Quarry Bank has won the Lottery

Hello everyone, my name is Emma and I am the project coordinator for the Quarry Bank Project. Over the next few years I will be joining the blogging team to relay all the wonderful things happening with the Quarry Bank Project. As you may be aware, back in January, Quarry Bank was awarded a £3.9million…

Through the Keyhole in Styal Village

A couple of weeks ago I gave you a behind the scenes look inside Quarry Bank House, and we all saw how the other half lived as it were. Well today, I had to go into No. 13 Oak Cottage, in Styal Village, known to us at Quarry Bank as the ‘pickled cottage’. I thought…

Through the Keyhole at Quarry Bank House…

Well let’s not beat around the bush here, it should be fairly obvious to you all by now that the Greg family lived at Quarry Bank House, so if we were to try a blog style Through the Keyhole, the guessing game would be over pretty quickly. However, I know that you probably couldn’t resist having…

The Greg Family Album

In November 2012, we were informed by a researcher, who was looking into Quarry Bank and slavery, that there was a remarkable book being sold by James Cummins Bookseller, New York. The book in question was actually not a book at all, but the “Family Album (Mrs S. Greg’s) 1800-1815, Quarry Bank and Ireland”. Ally…

Why are they putting pounded teeth into a recipe?!

Last week our Deputy Catering Manager, Chris, set off to the archives in search of a few historic recipes, in the hope that our chefs in the Mill Café might be able to recreate the dishes in the future. What he was not expecting to find were recipes which included ingredients “pounded teeth” and “powdered…

Apprentices vs workers

Now that the cataloguing volunteers have worked their way through the vast amount of Greg letters, they have shifted their focus towards documents relating to the business. One such document was written by Robert Hyde Greg titled “List of apprentices and their value as compared with other workers”, dated December 1837. As the title suggests,…

Signed by Her Majesty Queen Victoria

Once more we have found something completely unexpected here at Quarry Bank. Last March we found a letter from Bing Crosby in a donated second-hand book and now archive volunteer John Tomlinson has found the signatures of Queen Victoria and Prime Minister Lord John Russell on a slip of paper. Lord John Russell was Prime…

A year of Quarry Bank – 2013

This year has been absolutely jam-packed for us at Quarry Bank. It all kicked off back in February when we launched our £1.4m fundraising appeal  to help us complete the story of Quarry Bank. Currently we have managed to raise just over £600,000 – nearly half way there! The appeal will help us to complete…

Indiana Jones has nothing on us…

Alright, so maybe we’re not saving the world or managing to outrun death by avoiding a boulder of doom, but we’ve had an expert team of archaeologists in from Matrix Archaeology in Manchester, who are making some really interesting and important finds in the gardens. The Gregs may have found Quarry Bank House and Norcliffe Hall draughty during the…

“The repeated eruptions of burning stones…”

Back in the summer I wrote a post about the Greg family and their travels around the globe. Robert Hyde Greg was one such Greg, and his Grand Tour of Europe provides us with a lot of interesting detail about tourism and different cultures in the early 19th century. Yesterday, one of our cataloguing volunteers,…

Revolutionary Walking Tours

Over the summer we have had lots of exciting events held in aid of the Quarry Bank Appeal, and as I mentioned in last week’s post there are quite a few more to look forward to. This week I’m handing over to Jane Speller our Archive and Collections Officer to tell you all about the…