Heritage Lottery Funding secured for Quarry Bank Mill in Cheshire

Worker's cottages Image copyright National Trust
Image caption A worker's cottage, shop and glass house producing exotic fruits will be restored

Plans to restore a Cheshire cotton mill estate which was at the heart of the industrial revolution have been boosted by a £3.9m grant.

Quarry Bank Mill was at the centre of the North West's cotton production between the 1780s and 1920s.

The National Trust, which runs it as a museum, said funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund would help ensure the site's "long-term conservation".

The project would reopen gardens, an 1830s glasshouse and Quarry Bank house.

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Image caption Workers from the Quarry Bank Mill

In 2013, the trust launched an appeal for £1.4m but needs £6m to completely restore the mill and the estate.

The trust will also put archives of the family, workers and the children - which are not yet available to the public - into digital form.

Quarry Bank Mill was built by the Greg family, with the estate offering housing for adult workers.

There was also a village complete with chapels, a school, a shop, allotments and a farm to provide food for the mill community.

A shop and a worker's cottage has also been earmarked for restoration as part of the project.

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