Wilmslow is only eleven miles from Manchester city centre and is set in a charming area with quaint house and country lanes. There are some lovely public gardens here, see the link.
Fondest memory: http://www.ngs.org.uk/gardens/gardenfinder/search.aspx?search=type:advanced-d:5-dr:1-twn:Wilmslow%2c+Cheshire-xy:38470%2c38120
There is also quite a big woods adjacent to the mill park area. One of the paths to reach the woods is alongside Norcliffe Chapel, another is at the right hand side of the mill.
If you head along the path south from the mill through a couple of fields, you then enter a park called The Carrs, which is actually in Wilmslow, but they both join each other.
Favorite thing: This shop which was owned by Greg, would have been used by most of his workforce. The money they spent here would be deducted from their wages. Or they could have been given tokens - in their wages - in leiu of money - which they would then use to buy goods in the shop.
Oak farm which is situated just behind the cottages, has parts of the buildings dating back to the 15th century.
It was bought by Greg in 1802 to enable his workforce to have meat and dairy produce.
It is now privately owned.
The Mill was built in 1784. It has five floors and today when visiting, you can seen them still producing calico.
The machinery in the mill was run on steam power and there is an 1830's Beam Engine and a horizontal steam engine both of which steam daily.
The noise of the machinery in the mills used to be so intense that mill workers had to lip read to know what someone was saying to them!
The photograph shows one of the doorways with the date the mill opened.
The garden of the Apprentice House was used for growing vegetables and herbs and was worked by the apprentices and overseen by a gardener.
The garden has now been restored and replanted with the same kind of vegetables and herbs that were used in Victorian times.
Favorite thing: I love this thatched cottage. Its called Cruck Cottage. I dont suppose ordinary workers lived here, maybe it was one of the bosses.
Favorite thing: This is the waterfall which gushes the water down the river to the waterwheel which operates the power for the mill.
In 1790 there were 183 working in the mill for Samuel Greg, and by the middle of the 1800's there was over 400!!!
How times have changed, with nearly all this industry gone.
The Methodist Chapel was once a corn store belonging to the farm, but it was bought and converted into a chapel in 1833.
Previous to that Methodists had used a cottage for their services.