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,…

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 Mill on Channel 4 – Series 1

I have some seriously exciting news for you all this week! Back in February Channel 4 filmed their first ever factually inspired historical drama series at Quarry Bank, in conjunction with Darlow Smithson Productions. After five months of us staff and volunteers itching with impatience, the show is airing on Sunday 28th July at 8pm! The…

“C’mon, I’ll show you the Dungeon next!”

Now I know what you’re thinking – what is a Mill doing with a dungeon? Well yesterday I received a  nooks and crannies tour of the Mill with our Premises Assistant Craig (from the carpet tape incident). After asking very nicely with sugar on top Craig took me to some of the rooms in the Mill that no one…

Unlocking Quarry Bank…

A few hundred years ago the toys of children who belonged to well-off families such as the Gregs would have included such objects as rocking horses, china dolls, train sets and sail boats. Whilst I’m sure that many children today still play with similar toys, the advent of the technological age means even three-year olds can…

Quarry Bank’s Village Roadshow

So last week’s post was all about why we think Quarry Bank is such a special place, but this week, we’ve been able to talk to residents of Styal Village, at our Quarry Bank roadshow event, to find out what Quarry Bank means to them. We had several stalls running at this event. There was our…

What makes Quarry Bank special?

Well 2013 is already well underway, but amidst all this slush and snow I can’t help but long for summer to arrive! My mind keeps being drawn back to last summer, and what a summer we had!  Sportsmen and royals, volunteers and paralympic heroes; the nation was buzzing.  If you were to ask what image summed up…

Spinning tales…

Happy New Year one and all! We’ve had a flurry of activity here this week with essential maintenance and repairs being carried out across the property and a fortunate few members of staff went on a ‘nooks and crannies’ tour of Quarry Bank learning all about her different mechanical quirks. We’re also getting ready to…