"Styal (Near Wilmslow)" Wilmslow by bugalugs

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Quarry Bank Mill and Country Park

Styal is a village adjacent to Wilmslow in Cheshire. Situated a few miles south of Manchester and a couple of miles from Manchester Airport. Quarry Bank Mill was built by Samuel Greg in 1784. The Mill and the parkland is set in almost 400 acres.

Samuel Greg came from a merchant family in Belfast. He came over to Manchester in England and was adopted by his uncle.

The Greg family, including five generations stayed in the textile industry for almost 200 years.

Quarry Bank Mill was given by the family to the National Trust in 1939 and in 1959 production finished.

However today this mill is a wonderful place to visit, with many hands on experiences that children will love.

It also gives a great insight into our industrial heritage.

Many parties of school children visit here during the week. My son did when he was learning about this in his junior school. His music teacher then wrote a play/musical based on the apprentice children who worked in the mill which was a great success.

The North West of England has at one time a huge textile industry sadly, those times have more or less now gone.

However, this mill does produce 'Styal Calico' and you can buy various things in the gift shop.

The Parkland

Enjoy the lovely countryside around the mill and the village

Oak Cottages

The quaint village with the rows of terraced cottages clustered together where the workers of the mill lived.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:A wonderful place to visit
  • Cons:2.50 to park your car!!!!!!
  • Last visit to Wilmslow: Mar 2003
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • ranger49's Profile Photo
    Oct 20, 2008 at 2:23 PM

    I spent much of my childhood in Wilmslow during the war -there was still a smithy on the main road & Romany's caravan was parked opposite my G.Parents house in Parkway. Yr pages bring back so many memories . Thanks!

  • evaanna's Profile Photo
    Jul 26, 2005 at 11:41 AM

    I was wondering what breed that tethered dog might be :-))) Another very interesting page of yours, Dianne. Are you sure foreigners can be members of National Trust?

  • catkin's Profile Photo
    Jan 22, 2004 at 2:11 PM

    Styal Mill is a great day out-you really get a feel for how it used to be. Great page.

  • BerniShand's Profile Photo
    Jan 22, 2004 at 1:28 PM

    I love places like this, perhaps we`ll have time for a weekend `up North` soon

  • ettenaj's Profile Photo
    Nov 9, 2003 at 2:57 PM

    I live so close to this and didnt even know of its exsistence, I will make sure I visit next year in the summer, thanks for all the info

  • paulapes's Profile Photo
    Jun 22, 2003 at 4:19 AM

    Love these pages, and the pics of you with Teddy! Looks so interesting...

  • miner's Profile Photo
    May 20, 2003 at 5:33 PM

    Beautiful ,historic village looks like the kind of place I could relly enjoy. Fantastic tour,Di !!

  • JudyinPA's Profile Photo
    Apr 26, 2003 at 9:51 AM

    Now, this is the kind of place I like to visit. Anything dealing with history about 150 years ago or more. Always happy to see a new location for VT on this sight. Thanks, Dianne!.

  • tessy's Profile Photo
    Apr 24, 2003 at 1:20 PM

    It's a real pleasure to read that amazing page and to see the beautiful shots you took

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Apr 24, 2003 at 1:11 PM

    So much to see there, I would visit with pleasure!


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