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Samuel Oldknow's warehouse
St Martin's Road, Marple, Stockport, Greater Manchester, UK
Samuel Oldknow's warehouse
associated engineer
Not known
date  circa 1801
era  Georgian  |  category  Building  |  reference  SJ961890
photo  Anna J Dunkerley / ICE R&D Fund
Samuel Oldknow, a local textile manufacturer and industrialist, had this warehouse built between Locks 9 and 10 of the Marple Locks on the Peak Forest Canal. Oldknow was an associate of the Arkwright family, who loaned him money to start many of his enterprises, including the canal itself.
The three storey stone warehouse is seven bays by three bays in plan. It has a pitched slate roof, with a chimney stack at each end. The southern gable end has a central door on the ground floor and a blind window at attic level.
The northern gable end is adjacent to the canal and has a shipping hole and an adjacent entrance for road traffic, both with voussoir rings. On the two upper floors there are loading doors and blind windows. The window openings all feature semi-circular heads with a single stone arch ring and stone sills, and each gable has a cathead hoist for loading.
The warehouse and other buildings on Oldknow’s estate are constructed from ‘freestone’ quarried in the grounds. A purpose-built road connected the estate to the village of New Marple.
The warehouse has been restored and renamed Lockside Mill, and now houses an architectural practice.
Research: PD
"A Guide to the Industrial Archaeology of Greater Manchester"
by Robina McNeil and Michael Nevell
Association for Industrial Archaeology, 2000
"Samuel Oldknow and the Arkwrights, the Industrial Revolution At Stockport and Marple" by George Unwin with chapters by Arthur Hulme and George Taylor
Manchester University Press, London, 1924

Samuel Oldknow's warehouse