Bob's Mellor Mill Diary

Bob (Robert Humphrey-Taylor) is leading the excavations at Mellor Mill.
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Bob's Mill Diary - 18th March 2013





We have finally identified the passageway between the Saw Pit and the Mechanic's Shop. It is about 8 feet wide.

This is the last trial trench we will need down at the ancillary buildings. Next is Mellor Lodge to complete all the site trenches.

Picture: The trench is across the passageway. In the foreground is the corner of the Mechanic's shop and across the trench is the corner of the saw pit





 Clay Pipes

Clay Pipes

I was chatting to Rachel yesterday about there being a good chance of finding pieces of clay pipe around the ancillary buildings. And, here we are today with two pieces of stem already. It would be good to find a pipe bowl we can date!

Picture: the sections of clay pipes found

Bob's Mill Diary - 6th March 2013

Come and see what we are doing !

Mellor Mill Tour 2010 The Mellor Mill project enjoys about 200 visitors each weekend. The 'digging volunteers' have found the need to be supported by volunteers willing to be 'Tour Guides' around the site. I would love to hear from any of you who may be interested in becoming a Guide. We currently have 4 trained Guides doing a great job. However, so that we are not asking the same people every weekend, it would be great to have about 8 more.

(photo: A.M.Procter, sourced from Marple Virtual tour,with thanks)

 I will be running Training and Update sessions (for established and budding Guides) on Thursday 7th March at 10.30 am and Friday 15th March at 3 pm. Other Training and Update sessions will be arranged as required in the future.

 If you would like to come along and see what it is all about and how you might help then just turn up, in stout footwear and appropriate clothing, to one of the sessions. If the dates are not convenient please let me know so that an alternative can be organised.

 The Guides are split into 4 half day sessions (two Saturday and two Sunday) with the morning session being 10 am - 1 pm and the afternoon 1 pm - 4 pm. Each Guide is provided with a comprehensive folder of information and images.

Mellor Well Dressing

I pleased to be able to tell you that the theme for this year's Mellor Well Dressing will be Mellor Mill. This will be a great opportunity to promote the industrial heritage of our area to a large number of people. The Well Dressing will take place as part of Mellor Fete on Saturday 29th June. If you Google Mellor Well Dressing 2013 you will see that it is listed on many sites throughout Midlands and North West.

Best wishes to all and if you haven't been down to Mellor Mill for a while you will be in for a big surprise - we are moving on at a pace and work has continued throughout the winter. So even if you have decided the weather isn't quite warm enough for you to continue volunteering do come and have a look and catch up with the action.

Bob's Mill Diary - 11th March 2013

Close-up of 1921 pennyA great, if a bit chilly, weekend at the mill.  We have been continuing to uncover a wall of the Mechanic's Shop and in the course of doing that out came a piece of 'slag' with a 1921 penny embedded in it.  The workshops down by the river continued to be used for their original purposes after the disastrous fire at the mill in 1892. As late as the 1920's two hearths remained in the blacksmith's shop, and one of these was a small nail-makers hearth with the anvil and suspended swinging seat. There was also an engineers' workshop, and Oldknow’s papers in the John Rylands Library, Manchester, mention a cutting engine and fluting engine in the Engine Room, and a lathe in the Turning Room, although it is not certain if this refers to Mellor Mill or Stockport Mill.

We are now working very hard to meet our deadlines for a part two submission to HLF by May for the major funding of £1.3M.




Rachel uncovering Mechanics Workshop wall

1921 penny in slag

On Sunday Chris Walters, our  Webmaster, came on site for a long promised update. We made a complete tour of the site. Chris was pleasantly surprised at the work which has gone on in recent months.

  Bob apologizes for having got his finger in the way of the shot! 

Why not come down and see some of the amazing progress which has been made recently and get yourself updated on the amazing story of Mellor Mill and how it transformed the tiny hamlet of Marple into a 'hive of industry' and eventually created the town we know and love today.

1921 penny obverse

1921 penny reverse

Bob's Mill Diary - 24th February 2013

Wellington Tail Race - necessary measure

This is what we have had to do to prevent people entering the,very dangerous,tail race tunnel from the Wellington Wheel Pit. 

The Gated Tail Race from the Wellington Wheel Pit
























Do come down soon and see all the progress we have made exposing the foundations of the ancillary buildings down by the riverside.

Bob's Mill Diary - 22nd-24th February 2013

The Back Wall of the Mill Identified!

22nd February:  A very good day today with the digger and dumper. We have identified the back wall of the mill (see pictures below) and found a wall of the saw pit/woodworking shop.

Original Photo of the Back Wall of the Mill A second, better image of the Back Wall of the Mill

 Two images of the back wall; the first taken on 22 February and the better one on the right taken 23 February.

24th February:  I have erected the red and white tape line on the head race to indicate the outside of the mill rear wall. So the outside depth of the mill is now established as being around 35 feet:

Red & White Tape to indicate the Outside of the Mill Wall