@quarrybankmill volunteers visit the archives

Check out this post from the Greater Manchester County Record office telling you all about what happened when some of our staff and volunteers visited last month…

On 15 May volunteers from Quarry Bank Mill visited the Greater Manchester County Record Office to look at the mill’s historic archives and to get a tour around the archive strongrooms.


Quarry Bank Mill, in Styal, Cheshire, is a National Trust property. The estate is one of the best preserved eighteenth-century mill complexes in the country. It also boasts Europe’s most powerful working waterwheel and Apprentice House, which housed the pauper children who worked in the mill.

The volunteers are at the start of a project to catalogue and make accessible archives still held at the mill. Some of the archives were given to the city in the 1960s including records relating to Greg family, the mill’s child apprentices and its adult staff.

Among the apprentice records on display were documents relating to Esther Price and Thomas Priestley, whose stories tell us about how difficult life was…

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