Wednesday, 14 October 2015

National Trust - Quarry Bank Mill, Cheshire

In a week, I leave Manchester to move to Lagos, Nigeria for a while! It's been a real scramble to buy al the things I need whilst making sure I see all my friends before I leave. A catch up with my friend, Laura was way overdue.

Instead of meeting over coffee or lunch, we decided to visit one of the many National Trust sites as Laura has National Trust membership. Plenty of jokes about how Laura is a 20 something year old member. We settled on Quarry Bank Mill as it was within great driving distance. Quarry Bank has been on my radar ever since watching the tv series, The Mill on Channel 4 which was a frank drama about the lives of the people, mostly children who worked in the mills during the industrial revolution. The Channel 4 drama draws on the experiences in a serious and gritty manner and although very somber, is a great watch.

It was great to see how raw cotton has been spun through the years and understand how a waterwheel works to produce water power when we entered the mill.  I have always wanted to see what a mill in the heyday of the industrial revolution looked like and even more so a working mill. Quarry Bank is the best preserved example of this. We had the opportunity to see one machine in action which spun the threads into fabric. It was quite noisy and one can only imagine what it must have been like for all the workers when over 15 machines were working in tandem.

We happened to visit at what we both thought was a great time, it's the start of Autumn and the leaves are starting to change colour. It was so beautiful to walk through the gardens and derelict glasshouses which adjoined the mill. It seemed quite popular with dog walkers and young families for a day out. There is also a small cafe on site where you can have afternoon tea and hot lunch. Although, it was quite annoying that the hot lunch was only available from 12 to 2.30pm. Nevertheless, if you enjoy english heritage and taking long walks, Quarry Bank Mill is great site in Cheshire to visit. 

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  1. This looks like a wonderful place to visit. I'd definitely going to have to visit one day :)

  2. Oooh that sounds so cool! I would love to visit this place, good luck with your move to Lagos! :)

    Heather Xx

  3. I definitely recommend it :) Its so serene. And thank you!

    Lola xx


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