History of the Gardens
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.
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.
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.