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Quarry Bank Mill........... The machinery (3)

By PhilT2
Samuel Greg leased land at Quarrell 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 to spin cotton. When Greg retired in 1832 it was the largest such business in the United Kingdom. Greg's son, Robert Hyde Greg, took over the business, he introduced weaving. Samuel Greg died in 1834.
The mill's iron water wheel, the fourth to be installed, was designed by Thomas Hewes and built between 1816 and 1820. Overhead shafts above the machines were attached to the water wheel. When the wheel turned, the motion moved the belt and powered the machinery. A beam engine and a horizontal steam engine were subsequently installed to supplement the power. The Hewes wheel broke in 1904 but the River Bollin continued to power the mill through two water turbines. The mill owners bought a Boulton and Watt steam engine in 1810 and a few years later purchased another because the river's water level was low in summer and could interrupt production of cloth during some years.

If that didn't bore you then the pictures certainly will GrinGrinGrin

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Comments


CaroleS Plus
10 442 3 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2019 4:00PM
A very interesting set, well captured and put together.
Carole
25 Jun 2019 4:06PM
Excellent well detailed set Phil,
Fred.
25 Jun 2019 4:17PM
Excellent series of interesting images very well composed and presented.

Lory Smile
mac Plus
18 8 Scotland
25 Jun 2019 4:53PM
You can imagine the noise when they are all working. Quite an interesting set showing in great details the workings of the mill plus the notes makes it even more interesting.
Ian
Great detail and very well exposed.
25 Jun 2019 4:54PM
Excellent set
25 Jun 2019 5:09PM
Superb set of mill captures, Phil.
The lead & v8 are my favesSmileSmile
Tooma Plus
4 2.1k 3 Scotland
25 Jun 2019 5:10PM
A fine set of images, Phil. Smile
taggart Plus
16 47 14 United States
25 Jun 2019 6:02PM
A great image and text referring to material culture!
davyskid 3 2 Scotland
25 Jun 2019 8:03PM
Great set well presented Phil SmileSmileSmile
Davy
pamelajean Plus
14 1.4k 2155 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2019 9:22PM
Certainly not boring! Reminds me of Whitchurch Silk Mill, which I have visited several times.
I like the movement you captured in the lead image, and the details in all of the machinery is fascinating, but I particularly like Version 8 with all of those spools.
RSK 10 6 Canada
26 Jun 2019 6:23AM
Excellent presentation of this mills machinery,first rate photography.

Regards,

Ron
Canonshots 9 203 13 United Kingdom
26 Jun 2019 12:13PM

Quote:Certainly not boring! Reminds me of Whitchurch Silk Mill, which I have visited several times.
I like the movement you captured in the lead image, and the details in all of the machinery is fascinating, but I particularly like Version 8 with all of those spools.



Reminds me of Strutt's mill in Belper. Nothing boring about any of this.
Really interesting history and I love the image too anything mechanical interests me

Carole
Fefe Plus
8 50 34 United Kingdom
26 Jun 2019 5:27PM
Fabulous well detailed set!
Diane
dales Plus
4 11 Australia
27 Jun 2019 11:12AM
Stunning captures of the amazing equipment in what must have been an extremely busy workplace Phil , terrific work !!
Ian

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