|Quarry Bank Mill, Sept 2011|
|Approaching the park from Handforth, 2006||Clock and Cupola, 2006|
|Apprentice House Garden||Mill chimney, 2006|
|Apprentice House||The Wash house|
Quarry Bank Mill is in Styal Country Park, a National Trust property. The mill shows all the processes involved in cotton manufacture and machinery is often run for the benefit of the visitors. It has a water wheel powered by the Bollin and a steam engine. Nearby is the Apprentice House which shows what life was like for orphan apprentices in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The mill was started in 1784 by Samuel Greg of Belfast but enlarged later. Quarry Bank House lies to the north of the mill and was used by the owner while at the south is a house for the manager. In 2007, an area of the gardens was redeveloped. There are also walks in the Country Park along the Bollin. Quarry Bank is open all year round and well worth a visit.