Welcome to MAS

Hello, and welcome to Middleton Archaeological Society or MAS.

MAS was formed in 2011 following an archaeological investigation of Middleton’s historic parish church – St. Leonards.

Our society is dedicated to researching the archaeological and historical fabric of the town of Middleton.

We have a full and varied events programme which is open to members and non-members alike.  We host monthly talks at our adopted HQ – The Olde Boar’s Head.  These talks cover a multitude of topics and are presented by locally, nationally or even an internationally renowned figures.  We have an active programme of archaeological investigations and in 2020 plan events associated with Hopwood Mill Cottage.


All member activity and public events are postponed until further notice. 


Next Talk

Awaiting confirmation

Middleton Civic Association Future Events

4 Thoughts on “Welcome to MAS

  1. Jennifer Donnellan on 09/01/2021 at 16:11 said:

    I have a query regarding Tonge Hall. I note that your society has carried out digs on the land around it. I see from an ordnance map of 1891 there were 2 wells on the land you were digging in. Did you happen to find them?
    very keen to learn and discuss the history of middleton- please email me.



  2. Alan Welch on 07/09/2020 at 11:20 said:

    I wonder if you can help me?

    In the 1960s my father worked for a company called Doubletex at one of the mills in Middleton, but we don’t know which mill. The company (Canadian) ceased trading a few years ago and they are uncontactable.

    Can you advise at which mill Doubletex was located?

    Many thanks

  3. admin on 18/03/2020 at 21:46 said:

    Hi Kelvin, the land there is quite marshy and the tracks could be peat mining trenches.
    It’s unlikely that a tank could turn on 90 degrees so you would see circular features on a training camp. I think RBC own this land and it’s managed by a farmer.

  4. kelvin walmsley on 13/02/2020 at 23:56 said:

    Dear all . after January’s talk by Geoff I mentioned possible WW1 practice trenches near Hopwood , and an old chap talked to Chris (from our Beavers) about them years ago .
    If you look on Google Maps , switched to satellite , North east of Hopwood Hall , close west to Lords Woods benches , up to the golf course boundary , there are marks in the ground which could be these . Naturally if they are , the golf course may have obliterated some , and as they may have practiced with live munitions a dig could be lively !

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