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Henry Philips Greg

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Henry Philips Greg (1865–1936), industrialist

1865 born at Lode Hill, Styal, Cheshire, on 13 August the only son of Henry Russell Greg (1832–1894) and his wife Emily née Gair.

1898 he married Jane Emily Diblee. They had one son and four daughters.

1887 Began work at Albert Mill, Reddish, which had been built by his grandfather, Robert Hyde Greg.

1856 Robert Hyde Greg was joined in partnership by his third son, Henry Russell Greg.

1876 On Robert Hyde Greg's death, H. R. Greg took control, in partnership with Charles Sharpe Parker.

1894 On Henry Russell Greg's death, Henry Philips Greg became sole partner in R. Greg and Co of Reddish. He expanded and modernized the mill, shifting production towards fancy yarns used in upholstery, and replaced flyer throstles and mule spindles with ring spindles. These moves later ensured the mill's competitive success in the 1920s and 1930s.

1904 On behalf of Ashton Brothers Ltd (of which he became chairman in 1907), he visited he the USA and arranged for 500 automatic looms to be imported. As a result the British Northrop Loom Co was established, and Greg became its chairman.

Instrumental in establishing the British Cotton Industry Research Association. I

Involved in setting up the research laboratories at the Shirley Institute at Didsbury, Manchester.

When Quarry Bank Mill (his cousin Edward Hyde Greg's mill) was being run down, he tried to revitalize the community by setting up the Village Club.

1936 Died at Styal

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  • Biography of Henry Philips Greg, ODNB [1]