Photos: Quarry Bank Mill

Quarry Bank Mill (also known as Styal 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. Built in 1784, the mill is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II listed building, and inspired the 2013 television series The Mill.

This was our second visit to Quarry Bank Mill – we first visited it in 2008.

Quarry Bank Mill is on the outskirts of Styal in Cheshire, to the south of Manchester Airport. The mill is on the bank of the River Bollin which provided water to power the waterwheels. It was connected by road to the Bridgewater Canal for transporting raw cotton from the port of Liverpool.

We also visited nearby Styal Village, where the cottages for mill workers were built and I managed to capture images of a playful squirrel.



The Paint Buddy

Here’s some industrial design for you to consider…

One of the winners of the IDEA awards this year was this clever product. The Paint Buddy is a touch-up paint storage and application unit that changes the way we will think about house painting in the very near future. Apparently.

Designed to store the leftover paint you have after completing the walls in a room, you would store the extra paint in this device with built-in roller. Then should you scuff the wall 6 months later, you simply pop open the top and roll on the touch-up. When you’re done, the roller part comes off for cleaning or replacement. Genius!

[Thanks Chris]

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