Life as a mill apprentice
We enjoyed a fantastic trip to Quarry Bank Mill in Styal. We spent the day learning about working conditions at the mill and also what life was like for children who arrived to work as apprentices. Life in the apprentice house was hard, children slept 2 to a bed (on straw) and worked for 10 hours a day on very little food. As bad as this sounds, it was still far better than the miserable lives many children suffered in the Victorian workhouse.