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A recording of a recent 40-minute Zoom presentation on the history of the Goyt Valley using some of the many photos and maps I’ve managed to collect over the years for this website.
My favourite walking app, ViewRanger, is being taken over by a new one – OutdoorActive. I’ve transferred all the Goyt Valley walks over, so I’m hoping it’s as reliable as the old app.
Starting from Buxton’s famous Crescent, this walk passes through both the Pavilion Gardens and Serpentine Walks before rising up to Burbage Edge, along the southeast border of the Goyt Valley.
It’s sad to see that the picturesque packhorse bridge at Goytsclough has been closed due to some of the stonework collapsing into the Goyt. I’m hoping United Utilities don’t take long to repair it.
It’s easy to miss this lime kiln, near the southern tip of Errwood Reservoir. Coal from a nearby pit fired the kiln, reducing limestone to lime, which was used both as a fertiliser and to make mortar.
The mystery of Tunstead Dickie’s skull, as told by Clifford Rathbone in 1955. This mysterious artefact, accredited with ghostly properties, seems to have completely vanished.
Joe Brown died last year, acknowledged as one of Britain’s finest mountaineers. In the early ’60s Joe created an orienteering course in and around the Goyt Valley, known as ‘Joe Brown’s Numbers’.
Clifford Rathbone’s ‘Goyt Valley Story’ was first published in 1955 as a collection of articles written for the Macclesfield Express. The complete book is now available to read in full as a pdf.
The sad story of how Robert Edge, a worker at Goytsclough Paint Mill, came to lose his life on his way home from Buxton in 1860. The coroner recorded a verdict of ‘Died from the inclemency of the weather’.
For anyone who’s tried in vain to track down Gerald Hancock’s ‘Goyt Valley Romance’, it’s now available to read in full on this website. Along with his slightly shorter first edition.
Professional photographer Neil O’Connor has just posted a stunning video of a Goyt Valley walk from Pym Chair on YouTube. Just a pity about the grey-haired bloke that appears about half way through!
A memorial to Anne and Samuel Grimshawe in Taxal Church poses some interesting questions. Had their son and daughter fallen out over Samuel’s conversion to Catholicism?
Fredrick Upton Gaskell was Samuel Grimshawe’s nephew, and appears in this series of four photos of an annual shooting party taken near Errwood Cottage during the 1880s.
A new photo gallery records the construction of Fernilee Reservoir through to its opening in 1937 and includes some fascinating detail – from navvies in their pub to small steam engines.
Topic tags should make searching for information on this website a lot easier, now that there are over 250 posts, covering everything from coal mining to the suspension bridge.
A recently discovered photo shows the Powder Mill Bridge which now lies under Fernilee Reservoir. It would have been an important crossing point over the Goyt for local workers and families.
The recent news that the Forestry Commission will be removing what remains of the rhododendrons around the ruins of Errwood Hall is a great shame. But I’m not sure what we can do about it.
The felling of the fir trees above Fernilee has opened up some wonderful views across the valley. I was curious about some tracks running up from the path along the opposite side of the reservoir.
Great to see the footpath along the western shore of Fernilee has finally reopened. And the clearing of large swathes of densely-packed fir trees has revealed some well-hidden features.
I’ve added a new image gallery to the website, showing some of the old postcard views of the Goyt Valley that regularly pop up on ebay. It makes a fascinating visual record of this wonderfully scenic spot.
What a wonderful transformation the tree-felling has made to the views across Fernilee Reservoir. I think it’s the best thing that’s happened in the valley for a very long time.
I managed to solve the question of whether the road from Goyt’s Bridge to Fernilee went through the gunpowder mill. But posed another with a photo of the mill entrance that just doesn’t seem right.
Bill Brocklehurst has lived and farmed in and around the Goyt Valley for most of his life. A recently published book includes a brief profile of a man who knows the land like the back of his hand.
Just uploaded to YouTube – a brief history of the construction of Fernilee Reservoir, including film of the 1932 inauguration ceremony, the gunpowder mill, suspension bridge and lost farmhouses.