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…

Dr Holland’s Herbal Remedies

Dr Peter Holland, not only mixed with the gentry, but also showed concern for the poor. Developing a large practice in the Knutsford area, as well as working for the Leicesters at Tabley, the Stanleys at Alderly and the Egertons at Tatton, he was the family medical practioner for the Greg family and took responsibility for the medical care of…

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…

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…

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…

Weddings at Quarry Bank

Quarry Bank has seen its fair share of iconic moments in its 230 year history, both past and present, but did you know that Quarry Bank can also act as the setting for one of the most iconic moments of your own life – your wedding day? Instead of me trying to convince you of…

Scarecrow Festival 2014

Yesterday morning I found myself manhandling Marilyn Monroe, Charlie Chaplin, Gary Lineker and Miss Havisham. In scarecrow form of course. This year the theme of our annual Scarecrow Festival is ‘Film and TV stars’, as Quarry Bank is set to once more grace TV screens this summer in Series 2 of The Mill. Last year…

International Women’s Day – Hannah and Bessy Greg

On Saturday people all over the globe celebrated International Women’s Day to show their respect and appreciation towards women for their political, social and economic achievements. This got me thinking about some of the remarkable women connected to Quarry Bank, and, as I’ve just read David Sekers’ book, Hannah Greg and her daughter Bessy in particular sprang to mind….

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 day in the life of… Helen and her many guises

This is a special Monday morning treat for you – a ”behind-the-scenes” glimpse into the world of one our Machine Demonstrators/ Apprentice House Interpreters – Helen Mackey… In 1784 Samuel Greg, originally from Belfast, founded Quarry Bank Mill. In 1984, I was born. As the token Northern Irish employee, I like to think that Samuel…

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…