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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.

 

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Photos: A trip to Wales and a return to Bodnant Garden

Yesterday, we had a quick day trip to Wales to visit my dad in his new home.

While we were there we returned to Bodnant Garden, a place we visited in August 2010 (those photos can be seen on my much-neglected photo site here).

Plus, there’s a bonus photo of Conwy Castle viewed from the shores of Deganwy.

 

 

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Photos: Nostell Priory in January

We had a free day recently, and an urge to get out of the house before returning to work for the Spring term. So, we found ourselves at the National Trust’s Nostell Priory once more.

I adore winter time for taking photos – particularly bright and clear days like the one we had on Sunday; there is nothing like an utterly cloudless sky to accentuate the starkness of the bare trees or reflect into a still, frozen lake.

 

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Summery Trip Type Things

As you’ve probably no doubt noticed, photography has become something of a hobby for me recently. There’s something quite nice about going to places and finding ways to frame their lovliness and then displaying that to the world.

This summer holiday I went around quite a few places – some local, some on my long weekend to Cheshire – and the main focus was, alongside relaxing, taking photos.

Now, I know how boring and uninteresting photographs of people’s holidays can be, but that’s not my reason for sharing them with you. The photos are all of National Trust properties which are something I think are unique to the country. Where else in the world do you get eccentric, rich people building things in the middle of nowhere for the sole reason of looking at a pretty view? Or for hunting? Or to display their massive wealth? I’ll tell you where, nowhere.

No other country has these magnificent houses, these brilliant follys, these gardens and lakes of such tremendous beauty that you can’t help but fall in love with them.

I know that being a member of National Trust doesn’t really suit a fairly young member of society but the good thing about it is, aside from free parking, is the free entry to their sites and let’s face it, it’s a massive incentive to go to them if you’ve already spent the money anyway…

And so I find myself planning these trips. The sole reason for going to Cheshire was the sheer number of sites around there. I found myself with a spare Friday so popped along to Nostell Priory. And every single time, I took plenty of photos.

Here they are (each link opens in a new window, with photos displaying larger versions and text links taking you to albums stored at www.thomasjpitts.co.uk/gallery3:

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Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal Water Garden

At the end of May I went to Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden, the most complete abbey in England and a beautiful Tudor style garden. It was a slightly overcast day, but a picnic was had without the interruption of wasps so everything has its plus points.

Oh, and I am now a member of The National Trust, so expect more culture based entries – especially the next one, updating more escapades!

Here are a selection of the photos I took, the remainder are available in my gallery (opens in a new window).

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