Date: 24 August 2021
Location: Quarry Bank Mill, Styal, Manchester 53.343937,-2.249986
In 1784 Belfast-born industrialist Samuel Greg (1758 – 1834) built the cotton mill, which would become the largest textile mill in the country, at Quarry Bank. Greg also built Quarry Bank House as his family residence right next to the mill, which operated 13 hours a day and employed hundreds of workers, the majority of which were children. He also built a housing estate, with a school and chapel, to accommodate the workers, albeit in very cramped conditions.
The site was donated to the National Trust in 1939 and production continued at the mill until 1959. The mill has been restored and its machinery, including the largest waterwheel in the UK, is still in operation.