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Cat & Fiddle: a brief history

Cat & Fiddle: a brief history

TV and radio historian Michala Hulme charts the intriguing fortunes of the famous Cat & Fiddle Inn, perched high on windswept moorland, close to the source of the River Goyt.

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Errwood Hall cellars

Errwood Hall cellars

A recently discovered photo taken in 1988 shows a young boy peering into a hole in the centre of the Errwood Hall ruins. I wonder whether it might be the entrance to the cellars.

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Three new old photos

Three new old photos

Three old photos recently popped up on ebay, captioned ‘Goyt Valley 1950s’. But where were they taken, and was the date correct? There’s only one man who knows the answer…

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Joseph Oyarzabel?

Joseph Oyarzabel?

Two new photos said to be of Joseph Oyarzabel – son of Samuel Grimshawe’s butler – pose more questions than answers. Any help to discover the facts would be appreciated.

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Bringing the ruins to life

Bringing the ruins to life

A virtual reality app designed to bring the ruins of Errwood Hall back to life is an exciting project. But you have to wonder what Samuel Grimshawe would have made of it.

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Rare photo discovered

Rare photo discovered

A fairly dull and faded photo of a well-dressed dining table is only the second image that’s come to light taken inside Errwood Hall. So it has a lot of historical interest and value.

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The Heathers

The Heathers

Gunpowder Mill worker, Allen Heather, and his wife Annie, had four sons and five daughters. All of them went to Goyt’s Bridge School. And one paid the ultimate sacrifice during WW1.

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Three lost homes

Three lost homes

I’ve made a start at adding the final three houses to the the list of those demolished in the 1930s, following the purchase of the Errwood Estate by Stockport Corporation to build the twin reservoirs.

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The Braddocks

The Braddocks

One of the graves at the Grimshawe’s hill-top cemetery has always intrigued me. Elizabeth Braddock was just 19 when she died. She must have earned a special place in the hearts of the Grimshawe sisters.

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Rewilding the valley

Rewilding the valley

It’s now a year since the Forestry Commission started cutting down great swathes of larch in the valley. It opened up some wonderful views, but it doesn’t seem they will last long.

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Fencing the valley

Fencing the valley

The mystery over the fencing that appeared along the old railway track seems to have been solved. A display board explains that it’s part of a scheme to reintroduce sheep.

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Footpath closures

Footpath closures

The Forestry Commission has begun the second phase of tree felling in the valley to tackle the outbreak of phytofra, this time to the west and south of Errwood Reservoir.

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Lost shelter or shrine?

Lost shelter or shrine?

Could some large niches carved into a small area of exposed rock opposite Errwood Hall be evidence of a shelter – or perhaps even a shrine used by the staunchly catholic Grimshawes?

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Pictures in colour

Pictures in colour

I recently came across a book called ‘Pictures in Colour of Buxton and the Peak District’. Published in the early 1900s, it includes three photos taken in and around the Goyt Valley.

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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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