Get to work in The Mill

Wilmslow, Cheshire

Quarry Bank Mill and Styal Estate was a filming location for the TV programme The Mill.

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Built in 1784 and driven by Europe's most powerful working waterwheel, the mill overflows with the atmosphere of the Industrial Revolution. You can take a guided tour of the Apprentice House where the pauper children who worked in the mill lived. You can get a sense of their working and home lives.

You can also see how the workers lived, with examples of their clothes, children's toys and a reconstruction of some of the rooms of the cottages. Watch the live demonstrations of machinery, hand spinning and weaving to gain a real insight into an era gone by.

Then it’s time to stroll in the garden and onwards to Styal village. Built by the Greg family to house the mill workers, it’s still a thriving community. Another walk option is through ancient woods along the River Bollin.

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