Over the hills

Over the hills

Above: Ladmanlow goods yard pictured in 1932, looking north from the A53 Leek Road. This is likely to have been the ‘Park Gates’ the writer describes.  Passengers were not allowed following a fatal accident in 1877. The yard finally closed in 1954....
To the gunpowder mill

To the gunpowder mill

Above: The twin stone gateposts and a screengrab from the ViewRanger app showing where they stand. It’s quite probably a sad reflection on me, but I find old stone gateposts intriguing. Especially when they stand alone in the landscape, with no connecting fences...
Ladmanlow station

Ladmanlow station

Above: Whatever remains of Ladmanlow Station now lies behind these gates. I’ll maybe knock on their door once the virus has passed to ask if they’ll let me take a closer look. I’ve long been fascinated by the history of the 33-mile Cromford...
Issue Tor Quarry

Issue Tor Quarry

Above: The quarry is quite a magical place, with trees and large boulders covered in thick litchen. Above: The quarry in 1933 (click to enlarge). There are more photos on the Whaley Bridge local history website. A few people on the Goyt Valley Facebook Group have...
Colliery: then & now

Colliery: then & now

Above: A small stile from the Old Macclesfield Road, just on the outskirts of Burbage, leads down to the site of what was once a busy colliery. The inset map dates back to the late 1890s and shows the colliery was already disused at this time. I find it fascinating to...
Goyt colliery

Goyt colliery

Above: It’s difficult to imagine today, but this area was once a busy drift-mining colliery. Coal was unloaded from small canal boats at the head of a drift tunnel in the hillside, just a short distance from this bridge, and loaded onto railway wagons, as...
Goyt’s Moss mines

Goyt’s Moss mines

Above: The best place to see evidence of coal mining around Goyt’s Moss is from a lay-by beside the A54, heading west from Buxton, just before the junction to Congleton. There’s a sign beside a stile warning walkers to take care, but the...
Coal mining in the Goyt

Coal mining in the Goyt

Above: I’ve often wondered about these dark deposits on the exposed hillside beside the road from the Cat & Fiddle to Derbyshire Bridge. It certainly looks like coal, but if it is, why hasn’t anyone carted it away to warm their homes in this exposed...
Goytsclough postcard #2

Goytsclough postcard #2

Above: The photo was taken from the slopes surrounding Goytsclough Quarry, looking south along the road to Derbyshire Bridge.The River Goyt runs along the valley to the left. A mill lade flowing from the river along the hillside supplied water to the giant waterwheel....
Goytsclough postcard #1

Goytsclough postcard #1

Above: The circled area of the postcard includes the ruins of the paint mill, as well as Goytsclough Farm high on the hillside, and the paint mill cottages. Zooming into the ruins of the mill seems to show an area of stone walling which I think may have housed...