Goyt Recollections part III

Goyt Recollections part III

Above: The packhorse bridge with the stepping stones just visible over the Goyt after the surrounding farm houses and barns had been demolished, probably taken in the 1940s. The bridge would be saved and rebuilt further upstream in 1965, just before this part of the...
Goyt Recollections part II

Goyt Recollections part II

Above: The hamlet of Goyt’s Bridge which now lies under the waters of Errwood Reservoir. I’ve circled Errwood Hall in the distance. The large barn mentioned by Crichton may be the one at far right. I’m not sure when the photo was taken...
Goyt Recollections part I

Goyt Recollections part I

Above: A postcard view of the Cat & Fiddle that looks like it could have been taken in the 1950s – when Crichton published his book. I’ve circled the famous cat and fiddle carving which in those days lay above the door. Today it’s incorporated...
A ghostly encounter

A ghostly encounter

Above: Published in 1963, ‘Portrait of Peakland’ was one of many books written by Crichton Porteous on Derbyshire and the Peak District. This extract includes a ghostly apparition seen by two Errwood Hall maids in 1914. I wonder whether either of the two...
A most romantic location

A most romantic location

Above: The entry for Errwood Hall is headed by this fine photo, probably taken in the 1920s. This description of Errwood Hall is taken from a popular coffee-table book, The Derbyshire Country House, by Maxwell Craven and Michael Stanley. There are a few facts that...
Pictures in colour

Pictures in colour

Above: The caption under the photo of Goyts Bridge mentions a ‘very pretty old mill’. I don’t think there was a mill in Goyt’s Bridge, so it must have been the one at Goytsbridge. This closed in 1890, so it must have been derelict at the time....
Tunstead Dickie’s skull

Tunstead Dickie’s skull

Above: A photo of Dickie’s skull from Clifford’s book. I hadn’t heard of the legend of Tunstead Dickie’s skull before reading Clifford Rathbone’s ‘Goyt Valley Story’; a collection of articles he wrote for the Macclesfield...
‘Goyt Valley Story’ pdf

‘Goyt Valley Story’ pdf

Above: Clifford pictured on the path leading to the ruins of Errwood Hall in 1955. Many thanks to Willow Publishing for allowing me to post a pdf version of Clifford Rathbone’s ‘Goyt Valley Story’ on the site. First published in 1955, the booklet...
‘Goyt Valley Romance’ pdf

‘Goyt Valley Romance’ pdf

Above: Goyt Valley Romance was self-published by Gerald (below). Gerald Hancock’s ‘Goyt Valley Romance’ was the inspiration for my launching this website back in 2012. He sadly died some years ago, and was in the later stages of his illness when we...
Farming in the valley

Farming in the valley

Above: Bill’s Dad shepherds a few sheep through the construction site at Fernilee in 1932. Above: Bill pictured with a lamb at Oldfield Farm in 1953. Above: Edited by Christine Gregory and Sheila Hine, ‘The Land That Made Us’ was published earlier...