Transforming your experience at Quarry Bank

Quarry Bank could be described as pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. Quarry Bank was bequeathed to the National Trust in 1939 but this did not include some significant parts of the estate and it was not until 2010 that we were able to acquire the final missing part with the acquisition of the Upper Garden.

Now we have all the pieces, we need to join them together. The Quarry Bank Project hopes to reconnect the site to enable you to make new discoveries and explore the stories of the people who once lived and worked here.

Our proposed new welcome building and orientation point will start you on your journey of discovery. The orientation point will enable you to choose which areas of Quarry Bank you wish to visit either by location, story or theme. The orientation point will be ideally located near the car park and improved path works, which will provide easier access across the whole site.

You will be able to encounter stories of a self-sufficient community established during the early Industrial Revolution, of mill owners and workers, adults and children, industry and ingenuity, landscape and agriculture, labour and leisure.

Transforming your visit

By seeking to open the mill owner’s house and the worker’s cottage; by restoring the upper garden and northern woods and refreshing the mill, Quarry Bank has the potential to be transformed from ‘just a mill’ to an entire early industrial landscape.

Once you are immersed into your visit at Quarry Bank, you will discover a breadth of possibilities to enjoy your day. Spend time with our engineers and watch them turn our waterwheel on; find out if your ancestor worked in the mill with our family history drop in sessions; plant a seed in the Upper Garden and learn about food production and sustainability.

Through The Quarry Bank Project we will offer opportunities, not only to visit this fantastic site, but to engage in new ways. During a visit you might also want to join a drop-in volunteering session in the garden or help to decipher a letter from our archive on our online system.

The team at Quarry Bank celebrating the successful application to the Heritage Lottery Fund
The team at Quarry Bank celebrating the successful application to the Heritage Lottery Fund