Bob's Mellor Mill Diary

Bob (Robert Humphrey-Taylor) is leading the excavations at Mellor Mill.
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Bob's Mill Diary - Friday 1st May 2015 (A)

Water Power : Then & Now

Thought I would share a few of the images from my last evening's talk on water power at Mellor Mill. 

 Floodgates Weir from the bottom of the railway viaduct.

The shape of the Floodgates Weir (below left) from top of the railway viaduct.                           

The Water Wheel (above) which drove the Corn Threshing Machine at Bottoms Hall Farm. Although outside the Grant approved works for the Revealing Oldknow's Legacy project MAT has been successful in gaining permission to investigate this Water Wheel at some time in the future

Bob's Mill Diary - Monday 27th April 2015

Community Dig 2

Taking into account the revolting weather we experienced during the four days leading up to Good Friday it was amazing that we had a good number of primary school children and adults come along to help with the excavations.  The children revelled in the muddy conditions and thoroughly enjoyed their experience.  In contrast the four days following Easter were glorious wall to wall sunshine with lots of volunteers coming along.  Much was achieved in the area of the drive shaft tunnel leading from the steam engine house into the mill building.

And from Bob's twitter feed..April 25th...'Foundations of a new building discovered today. Every week a bit more is added to the Mellor Mill story. Come dig with us'

Bob's Mill Diary - Wednesday 15th April 2015

Community Dig

We've been working hard, as usual, to progress the site.  The Community Dig last week was a really great step forward and we hope that many of those who attended will come back to volunteer at weekends.  The "Big Digger" has made a huge difference to progress and we now feel we are on track to hit our aim of completing the mill site within one year. Come on down and see us to have a chat any Saturday or Sunday between 10am and 4pm ww would love to see you and give you the latest update.
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Bob's Mill Diary - Saturday 7th March 2015

The Big Digger-Bobs Big One

It is now OFFICIAL  "Bob has got a BIG ONE" 

After months of searching a suitable 13 ton JCB excavator was recently found in the Greater Manchester area.  It has been hard with diggers getting sold from under my feet before I even had a chance to look at them.  Anyway we now have one which arrived on 5th March.  An interesting delivery as by the time the low loader transport arrived at Goyt Bridge it was already dark so tracking along to the mill to park it up was difficult trying to avoid overhanging branches and squeezing in through the 5 bar gate onto the site.  It was all completed by 8pm and we went home to ready ourselves for Friday's excitement - our cabins were going to arrive.  Rachel and I were down on site to finally prepare the ground for the arrival of our welfare cabin and a storage container for the hand tools.  About 11am we were ready to lift the welfare cabin, off the back of a trailer, using the digger as a crane.  It slotted beautifully into place.  It was then off back across the river with the digger and trailer to pick up the second cabin/container.  This is on loan, at no charge, for the duration of the project to act as storage for our hand tools Thanks must got to Kevin Swindells for his support in lending this container to us. Today (Saturday 7th March) we have been busy moving our hand tools from their temporary coal cellar location into their new home. Once that was completed it was back to the dig and the never ending clearing of spoil heaps - I think they grow on their own!

Bob's Mill Diary - Saturday 18th October 2014

Rachel On The Blower!

It takes many skills to be an Archaeologist! Autumn is upon us and the leaves are falling.  After the problems last Spring of cleaning up the dig areas we have decided to give them a thorough blasting with the leaf blower and cover up with sheeting. Hopefully we will be able to reveal good clean areas next Spring.  We are always on the look out for volunteers to carry out light gardening type work.  Fancy offering your services then contact me at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.