About This Project

Samuel Oldknow was a remarkable man – starting out as a draper’s apprentice, he went on to create an industrial empire that changed the landscape around Marple and Mellor forever.

The Canal & River Trust released a competitive tender for a company to help with revealing this extraordinary landscape and interpreting it for the visitors. Landmark was delighted to be awarded the tender and worked with the Canal & River Trust and other stakeholders to bring the whole project to life.

Tasks involved included researching images of factory workers of the time to create some ‘weathering steel’ sculptures. This steel alloy has molybdenum added to make it corrode quickly and produce an attractive maintenance-free patina which gradually darkens over time. The brass hat on the limekiln worker makes an attractive contrast.

Lecterns carrying ‘HardRok’ panels with a 10-year anti-fade guarantee present the interpretation attractively, with oak fingerpost and waymarker signage forming the wayfinding. The addition of etched zinc rubbing roundels to the waymarker posts adds an engaging feature for young visitors! There are further phases to the project including more lecterns, and we will add photos as this most fascinating of projects gradually unfolds.

Products used on this project

Display sign – Cardiff A/B

A very smart and understated look makes the Cardiff display sign perfect for all situations. The simple tray design wraps round the posts giving...

Fingerpost sign – Newport

The beautifully made Newport fingerpost sign matches perfectly with other products from the County range. It supplies essential wayfinding information in a way that...

Lectern – Cardiff C

The Cardiff lectern is a more minimalist take on the well-known London lectern. It comes with a digitally printed ‘HardRok’ panel giving pin-sharp edge-to-edge...

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