Fernilee: a video history

Fernilee: a video history

Above: Joe and Prudence Hibbert feature in the video. They lived at Bunsal Farm and were the last family to leave the valley. I’ve just posted another Goyt Valley video on YouTube – on the history of Fernilee Reservoir. It’s less than 10-minutes...
A postcard history

A postcard history

Above: This postcard showing a group of children beside the gate leading into Goytclough, with a carriage full of tourists in the background, is one of my favourites. It’s something I’ve been meaning to do for ages – create a video of the valley...
A summer’s day walk

A summer’s day walk

Above: It seems a long time since I photographed this walk. It was one of those rare days of full sun and clear skies that makes the valley such a very special place. As I write, snow has started to fall outside my window. And the forecast is for another seven...
A chilled stroll to the valley

A chilled stroll to the valley

Above: The walk starts from beside Buxton’s famous Opera House, before heading across to the ancient packhorse bridge which now spans the Goyt, and once stood in the heart of Goyt’s Bridge, before the hamlet was submerged beneath the waters of Errwood...
Goyt’s Bridge video

Goyt’s Bridge video

Above: This suave gentleman features in the video (click to enlarge). He is Captain Preston, who married the younger Grimshawe sister, Genevieve, in 1891. He’s pictured on the steps leading up to the family’s hill-top cemetery – which is where he now...
Goyt’s Bridge to music

Goyt’s Bridge to music

This short video of Goyt’s Bridge is taken from the longer 1932 cine film (click to view original). As well as editing it down, I’ve also added some background music. The clip shows views around the stepping stones and...
Fernilee Reservoir inauguration

Fernilee Reservoir inauguration

This 1932 silent film records the Inauguration ceremony for the start of construction of Fernilee Reservoir, with Stockport Corporation big-wigs standing apart from the navvies, shown above in their make-shift pub. There’s some wonderful footage of...
Goyt’s Bridge to music

Goyt’s Bridge before the flood

This silent film was one of two taken in 1932, during the construction of Fernilee Reservoir. Click the image on the right to open it on YouTube. And then click the expand logo (bottom right) to view it in full screen. It shows the picturesque, southern part of...