Archaeological Excavation Of the Leat at Marland Mill Farm, Rochdale

Archaeological Excavation Of the Leat at Marland Mill Farm, Rochdale 2014, Rochadale, Greater Manchester.

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This report presents the results of an archaeological evaluation at Marland Mill, Rochdale, in January 2014. Marland Mill lies in a small valley adjacent to the Sudden Brook, at a height of c. 111m AOD. A desk-based assessment and building survey in 2013 identified the site as having origins as a medieval corn mill, which was re-used for the textile industry in the mid- 19th century. The line of a leat used as a tail race for the mill was identified during this initial work. This feature will be affected by development to the north of the mill building. The evidence from the three evaluation trenches shows that the leat was a stone-lined and covered culverted, and is still preserved and functioning within the study area. The evidence from T1 showed a stone covered water source that, when damaged, flooded the entire western end of the trench. T2 and T3 also highlighted the continuation of this structure throughout the southern field. It seems likely that the present form of the leat dates from the 19th century when the corn mill was converted to textile uses and the leat covered over. Until the mid-19th century this has been an open feature.

Item Type: Applied Archaeology collection
Project name: Archaeological Excavation Of the Leat at Marland Mill Farm, Rochdale
Type of work: Excavation
Date work completed: 2014
Location of work: Rochadale, Greater Manchester
Period: Post-Medieval
Depositing User: Kirsty Whittall
Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2017 10:58
Last Modified: 09 Oct 2017 10:58
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/43953

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