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Sunday September 4th 2016, 11am to 5pm Facts and Funat the Roman Lakes & Mellor MillLakes Road, Marple, SK6 7HB A fundraising event for Mellor Archaeological Trust&Friends of Our Valley Entry by...
Revealing Oldknow’s Legacy
Clay clogs! Did you know that at one time around 550 people worked at Mellor Mill? Help bring the mill back to life by making a pair of clogs for each worker. Get messy and mould a pair of clay...
Date for your Diary
Facts and Fun
at the Roman Lakes & Mellor Mill
Lakes Road, Marple, SK6 7HB
11AM – 5PM
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About the Trust
The Trust was formed in 2000 following the discovery in 1998 of an Iron Age ditch in the garden of The Old Vicarage next to Mellor Church. Excavations continued to 2009 and have been described as the largest excavation for a generation of a hillfort in North West England "with results as important as those at Beeston Castle". There have been finds from Mesolithic, Neolithic, Bronze Age, Iron Age, Romano-British and Medieval times. In 2007, the Trust extended its activities to cover the whole history of the whole Parish of Mellor. Digs, which are continuing annually, at the Bronze Age burial site of Shaw Cairn on Mellor Moor included finding of nearly 100 beads of an amber necklace in 2008/9. Current work is focused on Mellor Mill, the largest and most impressive cotton mill in the world when it was built in 1790-92. It was burnt out in 1892. The area became woodland, which is now being converted into a small country park showing the remains of the mill and other buildings.
Enjoy reading about the archaeology, history and buildings of Mellor and find out about volunteering, events, publications and other activities.
Where is Mellor?
Now on the edge of Stockport in Greater Manchester, Mellor's location is historically important.
On the south-west and north-west, it is bordered by the two great rivers, Goyt and Etherow, which drain the SW Peak District and join to form the Mersey at the lowest point of Mellor.
On the east, a high ridge overlooks a valley, behind which is Kinder Scout. Three spurs, separated by brooks, project west from the ridge.