Centuries-old graffiti found in Cheshire corn mill

A team renovating an old mill in Cheshire have discovered graffiti that dates back over three centuries.

One name scrawled into the structure of Nether Alderley Mill was a little more recent, dated 1960.

Robert Taylor, a joiner that worked on a previous restoration, left his name, age and address. He also described himself as "tall, dark and handsome".

Granada Reports tracked Robert down from the details he carved into the wooden beam, and took him to see what he had left behind more than fifty years ago.

Robert said: "It's nice to see it again actually, it really is. It's quite emotional. It brings back memories."

When asked whether his message worked, he replied: "Well I've shrunk since then and I've got grey hair now. It took two years before I got married. I've been married 49 years now."

Amanda Lunt is the National Trust's heritage manager for Nether Alderley Mill and the nearby Quarry Bank Mill.

She said: "There's quite a lot of graffiti on the building, and some of it is just that, it's grafitti.

"But we do know some of it was left by the millers and their families, because the initials actually correspond with the families of the millers who were here at that time."

Andrew Wiles is the conservation architect in charge of restoring the mill.

He said: "We've asked whether or not we should commission our own glyph. We've made such an investment in skills, time and effort.

"Maybe we should commission a special piece of graffiti that we could put in a private place."

The mill is closed as work takes place on the roof, timber structure and mill mechanism.

The National Trust hopes Nether Alderley Mill will reopen to the public by the end of the year.