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  Wilmslow and Alderley Edge (Quarry Bank Mill and Manchester Airport): A Pictorial History
Wilmslow & Alderley Edge


 
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Media: BOOK - hardcover, 128 pages
Author: R. Westall
Year: 1994
Other Data: b&w photos, bibliog
ISBN: 9780850338676

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Product Code: PHL613
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Wilmslow and Alderley Edge, with their leafy lanes and newly built railway stations, attracted wealthy merchants and mill-owners to move away from the grime and poverty of 19th century Manchester. The businessmen of today are attracted by the ease of flying to all parts of the world from Manchester International Airport, which lies on their doorstep. As a result, the area retains an aura of residential respectability and wealth, although in reality it has a long industrial history.

Since prehistoric times copper and lead are believed to have been mined on the Edge and burial urns from the early Bronze Age have been found in the area. In 1984 excitement was created internationally, by the discovery of a body preserved for 2,500 years by acidic peat on Lindow Common ... 'Pete Marsh' as he became known, had apparently been garotted in a ritual rite.

Less than a mile from the airport stands Quarry Bank Mill and the timber-framed buildings of Styal village. In 1784 Samuel Greg commenced the building of the mill, now a working museum and heritage centre. Thousands of school children who visit the mill each year discover that life was no a bed of roses for the hundreds of orphaned children employed there in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Both Wilmslow and Alderley Edge have interesting histories in the more recent past and their affluence ensured good coverage by early photographers, so that their rapid development since the railway came, is well recorded in surviving visual images.

In this book the author has made skilful use of a splendid selection of carefully captioned old photograph to illuminate his easy-to-read narrative account of Wilmslow and Alderley Edge in the past.

Contents:
Acknowledgements
Wilmslow
 - Introduction
 - Wilmslow Parish Church
 - Highways
 - Romany of the B.B.C.
 - Trade and Industry
 - Punishment
 - The Racecouse and Lindow Moss
 - Wilmslow Life
Styal Village
 - Samuel Greg and Quarry Bank Mill
 - Greg's Estate
 - The Village Shop
 - Religion
 - Mill Workers and Child Labour
 - The Apprentices' House
 - Oak School
 - Work and Play
Ringway and Manchester International Airport
Alderley Edge Village
 - St Philip's Church
 - Chorley Hall
 - The Edge
 - The Beacon
 - Wizard's Well
 - Stormy Point
 - Alderley Cross
 - Old Alderley
 - Alderley Hall
 - Nether Alderley Mill
 - Alderley Church
Bibliography


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