The Sunday Run August 6th Quarry Bank Mill, Styal, Cheshire
Quarry Bank Mill (National Trust) in Styal, Cheshire, England, is one of the best preserved textile mills of the Industrial Revolution and is now a museum of the cotton industry. It is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II* listed building, and inspired the 2013 television series The Mill.
The store and café open at 10:00, the gates will be open around 9:40, please park in the overflow car park for a photo shoot.
Mark the store manager has very kindly arranged for the Owners Club to receive an extra 10% discount on all goods purchased in store on Sunday morning, please mention you are with the Owners Club at the check out. (Sorry no extra discount on food or drinks).
There is a café area within the store, as items are cooked to order I would suggest you order only basic items, tea coffee and sandwiches, promptly on arrival in the store
It is ‘to the motors’ at 10:30, for a photo shoot, the run will leave at 10:45.
I will add a route card to the club web site before Saturday evening, there are several junctions where the convoy may get split up, the three critical post codes to be put into your satnavs are
Towsure S6 4JR –
Morrisons Chapel en le Frith SK23 0HZ
Quarry Bank Mill (NT) SK9 4LA
A bit more about the venue –
One of earliest landmarks of the Industrial Revolution, Quarry Bank Mill was a weaving and cotton spinning mill built in 1784 for Irish industrialist Samuel Greg. The mill was gradually expanded to its current size from 1809-1820. The mill was restored in 1969.
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 childen 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
Admission to the Estate along with its gardens is free, Parking is also free
There is an admission charge into The Mill itself, admission is free to National Trust Members.
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As usual members (and prospective members) are welcome to join or leave an any point, please let me know if you intend to do this so we are not waiting for you, and if you are leaving mid route, ensure that the cars behind know you are leaving the convoy, or you may find you have extra guests at your house for tea !!