Canal & River Trust, Oldknow’s Legacy

About This Project

Samuel Oldknow was a remarkable man – starting life as a draper’s apprentice he created an industrial empire which changed the landscape around Marple and Mellor forever.


Canal & River Trust released a competitive tender for a company to help with revealing this extraordinary landscape and interpreting it for the visitors. Landmark were delighted to be awarded the tender and worked with 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 add 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 places gradually unfolds.