Thomas Greg with his family, including Samuel Greg, fourth from the right © Quarry Bank Mill Images

Thomas Greg with his family, including Samuel Greg, fourth from the right

The Greg Family

In 1783, Samuel Greg had a vision; by 1784 this vision had become the reality of Quarry Bank Mill.

Samuel and his wife Hannah built a community surrounding the Mill, including a village for the workers and the Apprentice House; they even built their family home next door to the mill and developed the surrounding landscape into beautiful gardens.

As Samuel's business enterprise grew he acquired several other mills, all of which were passed down to his sons. Robert Hyde Greg inherited Quarry Bank Mill, which was passed down to Alexander Carlton Greg, who donated it to the National Trust in 1939.

The Greg family in focus

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Styal school children c 1894

Styal school children c 1894

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These eggs were collected by Edward Hyde Greg © Quarry Bank Archives

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Original cash books and ledgers in the Manager’s Office at Quarry Bank © NTPL/Ian Shaw

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