Welcome to the web site of Mellor Archaeological Trust
Heritage Lottery Fund Support
For several weeks in February, Arthur Procter's wonderful photo of the Marple aqueduct headed the HLF website. A press release on the Oldknow Legacy project was attached.
Rachel Miller recently made contact, via Facebook, with a lady from Glossop whose Great, great, grandfather was an overseer at Mellor Mill. As a result, Rachel and I went to visit the Great great,...
Job opportunities with Oldknow Legacy Project
Project Officer. Applications are invited by March 10. Full details are here on Canal and River Trust website. Other opportunities will be added shortly.
Revealing Oldknow’s Legacy
Great News! As Bernard Sewart’s generous offer of a lease for the Mellor Mill site at a peppercorn rent gets close to a legal signing, allowing HLF to authorise us to proceed with the project, Arthur Procter’s wonderful picture of the Marple Aqueduct (left) heads the HLF home page - a rare honour. Click on this same picture on the HLF website or text that lies below, this will take you an article on the award.
About the Trust
The Trust was formed in 2000 following the discovery in 1998 of an Iron Age ditch in the garden of The Old Vicarage next to Mellor Church. Excavations continued to 2009 and have been described as the largest excavation for a generation of a hillfort in North West England "with results as important as those at Beeston Castle". There have been finds from Mesolithic, Neolithic, Bronze Age, Iron Age, Romano-British and Medieval times. In 2007, the Trust extended its activities to cover the whole history of the whole Parish of Mellor. Digs, which are continuing annually, at the Bronze Age burial site of Shaw Cairn on Mellor Moor included finding of nearly 100 beads of an amber necklace in 2008/9. Current work is focused on Mellor Mill, the largest and most impressive cotton mill in the world when it was built in 1790-92. It was burnt out in 1892. The area became woodland, which is now being converted into a small country park showing the remains of the mill and other buildings.
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Mellor Mill painting by Joseph Parry to be displayed in Marple Library
£1.5M Award for Revealing Oldknow's Legacy
John Hearle writes: At the September meeting of the NW HLF committee, an award of £1.5 million was agreed for "Revealing Oldknow's Legacy: Mellor Mill and the Peak Forest Canal in Marple." On November 29, a "pre-startup" meeting between HLF, C&RT and MAT to finalise various details of the way the project would be handled. Once formal permission to start is given, the next step will be to appoint staff and sub-contractors. During the first three months of 2014 the three-year project will become fully operational.
Where is Mellor?
Now on the edge of Stockport in Greater Manchester, Mellor's location is historically important.
On the south-west and north-west, it is bordered by the two great rivers, Goyt and Etherow, which drain the SW Peak District and join to form the Mersey at the lowest point of Mellor.
On the east, a high ridge overlooks a valley, behind which is Kinder Scout. Three spurs, separated by brooks, project west from the ridge.