Step into Quarry Bank House

Quarry Bank House in the snow

Built as a family home and a haven from city life, Quarry Bank House is a stark contrast to the hustle and bustle of the cotton mill. Inside, you can enter the world of Hannah Greg and her family. Discover Hannah’s interest in education, self-improvement and debate, and find out about her wider social circle and elegant dinner parties.

Visitors in Quarry Bank House

Explore Hannah's world

In Quarry Bank House you can enter the elegant world of the mill owners. In the study you can take a closer look at some of Hannah’s writings and find out more about the family. Take a wander into the dining room to discover the Gregs’ wide circle of friends and acquaintances and experience the atmosphere of learning and debate that Hannah cultivated in her home. In the drawing room you can admire the stunning views across the gardens, and see how the ladies of the Greg family would have spent their time.

View over Quarry Bank House and garden

A sanctuary from the city

When Samuel Greg founded Quarry Bank in 1784, he and his wife Hannah were living in King Street in central Manchester. As a rapidly growing city, Manchester was a busy and vibrant place filled with smoke, industry, carriages and people. Hannah loved the tranquillity of Quarry Bank, where the family spent their summers, and yearned to make a home here. In the 1790s, building work began for Quarry Bank House and finally, in 1815, the family moved in permanently.

Dining table and chairs in Quarry Bank House

Piecing the story back together

In 2017 we embarked on the restoration of Quarry Bank House, transforming it from a twenty-first century house into an early nineteenth century home. This was a major challenge for our curators, as we hold none of Samuel and Hannah’s possessions within the Quarry Bank collection. We’ve taken inspiration from drawings, inventories and descriptions of Quarry Bank House and similar homes of the period to decide on the colour schemes, types of furniture and decorations that the Gregs may have had.