Bob's Mellor Mill Diary

Bob (Robert Humphrey-Taylor) is leading the excavations at Mellor Mill.
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Bob's Mill Diary - July 20, 2011, to volunteers

We are starting our next archaeological project in Mellor.  Some work has already begun on the Wellington Wheel Pit at Mellor Mill.   We have cleared the pit of over 100 years of debris and masonry and started to make a safe access down into the bottom of the pit.  We are now looking for interested volunteers to help with a wide variety of tasks to make the Wheel Pit presentable and viewable by the general public.  The timescale is fairly short as we hope to have the pit open by the autumn complete with story boards and safety fencing [an optimistic hope!].   There is quite lot to do.   We will be sifting the 120 tons of debris and masonry that came out of the pit for artefacts, making pathways, cleaning stonework and making the site safe and a welcoming visit for the general public.   Towards this end we are having an initial meeting of those interested in becoming a volunteer this Sunday (24th July) at Mellor Mill (junction of Lakes Road and Bottoms Mill Road - next to the North Lake at the Roman Lakes) at 2pm.  If you are interested, or you have a friend who is, just come along to the meeting (maximum 1 hour) to hear what the project is all about and see where you might fit in.   If you have any queries or can't make Sunday please email Bob Humphrey-Taylor This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone on 07710964046 to get further information.

Bob's Mill Diary - July 10, 2011

Just a quick note to keep you updated on progress.

I have managed to get enough steel staircase and handrail fittings (second hand) to make up into the access down from the wheel bearing platform into the bottom of the pit.  The parts are currently being cleaned of rust/debris and painted with black hammerite paint.  Once cleaned and painted I will get the parts down to the pit ready for on-site assembly.  I am quite sure that there will need to be some re-modeling as a straight set of stairs wouldn't work.   The cost will be well within our £1000 budget.

Bob's Mill Diary - June 17, 2011

TTyres dumped at Mellor Millhis is the scene that greeted me today at the wheel pit.  What had been maybe 100 tyres has now grown to about 300.  I have hoisted about 20 out so far.   They will need to be removed before the proper clearance of the pit can start on Monday.  My thought is to make them into a barrier by stacking them and then chaining them together at the point where the dumpers are gaining access to the site.  What do you think?  In the meantime Bernard will report it to SMBC Environmental Health and so will I as Mellor Society.  

Some further progress today on clearing the floor of the tunnel.

Bob's Mill Diary - June 13, 2011

I put in a four hour session with the digger at the wheel pit today.   I have managed to clear a lot of the debris from the slope leading to the tunnel entrance and evened out a safe pathway from near the road (good enough for wheelbarrows etc) to the entrance to the tunnel.   It may be worth considering some hardcore/ gravel to help prevent the entrance slope becoming muddy in times of rain.   There is a bit of bad news and that is that there has been another dumping of used tyres but this time they are all in the bottom of the pit so they will have to be cleared as well as the existing rubbish/ spoil.

I hope to be able to do a similar stint there tomorrow.