The Mill returns to our screens tonight on Channel 4 at 8pm. The second series includes some new locations, most prominent being Styal Village. For me, and for those of you who know the site well, it’s easy to reconcile the distances we see the workers walking in the series from their cottages to the Mill, and it’s easier for us to sympathise with the actors who had to do several retakes that meant walking up and down the Mill drive! But for those of you haven’t a clue how all the buildings sit with one another, I thought it would be a good idea to include a map of the site, so you can appreciate the community that was, and is, Quarry Bank and Styal.
The site comprises of the Mill, Quarry Bank House (home of the Gregs), the Upper and Lower Gardens, the Apprentice House and Styal Village, all of which were created or expanded to the extent seen today by founder Samuel Greg, by the 1830s, since his arrival in 1784.
I was lucky enough to take a tour of all the studio created sets back in April, and of course I took a ton of pictures to share with you all, so check back over the next couple of weeks to have a good old nosy like I did!