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.
The towpath is closed currently for your safety, we will let you know as soon as we can when we expect it to re-open. Stonework is being repaired and repointed with some of the trickier bits reached by abseiling! Daredevil pointing will start in January and we’d love to see any pictures you (safely) take. Please email them to Pamela.Pearson@canalrivertrust.org.uk and we’ll share the best on this blog.
Some trees have already been removed, allowing for much better views, and ironwork will be painted or replaced. Graffiti and plant growth that is damaging the structure are also being removed. Path improvements have started and new viewing platforms will be created to allow visitors to appreciate the restored structure and its setting. Mark Whittaker from the Marple Website posted this article about the Aqueduct in 2000 http://www.marple-uk.com/Marple.htm
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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