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Zooming through time

Zooming through time

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.

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GV walks on OutdoorActive

GV walks on OutdoorActive

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.

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Buxton to Burbage Edge walk

Buxton to Burbage Edge walk

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.

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Packhorse bridge closed

Packhorse bridge closed

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.

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Errwood lime kiln

Errwood lime kiln

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.

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Tunstead Dickie’s skull

Tunstead Dickie’s skull

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.

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Joe Brown’s Numbers

Joe Brown’s Numbers

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’.

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‘Goyt Valley Story’ pdf

‘Goyt Valley Story’ pdf

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.

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Found starved to death

Found starved to death

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’.

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‘Goyt Valley Romance’ pdf

‘Goyt Valley Romance’ pdf

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.

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Wildside valley walk

Wildside valley walk

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!

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Taxal Church memorial

Taxal Church memorial

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?

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The shooting party

The shooting party

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.

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Fernilee construction gallery

Fernilee construction gallery

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.

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Searching this site

Searching this site

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.

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Powder Mill Bridge

Powder Mill 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.

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Protect the rhododendrons

Protect the rhododendrons

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.

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Shawstile holloway

Shawstile holloway

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.

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Fernilee footpath reopened

Fernilee footpath reopened

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.

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ebay postcard gallery

ebay postcard gallery

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.

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Clearing the views

Clearing the views

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.

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The ‘loveliest drive’

The ‘loveliest drive’

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.

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Farming in the valley

Farming in the valley

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.

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Fernilee: a video history

Fernilee: a video history

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.

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