Daily Wallpaper -
These seasonal, daily wallpapers will be archived pictures that have all appeared previously on this website. I will also post new wallpaper from our holidays and days out (see below).
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Picture 1 - Built in 1784, on the banks of the River Bollin, Quarry Bank Mill at Styal, in Cheshire was a pioneer of the factory system. When the mill owner, Samuel Greg, retired, Quarry Bank was the largest cotton spinning mill in the country. Quarry Bank House was the home of the Greg family. He and his wife had 13 children and the house was built close to the mill, to be at the very heart of the business operation. | Picture 2 - Child workers, as young as 8 years old, lived in the Apprentice House where they were given food and board in exchange for their cheap labour at the mill. As many as 90 children, brought from workhouses or from their family homes, lived, packed in together and worked in the mill in exchange for food, clothes and board. Apprentice children worked in the garden after their shift in the mill, growing food that was used in the apprentices’ meals. | Picture 3 - Michaelmas daisies (foreground) in the upper garden at Quarry Bank. Michaelmas, or the Feast of Michael and All Angels, is celebrated on the 29th of September. As it falls near the equinox, the day is associated with the beginning of autumn and the shortening of days. St Michael is one of the principal angelic warriors, protector against the dark of the night and the Archangel who fought against Satan and his evil angels. The Gregs' formal gardens had a walled kitchen garden on the cliff top to produce all the family's fruit and vegetables. The glasshouses allowed for the cultivation of palms and other large exotic specimens. Keeping the boiler fed day and night was the job of the garden boys, some of whom were as young as nine years old. To make sure they were always close by, these boys slept in the back sheds, along with their few possessions. | Picture 4 - Oak cottages numbers 1 to 7 in Styal village - As many as 14 people lived in each of these tiny two-up-two-down cottages and tenants sub-let the rooms to other mill workers. Esther Price was a character in Channel 4's TV series The Mill. The real Esther Price lived in Styal village at 5, Oak Cottages with two other families. Styal remains a living community with a primary school, a community shop, a pub and many small businesses.
Picture 1 - The gardens at Hardwick Hall, an Elizabethan country house in Derbyshire, built between 1590 and 1597 for the formidable Bess of Hardwick. It is now a National Trust property | Picture 2 - The Chesterfield Canal, close to Tapton. The canal was one of the last of the canals designed by James Brindley, who died while it was being constructed. The canal was opened in 1777 and ran for 46 miles from the River Trent at West Stockwith, Nottinghamshire to Chesterfield. | Picture 3 - The Mill Pond at Cromford - Derbyshire. The village is known for its historical connection with Richard Arkwright, and the nearby Cromford Mill which he built outside the village in 1771. Cromford Mill was the birthplace of the modern factory system and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. | Picture 4 - The River Doe Lea at Stainsby Mill on the Hardwick Estate. The mill is a 19th-century flour watermill but a mill on this site appears to have existed from the early 13th century. It has been restored to full working order, is a Grade II listed building and is now under the ownership of the National Trust.
Picture 1 - overlooking the village of Hope, pictures 2 and 3 - Ilam Hall and picture 4 - the River Wye at Bakewell. A substantial part of the Peak District National Park lies within the county of Derbyshire. The two major areas are the Dark Peak and the White Peak. The Dark Peak is in the north of the county, with wild and wonderful landscape. White Peak territory is further south, where the landscape gets softer with limestone caves and lush green valleys. The Dark Peak gets its name from the underlying limestone being covered by a cap of millstone grit, whereas the White Peak does not have the millstone grit atop the limestone.
East Riddlesden Hall is a National Trust, 17th-century manor house in Keighley, West Yorkshire. See Google Map. The Grade I listed hall was built in 1642 by the wealthy Halifax clothier, James Murgatroyd. The Murgatroyds became notorious for their profanity and debauchery and a legend arose that the River Aire changed its course in shame, in order to flow further away from the hall! The land, which stretches down to the River Aire, includes meadows and a riverside walk, with a formal garden and wild garden close to the house. The Hall has been used as a filming location for the 1992 film of Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights. It also featured in the paranormal TV programme Most Haunted and in the 2017 BBC Television series Gunpowder.