Exciting times ahead at Quarry Bank…

With the Quarry Bank Project entering its second year, we are all set for a very exciting 2016. The Glasshouse The Glasshouse restoration is already underway and when the garden opens again on Saturday 13 February you can see for yourselves how things are coming along.  Throughout the spring and summer you will be able…

New Life in Quarry Bank Gardens

A few weeks ago I had a lovely morning wandering around Quarry Bank’s gardens on a tour for staff and volunteers, by Sarah Witts (below), the Head Gardener here at Quarry Bank. There certainly have been a lot of changes and huge effort has been put in, by both the garden staff and volunteers, to get…

Conservation in action on Styal Estate

Here at Quarry Bank we don’t just look after historic buildings, we also care for the huge estate that comprises of the Northern and Southern Woods, donated to us along with the Mill, in 1939.  The estate is managed by our dedicated team of Rangers and volunteers, who protect and restore these beautiful grounds. Part…

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…

Quarry Bank’s Big Garden Birdwatch 2014

Today I’m handing over to our gardener Ann, to tell you all about this year’s Big Garden Birdwatch at Quarry Bank. The RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch was started in 1979 as an activity for children to encourage their interest and understanding of the birds they saw most regularly in their gardens, and to establish the…

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…

A brief history of Quarry Bank

Over the past year I have been bringing you stories of Quarry Bank from the past and the present. However, I realise that I’ve never given you a linear account of the history of Quarry Bank, instead delving in and out of some of the more interesting spots in the property’s history – a highlight reel…

The Greg’s “Pleasure Grounds”

I’ve mentioned a few times here about the £1.4 million appeal that we launched back in February to allow us to restore parts of Quarry Bank to its former glory. However, whilst we here at the property have a shining vision of the culmination of these efforts, we understand that you might not be able to…

A Swinging Success! May Day at Quarry Bank

All that finger crossing and wishing certainly worked for once as we had glorious weather for our Victorian May Day. The day started pretty early for some of our staff, with my poor boss, Rachel, and a couple of our Rangers, Tim and John, arriving at the property at 7:15am to help to set up the Victorian Swing…

‘So when are the coconuts arriving?’

Today is an absolutely glorious day here and I’ve actually managed to venture out into the garden without being shrouded in my ski jacket! It seems that spring has finally sprung here at Quarry Bank and the garden is looking absolutely stunning, and full of beautiful colour. Come Monday the garden will be jam-packed with…

Easter at Quarry Bank 2013

We are determined that spring will have sprung by this weekend in time for our Easter Eggstravaganza, so everyone think bright sunny thoughts! We’ve all sorts planned for the perfect family Easter weekend (29 March-1 April, 12-4pm), and will be joined by the Cadburys team on Easter Sunday and Monday, who will be bringing along brilliant activities…