Styal


Styal

Styal is a village in Cheshire, England, on the River Bollin and near to the town of Wilmslow. It is a popular commuter village for nearby Manchester. The village is dominated by Quarry Bank Mill and much of its housing is comprised of the mill's estate. The mill and the surrounding country park are owned by The National Trust.

There is a railway station on the branch line linking Wilmslow, Manchester Piccadily and Manchester Airport. The line opened on 1st May 1909. The station now only has a skeleton service (3 trains per day) but a campaign is underway to lobby for more services to serve local residents and visiors to Styal (http://styal-station.org.uk) .The primary school is located within the Styal National Trust estate.

Styal is also the location of a women's prison (HMP Styal) which accommodates 459 inmates. The prison is in the location, and includes some former buildings of, the Styal Cottage Homes; which were open from 1898 to around 1956. The Homes housed destitute children from the Manchester area. The prison opened in 1962.

The population in the 2001 census was 5014 but this includes the nearby, smaller, village of Morley and part of the fringe of Wilmslow. The village was built for the workers of quarry bank mill by Samual Greg.

Terry Waite the humanitarian, author and hostage negotiator came from Styal.

External links

* [http://www.quarrybankmill.org.uk Quarry Bank Mill & Styal Estate]

* [http://www.styal-station.org.uk Styal Station Promotion Website]

* [http://www.wilmslow.org.uk/wilmslow/styal-cottage-homes/styalcottagehomes.html Styal Cottage Homes]

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