Bank Mill & Styal Estate
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Quarry Bank Mill
Quarry bank Mill & Styal
Founded in 1784 by
Samuel Greg during the first phase of Britain’s
Industrial Revolution, Quarry
Bank Mill is one of the finest surviving
cotton mills of the period. By 1820 the Mill
had tripled in size and was the centre of a
factory colony that nineteenth century commentators
highlighted as a model of paternalistic care.
Today the mill village and the surrounding
land, which make up the Estate of Styal is
one of the few remaining factory colonies to
have survived into the twentieth century. Much
of the estate stretches along the banks of
the River Bollin which cuts
through the red sandstone to form a valley.
Built originally to spin and later weave cotton,
the addition of a weir and races to the river
provided the water power system to operate
the Mill situated on its banks and today it
is the only working water and steam powered
cotton mill in the country.
The Apprentice House, built
to house the pauper children who worked in
the Mill, has been restored to what it would
have been like when it was home to up to a
hundred children in the 1830s.
The Secret Garden, opening
to visitors for the first time in 2008, was
the Greg family’s picturesque valley
adjoining the Mill.
The Mill, Apprentice House
and Estate together represent a unique opportunity
to not only understand the development of the
cotton industry and the factory system, but
also the ‘Industrial Revolution’ and
how the past is related to our lives today.
RHS Flower Show 2008
A day at the RHS
Flower Show at Tatton Park is a ‘must’ in
all gardening calendars where you
can let the whole family discover
the pleasure of plants and gardens.
Tickets: RHS members PublicWed
23rd £24 NA
Thur 24th - Sun 27th £18 £19
Tickets on the Day £23 £23
OPEN: Thu 23th – Sun 26th
July 2009, 10am – 6.30pm
(closes 5pm on Sunday)
Wed 22rd, RHS and NT members’ only
For further information visit the
Note: discount not valid for Preview
Day tickets or with any other offers.
Last date for purchase of tickets
is Tuesday 22nd July.