Marple Local History Society

Marple, Marple Bridge, Mellor, Compstall, Strines, Hawk Green, Rose Hill, High Lane.

Samuel Oldknow - A new perspective

We know Samuel Oldknow as one of the key figures in the early part of the Industrial Revolution - an innovator and an organiser who dominated the market for muslin before he was thirty. However, he was much more than that. A true product of the Enlightenment, there were many sides to his life and career. As a businessman, as a builder, as an agriculturist and above all, as a community leader, he changed the face of Marple and Mellor for ever. This definitive study of Oldknow's life examines every aspect of this complex man and his legacy which is still with us today.
A selection of the Society’s publications may be found at Marple Bookshop and Marple Bridge Post Office, or alternately any of the Society's publications may be ordered by email using the Contacts Form.

Author: Hilary Atkinson275 ldknw bk cvr

Published: Marple Local History Society, December 2015.

A5, paperback book, 68 pages

Price: £5.00

Click below to order a copy of this book:


  • Chapter 1 -Early days
  • Chapter 2 - The entrepreneur
  • Chapter 3 - The Manufacturer
  • Chapter 4 - The Employer
  • Chapter 5 - The enlightened industrialist
  • Chapter 6 - The enterprising businessman
  • Chapter 7 - The agriculturist
  • Chapter 8 - The family man
  • Chapter 9 - The community leader
  • Chapter 10 - Friends and associates
  • Chapter 11 - The private man
  • Postscript