Bob's Mellor Mill Diary
Bob (Robert Humphrey-Taylor) is leading the excavations at Mellor Mill.
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We are back after three weeks break over Christmas and the New Year.The morning started off very wet and cold but as the day progressed the rain stopped and even the sun put in a brief appearance.We can now boast having an "International Staff" at the Mellor Mill dig. We have been joined by Lara Ramperez (on the right in the photograph). Lara is a qualified Archaeologist from Spain.Currently living in Manchester and keen to be involved in our project. Today Lara and Rachel can be seen working on excavating the foundations of the second Lancashire Boiler.
A New Year message from Samuel Oldknow!
We have just finished our last weekend, working on the mill, of 2013. We will be back down there digging on the 11th January 2014 and then back to the usual routing of every weekend between the hours of 10.00 and 16.00.
This weekend we have uncovered yet another mystery. In the semi- basement of the northern 3 storey wing we uncovered sections of the flagged floor. However, where some of the flags were missing there as some brickwork below! Why would it be there running underneath the flagged floor?
Watch the video below to see the area we have been working on and see if you can come up with a plausible answer.
A very Happy Christmas to all and best wishes for 2014 when I am sure it will be a great year for Industrial Archaeology in Mellor.
It's great that the weather is still holding up though I think there is a threat of snow later in the week. The diggers, both human and machine, have been busy over the weekend. The human diggers (Neil, Rachel and Eric) have succeeded in completing an excavated run from one end to the other of the high level boiler foundations. (See picture right.) The other interesting find is a carefully shaped piece of stone which, we imagine, was used as a support for some boiler house pipe work.(See picture left.)The machine digger has also been busy moving the,never ending, spoil heaps away from the hand diggers areas of activity.
This weekend we will have a digger down at the mill - there are many hundreds of tons of spoil to move so that the archaeologists can continue their work.
We have to operate a 'leapfrogging" system.
The diggers (volunteers) move their spoil to a location that can be reached by the digger. We then have to move it from the dumping area to as far as the digger will reach (about 6 metres). It then needs moving on to a position where a truck with a grab can take it away.