Latest News from Mellor Archaeological Trust
An introduction to the latest news section can be put here. Articles in this section will appear most recent first.
Norman Redhead friend of the Trust for many years and ex-Trust Trustree is to retire in late February. Norman has spent 28 years providing archaeological planning advice for the ten Local Planning Authorities of Greater Manchester. During this he also managed the Historic Environment Record, including delivery of a major Historic Landscape Characterisation project, and promoted community engagement and research. Spent 4 years as County Archaeologist and Director of Greater Manchester Archaeological Unit (GMAU) prior to becoming Director of the Greater Manchester Archaeological Advisory Service at the University of Salford in 2012.. This a recent email from Norman
Stockport’s Weir (Wear) Mill, has been acquired by, Capital and Centric, who have a £60m plan for a residential conversion bring 250 flats to the town in its first Greater Manchester project.
The Mill is a Grade II listed former cotton mill located in the heart of Stockport Town Centre at the intersection of the River Mersey and the railway viaduct (listed Grade II*). It was started around 1790 and added to, particularly in 1831 and 1884. In 1840, the Stockport Viaduct was built over the river and over Wear Mill.
More information on the 'North West Place' website
And on Historic England’s website here
The Cotton Famine Road on Rooley Moor
You may have watched a programme on 29th June 2020 on BBC4, called ‘Black and British: a Forgotten History’, presented by the historian David Olusoga, which focussed on the supportive relationship between the mill workers of Rochdale and enslaved Africans in the American South, and featured ‘Cotton Famine Road’. This was a road improvement project, running for a mile and a half across Rooley Moor, on the outskirts of Rochdale, from Catley Lane Head Village to Ding Quarry, devised by the Poor Law Guardians to provide paid work for unemployed and impoverished cotton workers during the ‘Cotton Famine’ of 1861-65.
Considerable time has been spent cleaning and weeding the Old Vicarage Iron Age site. Its looks have been improved over the last few weeks no end, and the newly cleaned up site is well worth a visit.
Bob Humphrey-Taylor, Chair of Mellor Archaeological Trust, is looking for someone to lead a small team to keep it in its good condition. If anyone is interested or know someone who may be able to help, please let Bob know. It should only take a couple of hours a month during the season, to keep on top of it.
Read the report on the Handover Event for the Ditch in September 2012 here
The Wharf Marple - May 2020 Update
Thank you all for your continued support on this exciting Community Project
Dear Investors and Friends of The Wharf Marple,
We hope that you are all safe and well and managing to cope in these strange times.
At The Wharf we are continuing to work towards achieving our funding target and we are pleased to say that despite the difficulties that we are all facing the community is still stepping up to support this wonderful project. A big thank you to all our Investors and supporters!
Despite having to postpone all our fundraising events due to Coronavirus, investment continues to roll in and we are now just £25,000 off having the enough to buy the building. Which is great news! We are planning some virtual events such as Quiz Night and another Coffee and cake morning following Anne’s highly successful event raising £375. More details to follow when we’ve worked out the tech!