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…

Heroes of Adventure – what our visitors think

Our exhibition Heroes of Adventure has been on display for a few months now, if you still haven’t seen it, here are some kind comments from our visitors about the exhibition, who will hopefully persuade you to come and visit… “It shows how brave and selfless people were. It proves that we must learn from…

Arthur and Bobby’s medals, home at last – Heroes of Adventure

As many of you will know by now, currently at Quarry Bank we have an exhibition on called Heroes of Adventure, which commemorates the experiences of the Greg family, the workers and the villagers in the First World War. Ally and I led on the exhibition and we became very emotionally attached to the people’s…

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…

‘Heroes of Adventure’ an upcoming exhibition

It was around this time last year that I first learned of Arthur Tylston Greg and his younger brother Robert Philips Greg and the sacrifices they made in the First World War. Next year marks the centenary of the First World War and many National Trust properties are organising commemorative exhibitions, Quarry Bank included. Myself,…

“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…

“He has had very much less flatulence…”

The cataloguing of the archive has been delivering some really wonderful and often beautiful finds, such as the wedding photograph of Robert Alexander Greg that I shared with you a few weeks ago. Today, however, two of our Archive Volunteers, Pat and Christine, have found possibly the most humorous letter thus far. Pat and Christine have…

“We rolled great snowballs and made a snow fort”

Well unless you’ve been hibernating these past couple of weeks you will have noticed the deluge of snow that deposited itself across the country. As ever the news reporters were sent to the worst hit areas across the UK (all whilst telling us not to make unnecessary journeys, oh the irony!) to bring us either stories of…