Samuel Greg. He pioneered the factory movement in the UK and was considered to be fairly benevolent to his workforce, but conditions were still horrific. Like Salts Mill in Saltaire, it must have been better for the workers to live out here in the countryside than suffer the awful conditions in the city.
.We also had time to have a quick wander around nearby Wilmslow which is a very affluent town - home to many northern celebrities and Manchester footballers. The estate agents windows are always a bit of a laugh - 6.5 million pounds was not the highest price we saw either!