Growing up as a child in South Manchester in the mid 60s & 70s, our playgrounds were amass of an old WW1 & WW2 RAF Camp and a German Prisoner of war camp, along with one of Britains oldest cotton mills.
This mill in particular is 'QUARRY BANK MILL' and is situated in the leafy are of STYAL, in Wilmslow, Cheshire, know as 'STYAL WOODS'
As young kids, we would doss around the crumbling old mill and go swimming in the 'RIVER BOLLIN' and getting up to all sorts of mischief, like you do, and thought nothing about what history lay behind this enormous mill.
It wasn't until later on in life, and doing some researching for the brand, that, how iconic and what part the mill actually played at the beginning of our Industrial Revolution and how significant it would be be in our history
It was connected by road to the Bridgewater Canal for transporting raw cotton from the port of Liverpool and consisted of 3 farms and a village
The estate surrounding the mill was developed and Greg converted farm buildings to house workers. As the mill increased in size, housing was constructed for the workers. A chapel and a school were built by the Gregs who moved into Quarry Bank House next to the mill.
As mentioned in a previous post. C4 produced a 2 series of life in the mill 'The Mill' and is certainly worth vewing
Samuel Greg (Not the baker) leased land at Quarrel Hole on Pownall Fee from Lord Stamford, who imposed a condition that 'none of the surrounding trees should be pruned, felled or lopped maintaining the woodland character of the area. The factory was built in 1784 by Greg to spin cotton. When Greg retired in 1832 it was the largest such business in the United Kingdom. The water-powered Georgian mill still produces cotton calico. The Gregs were careful and pragmatic, paternalistic mill owners, and the mill was expanded and changed throughout its history. When Greg's son, Robert Hyde Greg, took over the business, he introduced weaving. Samuel Greg died in 1834