Piecing together Robert and Mary’s Romance

Well folks, this is my last ever blog post as I leave Quarry Bank for pastures new, and I have decided to end my tenure as blog creator & editor by returning once more to one of my favourite stories from the archive; the romance of Robert Hyde Greg and Mary Phillips, and I warn…

Accidents at Quarry Bank Mill – The Mill Series 2 Episode 2

In Episode 2 of The Mill we see Jack Howlett nearly reach a horrific end, when his head is almost crushed between the draw frame and the back plate of the spinning mule. Luckily for Jack, his father John Howlett in an act of superhuman strength brings the mule to a stop by grabbing the…

Styal in the 1860s

Whilst doing bits and bobs of research this past week, Ally directed me to a brilliant document, compiled by a man named Thomas Tongue in the 1920s, who, at the age of 74 recalled from memory some truly fantastic anecdotes about the men who lived in Styal village, that I had to share with you…

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…

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…

Like a kid at Christmas…

Last week I went on the archive catalogue training course with some volunteers, held by Ally and Jane, and ended up feeling like a kid at Christmas when we were shown around the Collections Store. This magical treasure trove holds all the objects in our vast collection, and as I was wandering around beginning to…

“It is a very pretty and remarkably genteel play”

Another day and another wonderful find by our volunteers working hard to catalogue the archive.  This week, our volunteer Stella Prendiville was working on a letter from Mary Philips, which gives us a fresh insight into Greg family life at Norcliffe Hall. The letter is to her son Robert Philips Greg whilst he was at boarding school in Brighton…

Exploring the Quarry Bank collection

This week I decided to hand over to our Collections and Archive Officer, Ally, who has selected an item from the collection to share with you… Bird egg collection The bird egg collection at Quarry Bank is one of the more quirky and surprising items in the Quarry Bank collection, and it is normally kept…

We’re all going on a summer holiday…

I’m off on my jolly holidays next week and I cannot wait to be in a country with some guaranteed sun! No doubt many of you are also counting down the days until you can escape from the office and this unpredictable weather, and it seems the Gregs were no different. Travelling was a hobby…