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Quarry Bank Mill - chimney

Quarry Bank Mill - chimney

A visit to Quarry Bank Mill on a warm early May Bank Holiday Monday.

This was the first time in around 25 years that I came back here. Other than the mill itself being closed for renovation works, the rest of the National Trust Quarry Bank site was open.

The mill is quite close to Manchester Airport so you could hear / see planes taking off!

Quarry Bank Mill (also known as Styal Mill) 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. Built in 1784, the mill is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II* listed building, and inspired the 2013 television series The Mill.

Quarry Bank Mill is on the outskirts of Styal in Cheshire, abutting and to the south of Manchester Airport. The mill is on the bank of the River Bollin which provided water to power the waterwheels. It was connected by road to the Bridgewater Canal for transporting raw cotton from the port of Liverpool. The site consisted of three farms or folds.

It's a Grade II* Listed Building.

Quarry Bank Mill

Listing Text


1/303 Quarry Bank Mill
(formerly listed under Styal)


Cotton spinning and weaving mill: dated 1784 for Samuel Greg, expanded
from 1808 - c.1820 to present size with addition of weaving shed of
1834 and mill offices c.1860. Restoration dated 1969. English garden
wall bond red brick. Welsh slate roof, tall octagonal mill chimney.
5-storey, 23-bay east front. Right 3 bays projecting under
stone-coped pediment are original portion. 20-pane windows with stone
sills under cambered brick heads. Central ovolo-moulded stone
doorcase with triangular pediment and repainted quaint inscription
reading "Quarry Bank Mills Built by Samuel Greg Esquire of Belfast
Ireland Anno Domini 1784". Clock in pediment and open bellcote with
lead cupola on ridge. Central 13 bays have similar 20-pane windows
and left ? bays project under a gambrel roof. Further additions to
south end include 8-bay mill offices with hipped roof. West front has
lower range along river side and date of 1810 over wheel out-flow. At
south end is a 4-storey weaving shed with flat stone wedged heads to
lower windows.
Interior: Floors divided by simple iron columns carrying wooden
joists. 2 closed string stone staircases. Mill offices retain their
original fittings.

Massive wheelpit of 1819 formerly contained 32 ft. diameter waterwheel
by Thomas Hewes, replaced by 2 turbines in 1904. A 25 ft diameter
waterwheel similar in design to Hewes's and by his pupil Sir William
Fairbairn, from Glasshouses Mill, Pateley Bridge is soon to be
installed (1983). For full history see M B Rose The Gregs of Styal
National Trust, 1978.

Listing NGR: SJ8344382988

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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Photo taken @ on 7 May 2018 (© ell brown / Flickr)

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