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England, England, United Kingdom
January 30, 2013
ashbourne, United Kingdom
February 21, 2012
From journal Weekend near Manchester
Nottingham, United Kingdom
May 6, 2011
Todmorden, England, United Kingdom
August 6, 2002
Samuel Greg, who founded the mill in 1784, believed that most of the evils affecting mill workers at the time were caused by the congestion and iflth of towns and therefore built his mill in the country with a village [Styal] for the workers nearby and a house for the young apprentices [young meaning YOUNG] near the mill. While grossly overcrowded by modern standards the adults' houses were ahead of their time in such things as toilet facilities. of course location in the country had certain benefits but mill workers still had to work long hours for very little and it was the owning family that became very rich from their efforts.
The key historical changes were the introduction of a steam engine in 1810 and its replacement by a more advanced machine in 1836. The mill still contains the huge water wheel and a collection of steam engines and these can be seen working. [See the mill's website for details of times etc. www.quarrybankmill.org.uk].
There are also examples of old textile machinery working, including cotton spinning mules. Everything is carefully arranged for the maximum educational effect and much stress is placed on the social conditions of the 18th and 19th centuries.
We did not attempt to go to the Apprentice House on our only visit so far as we had a friend in a wheelchair with us but we shall certainly go again as we have had very positive reports about it. This was possibly one of the better ways of leaving an orphanage and there were many orphaned or abandoned children.
The estate setting is beautiful and it is hard to believe that the airport is so close - except for the noise!
From journal Roman times to 21st Century