History of the Gardens

A historic view of Quarry Bank Garden and Quarry Bank House © Quarry Bank Archive

A historic view of Quarry Bank Garden and Quarry Bank House

The greatest of Albion's vales...

In the late 1790s Samuel Greg built Quarry Bank House, and he and his wife Hannah soon set to work shaping the breathtaking landscape that surrounded them into beautiful gardens.

Their son Robert Hyde Greg continued their work in the mid-1800s, adding several varieties of rhododendron, some of which are still in the gardens today.

Miniature railway

The Greg family dog rides the miniature railway © Quarry Bank Archive

The Greg family dog rides the miniature railway

In the 1870s Edward Hyde Greg built a miniature railway for his children to enjoy, that we think ran from Quarry Bank House to the weir. The railway even had its own signal boxes, and we have some of the surviving wagons in our collections.

The railway is yet another example of Edward's frivolous spending which would later cause arguments between him and his children.

Sadly the railway no longer exists, and was dismantled at some point in the early 20th century.

The cave

Edward Hyde Greg and his family in the cave in Quarry Bank Gardens © Quarry Bank Archive

Edward Hyde Greg and his family in the cave in Quarry Bank Gardens

Quarry Bank Garden is home to a cave with a rich history.

Prior to becoming part of the Greg's garden in the 1790s, it was believed that the area had been home to a religious hermit. A man named Murral and his family also lived in the cave at one point, using gorse bushes to fill up the front and keep out the cold. There are several shelves cut into the rock, and some graffiti that predates the Gregs.

The later Gregs used the cave to house their owls.

Restoration work

Over the past few years our garden and buildings team have been working to restore several parts of the Upper garden.

We have restored the dipping pond and smaller glasshouse, but hope to do more...

The Apprentice House Garden

Come and visit the garden today

Come and visit the garden today

The Apprentice House Garden was tended by the apprentices themselves and had many uses for Quarry Bank.

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