Welcome to the web site of Mellor Archaeological Trust
John Glithero brought his model of Mellor Mill down to show the volunteers. It demonstrates how water power and steam engines powered the machinery. Chicken drumsticks served, too. Bob...
STORM Gathers in Mellor! Mellor Archaeological Trust (MAT) is the lead organisation in the UK involved in a Europe wide initiative to reduce the impact of climate change, natural hazards and human...
John Glithero brought his model of Mellor Mill down to show the volunteers. It demonstrates how water power and steam engines powered the machinery. Chicken drumsticks served, too.
Oldknow Archive Launch
For over a year, local volunteers, of the ‘Revealing Oldknow’s Legacy’ project, have worked on archive material on the onetime entrepreneur, industry and canal developer, lime manufacturer, and farming pioneer Samuel Oldknow. Using photographs, maps, postcards and finds from archaeology digs, they have created an online archive of over 300 items and growing. Guide yourself along to Explore Oldknow Archive. "Search through the latest items we have uploaded, and please share your thoughts and memories."
Free Archaeology training with Revealing Oldknow's Legacy
About the Trust
Friends of the Trust Membership Form 2016-2017 here
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.
Enjoy reading about the archaeology, history and buildings of Mellor and find out about volunteering, events, publications and other activities.
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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.