Manchester Histories Festival: March 29, 2014

Celebration Day,

Manchester Town Hall, March 29, 2014.

   Inspiring and wonderful photographs.

This was just one of the comments on the Oldknow Legacy Project. The highlights of our display were the five large pictures, the two Parry paintings and three of Arthur Procter’s magnificent photos of how the sites (or sights!) look today, plus portraits of 30- and 60-year old Samuel Oldknow.

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Mellor Mill Heritage Day, Sunday, 8th September

Early in the morning ‘staff’ made their way down t’mill, volunteers preparing for their duties. Cars clattered down the imperfect Lake Road, carrying the gazebo, the display boards, the books and the rest. Two hundred years before in the pre-dawn gloom, on Wednesday September 8th 1813 there would have been the clattering of clogs as 500 women and children, and but few men, huddled figures, descended the hill on their way t’mill, then in its prime, past the boss’ house, to the toil of a working day. Mellor Mill Heritage Day was to celebrate these workers, their boss, Samuel Oldknow, and his Mill.

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Handover Event, Sunday, 30th September 2012

So, the big Handover Day has come and gone and finally the corner of Ann & John Hearle's garden has transferred ownership to the people of Stockport represented by SMBC. That part contains the exposed part of the Iron-Age ditch with the bridge over from the Roman Garden to the far side with Interpretation Boards.

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