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