Revolutionary Walking Tours

Over the summer we have had lots of exciting events held in aid of the Quarry Bank Appeal, and as I mentioned in last week’s post there are quite a few more to look forward to. This week I’m handing over to Jane Speller our Archive and Collections Officer to tell you all about the fundraising walking tours.

Saturday 31st August saw the first of two ‘Revolutionary Walking Tours’ of Styal village, organised as part of the Quarry Bank Summer of Fundraising.

Freya walking tour

Both tours are researched and led by Quarry Bank Archive volunteers, Freya McCracken and Anne-Marie Stead.

‘Styal Village: An Evolutionary Trail’, was led by Freya, a descendant of the last Mill Manager, Samuel Henshall who was her great grand-father. During this tour we explored a living village and heard the stories of those who lived there.

walking tour archives

We were allowed a glimpse inside the Methodist Chapel where we met the Reverend Katy and her helper Dorothy, who showed us some of their fascinating archives.

Walking tour - rev katy and dorothy

The tour ended at Norcliffe Chapel with a chance to see some more village archives (school and chapel) which had kindly been put on display for us by Ruth Taylor. This was followed by tea and some excellent cakes all provided by the chapel. A big thank you to everyone who helped make this tour such a success!

 walking tour archive material

Saturday September 14th sees ‘The Real Esther Price Trail’, led by Ann-Marie, where we aim to uncover the ‘real’ characters behind the popular Channel 4 drama ‘The Mill’. This tour is followed by a chance to see village archives on show at the Methodist Chapel followed by tea and cakes there. Booking essential, please call 01625 445875 or email


For those of you who aren’t local (i.e. all you lovely followers from America to Australia) don’t forget that you can check out the post I did on Esther a few weeks ago. For those of you who are local, make sure you sign up for the tour so you can explore and experience the village Esther spent her life in, following her departure from the Apprentice House.



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  1. Speller, Jane says:

    Lovely thanks!

    Jane Speller, Archive and Collections Officer Revolution and Revelation, Quarry Bank

    01625 445875

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