Early in the morning ‘staff’ made their way down t’mill, volunteers preparing for their duties. Cars clattered down the imperfect Lake Road, carrying the gazebo, the display boards, the books and the rest. Two hundred years before in the pre-dawn gloom, on Wednesday September 8th 1813 there would have been the clattering of clogs as 500 women and children, and but few men, huddled figures, descended the hill on their way t’mill, then in its prime, past the boss’ house, to the toil of a working day. Mellor Mill Heritage Day was to celebrate these workers, their boss, Samuel Oldknow, and his Mill.
The summer of 2013, having been faithful to title for three weeks, began to become grumpy over the week-end. Undeterred by the promise and the eventual arrival of rain, a hors d'oeuvre at midday, with the main course three hours later, people arrived to enjoy the 17th annual Chadkirk Festival.
The Biannual Locks Festival was held on the Canal and Marple Memorial Park on Sunday June 30th by the Marple Locks Heritage Society. The Society was born out of the need to celebrate and co-ordinate the Marple Locks bi-centenary in 2003.
So, the big Handover Day has come and gone and finally the corner of Ann & John Hearle's garden has transferred ownership to the people of Stockport represented by SMBC. That part contains the exposed part of the Iron-Age ditch with the bridge over from the Roman Garden to the far side with Interpretation Boards.