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National Trust remedial work completion

August 2012

Completion of an inspection and remedial repairs to a grade 1 listed chimney situated in one of Britain’s greatest Industrial Heritage Sites.

The chimney which is an iconic landmark in the area was built in 1784 to service the boilerhouse at one of the earliest cotton mills in the region. Samuel Greg, the Mill's founder, gained experience and contacts in the textile trade whilst working for his uncles' merchant-manufacturing business from 1778, inheriting the company 4 years later. He built the Mill as a water powered cotton spinning mill in 1784, continuing to manage its affairs until his death in 1834. The Mill underwent considerable development, with more machinery and waterwheels added, and a steam engine installed. He learnt to appreciate the value in looking after his workforce. He was a speculative businessman who made a considerable fortune from his activities.

The repairs carried out to an exacting standard under the watchful eye of the National Trust will extend the life of the chimney for many years to come.

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