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Do you know this man? An update

May 17, 2012
Robert Taylor visiting the Mill in May 2012 after he left his graffiti in 1960. © National Trust

Robert Taylor, our would-be suitor and creator of the ‘Tall, Dark and Hansome’ graffito at the mill, has been found…

On Tuesday morning we were paid a visit by some local press, including Granada Reports (ITV), who brought with them Mr. Robert Taylor.  Yes, that’s the Mr. Robert Taylor who had left his mark on Nether Alderley Mill in 1960, aged just 17 – the good people at Granada, with the aid of an article in the Wilmslow Express, had tracked him down!

Here’s what Mr. Taylor told Granada:

It’s nice to see it again actually, it really is. It’s quite emotional. It brings back memories. […] I’ve shrunk since then and I’ve got grey hair now…

He didn’t need the graffiti for long though – he got married only two years later and has been happily married for the last 49 years!

Granada also interviewed Amanda, our Heritage Manager, about the Trust’s plans for the mill, and Andrew Wiles, the director of Wiles Maguire (the architects working on the mill).

The video can be seen in full at the Granada Reports website, here.

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