Quarry Bank Mill has an incredible archive of oral history recordings, dating back as far as a maid born in 1882. They reflect the monotony of work at the mill, which is hardly ever seen as worth mentioning by the workers, but also the close knit community found in the village of Styal. The interviewees share fascinating stories about village characters, workers’ relationships with the Greg family, and the ways that the villagers found to have fun.
'He rejoiced in having potato cakes'
Alec Greg was known to pop into villagers’ houses first thing in the morning, expecting breakfast...
'She did a nice hand in tripe'
Reg describes the industries his Aunt Hannah ran from the cellar of her cottage.
'Pulled by hand, not by horse'
Col. Alexander Greg left Styal to fight in the Boer War in 1900, and travelled in an unusual way.
Mary describes some of the personalised house names, based on the people that lived there.
Mushrooms and rats
Ellen was sent to work as a maid at the Greg home, Norcliffe Hall in 1899.
The flying shuttle
Alice remembers when a young piecer discovered what happens if you are ‘sweet’ on the wrong girl.