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...
Goyt Valley booklet

Goyt Valley booklet

Above: Roly Smith was formerly Head of Information Services for the Peak District National Park, when he was known as “Mr Peak District.” He is the author of over 90 books on the British countryside, vice-president of the Outdoor Writers’ and Photographers’ Guild, and...
Goyt Valley Story #1

Goyt Valley Story #1

Clifford Rathbone’s ‘Goyt Valley Story’ has been out of print for many years. But the current copyright holders, Willow Publishing, have kindly granted permission to publish the first chapter here. The book contains a series of articles written by...
The mushroom cloud

The mushroom cloud

Above: The gunpowder mill once employed around 100 men. Today the ruins lie beneath the northern end of Fernilee Reservoir. Joyce published the 56-page, A5 booklet in 1996. For a signed copy, send a cheque for £8 made out to J Winfield, 13 Jodrell Meadow, Whaley...
The John Turner Stone

The John Turner Stone

Above: Photo by Simon Butler. Above: The reverse of the stone (click to enlarge). Just who was the lady who left a frozen footprint in the snow beside the dead body? (Photo Dr. Tony Shaw.) Above: A wonderful woodcut illustration of Saltersford Hall Farm by Howard...
Castedge Coal Mine

Castedge Coal Mine

Above: Castedge  Mine Manager, Jack Hewitt, pictured in 1922 sitting on one of the coal tubs with his daughter Phyllis. Jack’s wife, Mary stands beside him, with the small mine entrance behind. Information on Castedge Coal Mine is taken from Kevin...
The Moon of Gomrath

The Moon of Gomrath

Above: An illustration from Alan Garner’s book, The Moon of Gomrath. I’ve just received an email from Emma who lives in Ontario, Canada saying how much she enjoyed the YouTube clip of the Errwood Hall walk. She’d come across it after reading a book...