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A Lady of Cotton: Hannah Greg, Mistress of Quarry Bank Mill
on 31 October 2014
I bought this book after watching a programme about Quarry Bank Mill with Tony Robinson. The book is based on the diaries of Hannah Greg who was married to the mill owner Samuel Greg. It is a fascinating insight into the life of Hannah who did much to help the poor as well as help her husband run the mill which was a very successful business and raise her family. The period of the last decade of the 1700's and first decade of the 1800's and the anxieties and fears were not so different from present day. Napoleon was a big concern then. The new technology of water and steam power was putting many hand loom workers out of a job which could mean homelessness and even starvation. Hannah wanted reform and a better government, she despised the Tories even then. If you like social history and the story of a remarkable woman of conviction to better the lot of the poor (she funded soup kitchens and provided schooling for the young mill apprentices mostly from her own money) then you will enjoy this informative book.