This website introduces Hannah Greg, a notable and overlooked woman at the heart of the Industrial Revolution.

Not yet as widely known as she deserves, she was a key figure in Quarry Bank Mill, at Styal. This eighteenth-century cotton spinning mill and factory community several miles south of Manchester was one of the earliest and is now one of the best preserved. It is remembered for the care and education that the apprentice children and mill workers were given after their long working days.

It was Hannah Greg, the mill master's wife, who took the mill workers under her wing. She was a caring, compassionate, reforming woman. With her educated, literate and independent mind, she became an influential woman in a man's world.

She left a legacy that is only now being rediscovered. On this website you can see more about:

  • Quarry Bank Mill and Hannah Greg's achievements there,

  • two books that I have written about Hannah:

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  • and the early Diary of Hannah Lightbody -

  • Hannah's reading, writing, her children and other facets of her life and legacy,

  • the National Trust's conservation and presentation of Quarry Bank Mill and the Styal factory community and its history.

David Sekers


A Toast for Burns Night: a short presentation recalling one of the poet’s early admirers.

Hannah  was introduced to the poetry of Burns by his first biographer, Dr James Currie, a man who should be remembered on Burns night. 

An ancient and once independent nation’: the insight of James Currie, Burns' first biographer is a toast for this occasion.

It was Currie, Hannah’s close friend, who first saw Burns as a romantic symbol to remind the numerous  Scots dispersed round the world of their homeland, and of its stirring qualities which they shared.

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Hannah Greg

Hannah Greg

Hannah Greg (1766-1828)

Styal Village

Styal Village