Richard Wright was a Bollington grocer and corn merchant in the
late 19th and early 20thC. He also operated Prestbury corn mill,
one of the last in the area. Unusually, after his death, his executors,
sons Clifford and Leslie, continued the business in the name of
Exors of Richard Wright. It would be more usual today to continue
in its original name but with new proprietors.
Richard Wright and his wife Martha Ann. Martha Ann, nee
Wright, lived for over 100 years, 1868-1969. Richard
and Martha Ann married at Bollington Wesleyan Methodist church
on 18 October 1893. Richard died in February 1926.
Richar and Martha Ann had a grocery shop at 13-15 Shrigley
Road, as well as the Prestbury corn mill.
Martha Ann's mother was lady's maid to Miss Agnes Greg,
sister of Samuel Greg of the Mount, at her house in Lowerhouse
in the 1860s.
Read more about this fascinating story in Voices
From The Past by Jean M Wright, 2005, available from
More on the Greg family.
|In January 1929 the proprietors bought the very latest in
road transport - a Thornycroft 2 ton hinged sided lorry, type
'A2' Subsidy, with a 25/40hp engine. This description comes
from the back of the manufacturer's file photograph of the
vehicle, reproduced here.
Prestbury corn mill suffered a devastating fire on 29th March
1940 and was largely destroyed. A number of photographs were
taken of this event and they can be seen in the Discovery
Most noticable is that the fire was fought entirely by the
workforce without the aid of any fire brigade.
The mill was rebuilt. Clifford Wright died in August 1940
and brother Leslie carried on the business until he sold
it to Hamlyns in November 1946.