A report on Robert Hyde Greg

Robert Hyde Greg, portrait c.1845

English industrialist, economist, antiquary, and - briefly - a Member of Parliament.

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Robert Hyde Greg, portrait c.1845

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Quarry Bank Mill

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One of the best preserved textile factories of the Industrial Revolution.

One of the best preserved textile factories of the Industrial Revolution.

Part of the Oak Cottages at Styal
Workers' cottages at Styal Estate
The Apprentice House where up to 90 children lived
Front elevation of Quarry Bank Mill
Workers cottages
Workers cottages
Norcliffe Chapel
A working Mule spinning machine at Quarry Bank Mill.
A view inside the largest water wheel in the United Kingdom. It is still working today, powering the looms.
The new wheel

When Greg's son, Robert Hyde Greg, took over the business, he introduced weaving.

Hannah Greg

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The architect of a paternalistic industrial community in the north of England, a prominent Unitarian and significant diarist.

The architect of a paternalistic industrial community in the north of England, a prominent Unitarian and significant diarist.

Quarry Bank Mill
Apprentice House, Quarry Bank Mill, built in 1790, housed child apprentices

Four of their sons, Robert Hyde (1795–1875), John (1801-1882), Samuel Jr. (1804–1876) and William Rathbone (1809–1881), entered the business.

William Rathbone Greg

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English essayist.

English essayist.

Born in Manchester, the son of Samuel Greg, the creator of Quarry Bank Mill, and Hannah Greg, he was brother to Robert Hyde Greg and the junior Samuel Greg.

Samuel Greg circa 1820

Samuel Greg

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Irish-born industrialist and entrepreneur of the early Industrial Revolution and a pioneer of the factory system.

Irish-born industrialist and entrepreneur of the early Industrial Revolution and a pioneer of the factory system.

Samuel Greg circa 1820
Hannah Greg (née Lightbody)
Quarry Bank Mill
Some of the houses built by Greg for mill workers
The Apprentice House for child apprentices, built in 1790

Of Hannah and Samuel's thirteen children Robert Hyde Greg continued in the textile business and became an Member of Parliament for Manchester in 1839 opposed to extension of the franchise and to factory legislation; Samuel Rathbone Greg had little inclination for business and developed a career as a writer and critic publishing in 1840 Past and Present Efforts for the Extinction of the African Slave Trade in which he argued that cotton, sugar and coffee could be grown more cheaply by free labour; and Elizabeth Greg (married to William Rathbone V) founded the first public wash-houses in the United Kingdom in the wake of the 1832 cholera epidemic, and later helped William Forster in formulating the 1870 Education Act.

Styal Cross (restored 2010)

Styal

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Village and civil parish on the River Bollin near Wilmslow, Cheshire, England.

Village and civil parish on the River Bollin near Wilmslow, Cheshire, England.

Styal Cross (restored 2010)
Altrincham Road in Styal
Quarry Bank Mill
Norcliffe Chapel, Styal Village

Samuel Greg died in 1834 and Quarry Bank Mill was taken over by his son, Robert Hyde Greg, who remained in charge for nearly 40 years and introduced a number of technological innovations.

Samuel Greg (junior)

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English industrialist and philanthropist.

English industrialist and philanthropist.

Born in Manchester, the son of the elder Samuel Greg, the creator of Quarry Bank Mill, he was brother to William Rathbone Greg and Robert Hyde Greg.

Norcliffe Hall

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Large house encompassing 20,254 square feet near the village of Styal, Cheshire, England.

Large house encompassing 20,254 square feet near the village of Styal, Cheshire, England.

It was built in 1831 for Robert Hyde Greg, the owner of Quarry Bank Mill, and designed by the Lichfield architect Thomas Johnson.