Programme - 2017



Wed 18 Jan

Andy Myers : Mesolithic North-West: Recent Discoveries

Wed 15 Feb

Jim Brightman : Boskin, Skelbuse and Foddergang: Traditional Farm Buildings in the Yorkshire Dales

Wed 15 March

Bryan Sitch : Faxfleet excavations

Sat 24 June

The Greater Manchester Archaeology Festival : See the website main page for details of what happening at Castleshaw.
More information here too.


Unless indicated all meetings are at
 Civic Hall, Lee Street, Uppermill, OL3 6AE

   7:30 pm                      Directions/Map ... Here.                  T.B.C. = To Be Confirmed
Use the side entrance to the Civic Hall (Near the rear car park)
and it's the room facing you through the door.

Next committee meeting
 Wed 17th May. 2017  7:15pm, Location  :  The X Keys.

Digital version of 'Saddleworth Seven One Two'

We are very pleased to have been given permission to publish a digital version of the booklet 'Saddleworth Seven One Two'.
This booklet contains the work of Donald Haigh and the '712 Group' during the 1970s and early 1980s in tracing the route of Roman Road 'Margary 712' From Manchester, out of Oldham and towards the forts at Castleshaw.
For futher details see here, the booklet is available from the Documents page.

Bloomery (Iron Furnace) Test pitting and survey - 1st - 3rd October   (Grid Ref SD 999 103)


At the north east corner of the Castleshaw upper reservoir (map) There was a test pitting exercise with a laser scan survey, earthwork survey and geophysical survey (the latter at a later day).

The aim was to record and understand a series of depressions and mounds that are adjacent to the medieval iron smelting furnaces (Bloomery) excavated in 1993. (See the reports)


   Summary and Photos ...        More Photos ...







The next scheduled meeting of the Friends is:

  Tues  11th Sept,  7:30 pm  at Saddleworth Museum, Uppermill. (map)




The Friends of Castleshaw Roman Forts , 2017