The Apprentice House

The Apprentice House dormitory at Quarry Bank Mill © National Trust Images/Ian Shaw

The Apprentice House dormitory at Quarry Bank Mill

Take a guided tour of the past

The Apprentice House at Quarry Bank Mill was built by Samuel Greg to house the pauper children who worked at the Mill. We've reconstructed the Apprentice House so that it resembles as closely as possible how it would have been when the children lived there in the 19th century.

Visitors can take a guided tour with a costumed interpreter and learn about the children's education, medical treatments, living conditions and diet.


The Apprentice House

The Apprentice House

Please be aware that you can only attend a tour of the Apprentice House by buying a ticket on the day, and times are variable.

Call 01625 527 468 on the day you intend to visit for details of the tour times. During term time, public tours take place in the afternoon.

Please book your slot on arrival at the Ticket and Information Office.

Our favourite objects

  • Pile of slates in Workhouse schoolroom © NTPL/Ian Shaw

    'Victorian i-Pads'

    In the school room you can practice your best handwriting on our slate boards.

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    Chamber pots

    Make sure you don't mix up your wiping hand with your eating hand!

  • Leeches were used regularly in the Apprentice House © NTPL/Ian Shaw

    Marvellous medicines

    Home grown in the Apprentice House garden, except for the leeches...

  • Apprentice House © NTPL/John Millar

    Victorian iron

    Keep your pinafores and shirts looking fresh before you start work at the Mill.

Lobscouse stew

Enjoy a plate of scouse in the Speke Hall restaurant. © National Trust/Alex Muir

Lobscouse was the favourite meal of the apprentices.

Do you fancy trying to create this famous dish at home?

Follow our simple recipe and see if your little apprentices enjoy it.

Have you had your annual check-up?

Learn about the treatments prescribed to the Apprentice House children © Quarry Bank Mill Images

Make sure you get all the latest remedies and cures as prescribed by the Apprentice House medical man, Doctor Holland.

Be warned, remedies may include some wriggly leeches.

The Apprentice House garden

A scarecrow watches over the Apprentice House garden

A scarecrow watches over the Apprentice House garden

The Apprentice House garden grew herbs for the children's medicines and remedies, as well as fruit and vegetables.