On our way to the Lake District we stopped off at Quarry Bank Mill. This fitted in with adventure 31 - travel back in time (from our Amazing Family Adventures book), enabling the girls to find out about victorian working conditions!
Quarry Bank Mill in Styal, Cheshire, England, is one of the best preserved textile mills of the Industrial Revolution and is now a museum of the cotton industry. The mill was started in 1784 and over the
following one hundred years, harnessed water power to drive
the machinery which prepared the yarn for spinning, but later moved on
to steam power in order to power the actual looms. We went inside the restored industrial building into
which much of the original machinery has been replaced.