Country Lane, Styal, Cheshire, UK
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Country Lane, Styal, Cheshire, UK

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A country lane just beside the car park of Quarry Bank Mill near Styal in Cheshire. If you continue to the end you'll end up at a sturdy gate covered with barbed wire - you are probably not supposed to be there ...

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A: Apprentice Garden, Quarry Bank Mill, Cheshire, UK

by Karel Hladky, 70 meters away

After a long slog in the mill, unpaid child labourers, 'apprentices', had to work in the vegetable ga...

Apprentice Garden, Quarry Bank Mill, Cheshire, UK

B: Quarry Bank Mill

by Karel Hladky, 240 meters away

Winter view of river Bolin at Quarry Bank Mill near Manchester, England.Quarry Bank Mill is one of th...

Quarry Bank Mill

C: The Carrs, Wilmslow, UK

by Karel Hladky, 1.5 km away

The Carrs is a park along river Bollin in Wilmslow, Cheshire. The main (and just about only) attracti...

The Carrs, Wilmslow, UK

D: Western Woods Styal Park

by Matt Fisher, 1.7 km away

Western Woods Styal Park

E: Bluebells in Styal Woods

by Matt Fisher, 1.8 km away

Bluebells in Styal Woods

F: Bluebells in Styal Woods

by Matt Fisher, 1.8 km away

Bluebells in Styal Woods

G: Styal Woods

by Matt Fisher, 1.8 km away

Styal Woods

H: Manchester Airport 25th July 2012

by Richard Weston. Weston Digital Imaging, 2.0 km away

Aircraft readying for take off on the Manchester airport runway. Taken from the south side of the run...

Manchester Airport 25th July 2012

I: St Bartholomew's, Wilmslow. Cheshire

by Richard Weston. Weston Digital Imaging, 2.0 km away

St Bartholomew's church after the completion of the church re-ordering at the end of 2013. The church...

St Bartholomew's, Wilmslow.  Cheshire

J: River Bollin Tunnel

by Dave Walker, 2.8 km away

Impressive tunnel under Manchester Airports' Runway Two, allowing the river Bollin to continue on it'...

River Bollin Tunnel

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