Saving Oldham’s Textile Mills

Oldham Council published in March 2022 its Mills Strategy setting out how the area’s historic textile buildings can play an important part in the future of the borough. The study, one of the first of its kind in the country, was commissioned by Oldham Council and Historic England to explore the potential for the mills’…

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Archaeology in a Pandemic: Researching the Wheatsheaf Pub in Altrincham

Like many community and voluntary groups, my local archaeology society, the South Trafford Archaeological Group (STAG), was able to continue to do some limited fieldwork and post-excavation work despite the COVID-19 pandemic hitting in March 2020, and the subsequent series of lockdowns. Though restricted to landscape and post-excavation studies, and the occasional building survey, during…

A Lockdown Lost Cruck Building Mystery

Three lockdowns over 12 months have provided plenty of time to go through archaeology archives and backlogs. I have spent a lot of time sifting through photographs from the South Trafford Archaeological Group archive as part of my research into the lost cruck-framed building at No. 20 Old Market Place in Altrincham (see elsewhere on…

STAG Browsings: A New Cruck Building from Altrincham

Never judge a building solely by its external experience, and this especially applies to the structures surrounding Altrincham’s Old Market Place. The South Trafford Archaeology Group (STAG), in conjunction with our local Workers’ Education Association archaeology class, undertook a number of archaeology building surveys here in the late 1990s. We only managed to get into…