• A full-length Spinning Mule at Quarry Bank Mill, Cheshire ©National Trust Images/Ian Shaw

  • Quarry Bank Mill 18th century cotton mill powered by water from the River Bollin ©National Trust Images/Andrew Butler

  • View of Quarry Bank Mill, Cheshire ©National Trust Images/Andrew Butler

  • The Apprentice House Kitchen at Quarry Bank Mill, Cheshire ©National Trust Images/Ian Shaw


National Trust at Quarry Bank Mill

Built in 1784, the Quarry Bank Mill in Cheshire, England, is one of the best preserved mills of the industrial revolution, an era which changed the face of Britain and the world. The Quarry Bank Mill, which is now a museum of the cotton industry, is considered one of the most important early textile manufacturing communities in England and, because of Britain’s pioneering role that it had in industrialisation, it is considered one of the most important mills in the world.


Fast Fact

Samuel Greg introduced the power of steam to Quarry Bank Mill in 1810. Over the course of the 19th century the Mill increasingly relied on steam as its main source of power, replacing water

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The Objective

The National Trust has owned the Mill since 1939, but for many years key aspects of the property were in private ownership, preventing the Trust from telling the complete story.
Between 2006 and 2012, the Trust was able to acquire the parts of the property that were in private ownership, enabling it to have the complete industrial village under its ownership.


The Impact

Quarry Bank Mill will become a place where the whole range of life in an early Industrial Revolution cotton mill and community can be explored, while remaining as near to its original context and completeness as possible.

Visitors to the site are told stories of the communities and the difficulties they faced, the pauper children who were forced to work, yet missed their families so much that they ran away and the working conditions of the labourers.

Trafalgar has supported three significant National Trust projects. In addition to the Quarry Bank Mill, Trafalgar and TreadRight supported National Trust projects at the White Cliffs of Dover and The Giant’s Causeway.

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