Above: The photograph of the ladies would have been taken from close to the packhorse bridge, looking down the lane which led to the larger bridge over the Goyt.
I’ve just come across a couple of wonderful photographs taken in the Goyt Valley (click either image to enlarge). They’re described as ‘antique magic-lantern slides’ measuring 3.25 x 3.25 inches and dating to the 1920s.
One shows a group of ladies at the stepping stones in Goyt’s Bridge, with Errwood Cottage in the background. Those stones look fairly precarious at the best of times, and I can’t think they’d be easy to cross in long dresses and what looks like high-heels.
The other slide shows a group of children playing in what’s described as ‘Goyt Valley Woods’. I’d guess they were both taken at the same time.
I must admit that I’ve dipped into my increasingly threadbare pockets to buy the one of the ladies at Goyt’s Bridge. But I couldn’t justify the cost of both slides!