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The Mount

This fine country house was built by Philip Antrobus and passed on to Samuel Greg.

It was once called Gregs Hall in the 1951 census.

During the 19th century the house was known simply as Mount. I am not sure when it became The Mount although that is the name given by Herbert Greg in a letter (below) written on 20th January 1900 just as he was inheriting the estate from his niece Amy Greg. ‘Mr Turner’ was Mr Isaac Turner the head gardener. His grand-daughter the late Mary Houghton lived in Bollington Cross, and I am indebted to her for providing the letter below.

1841: Thomas Henshall lived at The Mount with his wife Ann, they were both aged forty years and Thomas was a farmer.

1851: Possibly Samuel Greg was resident at Mount, see below in 1861.

1861: The census says Samuel Greg was living at Mount when he was aged fifty nine years. Originally from Wilmslow Samuel is described as a Magistrate and land proprietor. His wife Mary aged fifty one years was from Nottingham. They had three daughters and one son age ranges ten to eighteen years, they were all born in Bollington. There were also two servants. Ten years earlier the family lived at Gregs Place, Bench Lane (Flash Lane) so this is probably the Mount. Twenty nine years previously they lived at Heath Farm which would be Turner Heath with a one year old child.

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1861: Agnes Greg was underneath Samuel Greg`s listing on the census as living at Mount house which is the same title as Samuel’s house. She was sixty four years old and described as a `Shareholder`. She lived with three servants and had two visitors on this day including her brother John Greg.

1871: Samuel Greg was now sixty six (he has lost three years!). He was still a Magistrate and a landowner. His wife has remained honest with her age and is therefore sixty one years old. Two daughters and a son still lived with them, age range twenty to thirty one years. The youngest was the son and he was a Clerk to a solicitor at this time.

1871: Again Agnes Greg follows on down the page on the census with the same name house. She now has seven servants and one visitor this day.

1881: Agnes Greg aged eighty five years was still at Mount with her family and servants. She died a spinster in 1884 and left £25,358 in her Will, a colossal amount then!

1881: Same page again was Mary Greg now a widow, and her family and servants.

1891: Mary Greg, wife of Samuel still lived at The Mount. She was now eighty one years old. She lived with her three spinster daughters aged between forty one and fifty one years and four servants. Also two Daughters in Law, Gertrude Greg and Alice Dowson and a grandson Gerard Dowson aged sixteen years.

1892: Kelly`s Directory just lists a Miss Greg living at the Mount. Not sure which daughter this was of the three, or possibly the Daughter in Law Gertrude, but most probably the spinster daughter Amy who died there in c.1900.

1896: Kelly`s Directory has Herbert Greg as registered here.

1901: Herbert Greg was still living at The Mount, he was fifty fours years of age, Macclesfield born and was a stock broker agent. His wife Gertrude was only forty five years old and from Bolton. They had two sons Osbert Manning Greg aged nine years and his brother Agnes Needham Greg aged seven years, they were both born in Bolton. They had a German governess and six servants.

1911: Bolton born Gertrude Greg is now head of The Mount aged forty five years. Listed as married but her husband was not home on this day. She had one son Osbert aged nineteen years also born in Bolton, five servants and one visitor.

1914: Herbert Greg is listed at The Mount in the Kelly`s Directory.

Isaac Turner’s gardens at The Mount below as painted by Amy Greg in about 1898.

In 1926 Mrs Victoria Hammond lived at The Mount.

In the 1930s and 40`s The Mount was occupied by Miles Kenneth Burrows who was born in 1888. Deputy Chairman, Managing Director and Secretary of Manchester Collieries Limited in 1947, and his wife Margaret who was born in 1889. Miles was also President of the Lancashire & Cheshire Coal Association. Also living at The Mount was Walter Burrows born in 1886 and listed in the 1939 census as a Regional Director Staff. Another member of the family, Sir Robert Burrows, lived nearby at Bonis Hall.

Today The Mount is a retirement care home. In the years from 2003 Pam & Tony Lawton worked very hard to restore various parts of the garden to the way they were before nature and a lack of care produced an overgrowth of foliage. They have opened up many of the features of this delightful garden.

Mount, 22nd March 2019

Acknowledgements

Our thanks go to those who researched and discovered the history that is presented in these pages. Please read the full acknowledgement of their remarkable achievement. Unless otherwise noted, the historical pictures are from the Civic Society picture collection at the  Discovery Centre  and also available online.

Our thanks go to Linda Stewart who has researched census information to present an interesting history of the house’s residents.

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