The Apprentice House and garden
The early Industrial Revolution wasn’t just powered by water and steam; it was powered by children. At Quarry Bank, child workers lived in the Apprentice House where they were given food and board in exchange for their labour. Join a guided tour and discover where they lived, ate and slept, or explore the gardens they tended after long shifts in the mill.
Who were the apprentices?
At the start of the Industrial Revolution, entrepreneurs such as Samuel Greg were looking for cheap labour to power their mills. The apprentice system offered the perfect solution. Children as young as eight years old were brought from workhouses or from their family homes to the Apprentice House. As many as 90 children lived packed in together, and worked in the mill in exchange for food, clothes and board.