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The Story of Alderley Edge

Take a look at the Manchester Museum website for information on the History, Folklore and social history of Alderley Edge.

Stories, mines, legends, people, places and lots of interesting reading on the village of Alderley



Quarry Bank Mill & Styal Estate


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Quarry bank Mill & Styal Estate History

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 Preview Day.
For further information visit the RHS website
Note: discount not valid for Preview Day tickets or with any other offers. Last date for purchase of tickets is Tuesday 22nd July.

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