Happy memories

Happy memories

Above: Elaine asks about this wonderful photo of the Gunpowder Mill band which must have been taken in the early 1900s – or perhaps even the 1890s. Elaine writes to say; I have recently revisited Goyt Valley for the first time in over 30 years and will not leave...
Littering the valley

Littering the valley

Above: Andrew attached this photo of litter he collected from just a small area of the main carpark. Above: My own pet hate is discarded poop-bags of dog crap. I found this example on a recent visit. Why anyone would collect it in a bag and leave it on the ground is a...
Errwood Hall interior

Errwood Hall interior

Above: This is the only photo I’ve managed to find showing the interior of Errwood Hall (click to enlarge). This is the family’s Roman Catholic Chapel which was situated at the top of the three-storey tower. It’s said that a lamp was kept permanently...
1930s Goyt Valley photos

1930s Goyt Valley photos

Above: Mark’s father pictured in the early 1930s – in front of the packhorse bridge at Goyt’s Bridge. One of the joys of creating this website is when people send me messages like the following… Mark writes: “I was going through some...
Happy memories

The ‘blacked-up’ band

There’s a photo on my contact page showing the Chilworth Gunpowder Works Band from Fernilee with blackened faces – like the Black and White Minstrel Show I remember on TV back in the ’60s and ’70s. I asked whether anyone had any ideas what the...
Is this Goyt’s Bridge?

Is this Goyt’s Bridge?

Above: Click to enlarge. Cathy emailed all the way from Australia to say: “I have an old photo from 1930. I can’t remember where I picked it up. I was taking it out to re-frame as it was falling apart when I just thought I would check and see exactly what...
The Gaskells of Ingersley Hall

The Gaskells of Ingersley Hall

Above: Francis Gaskell (third from left), was Margaret Elizabeth Grimshawe’s son, and a regular visitor to Errwood Hall. Bridget Franklin writes: I live in Rainow and have been researching the Gaskells of Ingersley Hall for some time. Although the family has not...
Errwood Hall gamekeeper

Errwood Hall gamekeeper

Mel Rogerson writes: Thanks for compiling such a wonderful website. I’ve recently discovered that one of my ancestors was a gamekeeper at Errwood Hall throughout the 1800s and wondered whether you have the dates for the staff photos? Many thanks – Mel....
Shining Tor to Pym Chair

Shining Tor to Pym Chair

John writes: Thank you for your excellent web site. Today I walked up to Shining Tor, down and along the valley back to Pym Chair. It is a beautiful area with spectacular scenery and I tried to imagine it as it was before the reservoirs were constructed and the pine...
Cycling through the Goyt

Cycling through the Goyt

Peter Jourdain writes: I found your lovely website and youtube videos on the Goyt Valley after having searched on the web. I am an American, and have never been to the Goyt, but am a cyclist and cycling historian, with a primary emphasis on the golden era of British...