Quarry Bank Mill
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
The mill was originally driven by an undershot waterwheel, the most powerful in Europe, but it was later converted to electricity. Quarry Bank Mill is an imposing building, standing 5 stories high with a frontage of 23 bays, with walls of red brick under a Welsh slate roof. Quarry Bank is an important reminder of our industrial past, with a surviving owner's house, manager's house, and workers' cottages showing what an early industrial complex was like.
Visitors can experience what it was like to be a mill worker, and tour the Apprentice House to see what life was like for the pauper children who were brought to Quarry Bank to work.
Nearby is the 'Secret Garden', the Greg family's private 8-acre retreat. A short walk from the mill brings you to Styal village, built by the Greg's to house workers at the mill. There are also pleasant woodland walks beside the River Bollin.
Taken as a whole, Quarry Bank is one of the most important industrial sites in Britain.
About Quarry Bank Mill
Address: Styal, Wilmslow, Cheshire, England, SK9 4LA
Attraction Type: Historic Building - Mill
Location: Off the B5166, 2 miles from junction 5 of the M56. Signed from the A34 and M56
Website: Quarry Bank Mill
National Trust - see also: National Trust memberships (official website link)
Photo Credit: Gillian Gillett, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence
NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
Alderley Edge - 3.6 miles (Countryside)
Bramall Hall - 4 miles (Historic House)
Nether Alderley Mill - 4.3 miles (Historic Building)
Adlington Hall - 4.7 miles (Historic House)
Hare Hill Garden - 4.8 miles (Garden)
Tatton Park - 5.7 miles (Historic House)
Prestbury, St Peter's Church - 5.8 miles (Historic Church)
Heaton Norris, Christ Church - 5.9 miles (Historic Church)
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