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Stockport Times East - - FRONT PAGE - ABIGAIL O’LEARY abigail.oleary@men­media.co.uk @news­deskMEN

DARE­DEVIL ab­seil­ers have be­gun a project to re­store Eng­land’s tallest aqueduct to its for­mer glor y.

Work has started 100ft above the ground to re­move over­grown trees and veg­e­ta­tion which have been ob­scur­ing views of the mag­nif­i­cent 19th Cen­tury struc­ture in Marple.

The project is part of a £2.3m scheme which will also in­clude restora­tion work on Mel­lor Mill and Marple Lime Kilns.

Ru­ins at Mel­lor Mill will be ex­ca­vated and opened to the public, and Marple Lime Kilns’ ar­chae­o­log­i­cal re­mains will be land­scaped.

Lucy Rogers, en­ter­prise manager with the Canal & River Trust, said: “This his­toric gem is hid­den be­hind over­grown trees and bushes.

“Work has now started to re­move this veg­e­ta­tion and re­veal the his­toric splen­dour of this an­cient struc­ture.

“This is the be­gin­ning of an ex­cit­ing jour­ney to re­veal th­ese three his­toric sites and open them up to the public.”

Built in 1800, the huge aqueduct car­ries the Peak For­est Canal 100ft over the River Goyt, and once of­fered stunning views across the val­ley.

But in re­cent years, over­grow­ing trees and veg­e­ta­tion have ob­scured the views from the iconic aqueduct.

Project of­fi­cer Fiona Turpin said: “Mel­lor Mill, Marple Aqueduct and Lime Kilns are all great his­tor­i­cal trea­sures and this project aims to pre­serve them for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions and raise the area’s pro­file as a place to visit and ex­plore the won­der­ful her­itage on our doorstep.”

The project has been named ‘Re­veal­ing Old­know’s Le­gacy’ in hon­our of Sa­muel Old­know, the busi­ness­man who brought pros­per­ity to Marple and Mel­lor in the 18th Cen­tury by buy­ing land and build­ing the mills.

Money has been pro­vided for the three Marple schemes by the Her­itage Lot­tery Fund.

Sara Hil­ton, from the fund, said: “Our industrial her­itage is some­thing we can all take pride in.

“It makes us who we are to­day.

“The Her­itage Lot­tery Fund is de­lighted to sup­port this project to bring the Goyt Val­ley’s industrial her­itage back to life and raise aware­ness of Old­know’s con­tri­bu­tion to the Industrial Revo­lu­tion.”

To see video of the ab­seil­ers in ac­tion go to our web­site.

Gary Louth

Ab­seil­ers in ac­tion work­ing to re­store the Marple aqueduct

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