used water to his advantage, diverting the course of the River Goyt to power Mellor Mill, and he was the driving force behind the creation of the Peak Forest Canal.
As you walk around Marple and Mellor there are street names, buildings, structures and areas of land that are all parts of Oldknow’s legacy, the things he’s left behind. Three places where we can really appreciate his astonishing achievements are the remains of Mellor Mill, Marple Lime Kilns and Marple Aqueduct. We’ll focus on these areas, exploring and revealing the sites and telling their stories.
Find out more about Samuel Oldknow
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.