Saturday, 06 March 2004
Pix Of The Day: Industrial Revolution Survivors
CREDIT: © Peter Turner/MaccCAM.co.uk
WHERE: Styal, Cheshire, England. WHAT: industrial heritage site.
MAP: Styal. Thumbnail  clicks pop-up larger images.
Much of the Industrial Revolution was driven by people of dogged determination: sometimes they had vision; sometimes they had social conscience, or religious fervor; oftentimes they were motivated by good old fashioned acquisitiveness, or greed depending on your own perspective persuasions.
From their endeavors, and the labors of those they employed, some industrial sites were developed that have proved so robust that they have survived in some form down to the present. Sir Titus Salt's eponymous Saltaire in Yorkshire, England, and David Dale & Robet Owen's New Lanark, Lanarkshire, Scotland, come to mind as two examples of surviving industrial heritage. We were unaware of the industrial heritage site at Quarry Bank Mill in Styal, Cheshire, England, until Peter Turner kindly gave us a conducted two  page web tour.
The three pictures we chose for the thumbnail strip show, left to right, the  workers' entrance to the mill, a  reconstruction of a spinning and weaving workshop, and the  Mill Manager's Office. Peter shows far more than we offer here, and when you visit his web site you will see amongst other things, the reconstruction of a two hundred year old clothes washing process… ahem… that does not look too different from the process and equipment we remember from childhood, except for gas water heating!
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Jules Laforgue (1860-1887)
"Ah! que la vie est quotidienne."
Oh, what a day-to-day business life is.
'Complainte sur certains ennuis' (1885)