I’m not 100% sure, but I think the inset photo shows Moss House; one of four homes on this short stretch of bleak and windswept road. The roofline and chimneys certainly seem to match.
I don’t have more photos or information on any these houses, beyond their names on a map (see left). Marchington Farm is on the far left, then Moss House (cycled), Moss Hall (in the dip), and finally Goyt’s Moss Farm.
There’s very little left of any of these houses, beyond a few dressed stones lying scattered on the ground, fast vanishing beneath the moorland vegetation. Although there is now a Peak District Rangers’ hut where Goyt’s Moss Farm once stood, with a small car park alongside.
A look at the old OS map shows there was once a number of coal pits around here. And this may well be the reason why four relatively substantial, stone-built houses once stood here, providing shelter and accommodation for the miners and their families.
My thanks to Mike for providing the census records below.
Esme has just sent this photo of Moss House (click to enlarge):
“My Mother was born in this house in 1901. Later on, four more siblings were born here. Then some years later the family moved to Hill Top Farm in Flash. My Great Grandmother, Mary Palfreyman, a widower was in residence at Goyts Moss Farm in 1901 which she farmed and was head of the house.
On the day the 1901 cenus was taken, my Grandmother, Sarah Annie Palfreyman, was visiting her mother, Mary. Also in residence was Mary’s Grandaughter and a farm hand.
Sarah Annie was then pregnant with my Mother. She and her husband then moved into Moss House where my Mother was born. I hope this is of some interest to you who have connections with the lovely Goyts Moss and Valley.
|Surname||First name||Born||Relationship||Occupation||Birth place|
|1841 Census (Moss House)|
|1871 Census (Goyts Moss)|
|1871 Census (Old Moss House)|
|1911 Census (Old Moss House)|
|Swindells||Eliza Ann||Wife||New Mills|