Protect the rhododendrons

Protect the rhododendrons

Above: I took this photo in May 2018, some 18 months after the FC started clearing the rhododendrons around Errwood Hall . I was hoping they’d be allowed to regrow. But that’s not going to be the case. The recent news that the Forestry Commission will be...
Errwood Hall drive

Errwood Hall drive

Above: I’m still not 100% sure, but I think the orange circle on the old map shows the view. The solid parallel lines show Shooters’ Clough stream. My thanks to Angela for allowing me to scan a rare postcard from her collection that I’d never seen...
Young lady drivers

Young lady drivers

Above: Gerald thought these two ladies were maids from Errwood Hall.  This photo of two young ladies posing in a car outside Errwood Hall has always intrigued me. Were they a couple of servants from the hall? Or perhaps friends of the Grimshawe...
Whispers of the gods

Whispers of the gods

Above: A typically picturesque view along the River Goyt before the construction of the twin reservoirs – all now under water. My thanks to Gail for sending this article which appeared in the Liverpool Echo of 6th February 1937, just a few months before the...
Grimshawe vault sealed

Grimshawe vault sealed

Above: The Grimshawes’ family cemetery lies above the ruins of their grand country house, Errwood Hall. At one time there was a building to the left, with a vault below, which would have held the coffins of family members (above left). And it...
Buried treasure!

Buried treasure!

Above: Errwood Hall pictured in its prime. The Grimshawes were certainly a very weatlthy family. So perhaps it’s not surprising that there were rumours of buried treasure! My thanks to R. S-S from the Whaley Bridge Local History Forum for this wonderful...
Samuel’s pseudo bishop

Samuel’s pseudo bishop

Above: The Grimshawe’s Catholic chapel was housed in the top floor turret at Errwood Hall. A light kept burning throughout the night was said to be visible throughout the valley. Above: Click to enlarge the press clipping. My thanks to Mike for sending this...
John & Hannah Butler

John & Hannah Butler

Above: Captain John Butler and his wife, Hannah, are buried beneath a stone cross – the central one of the three shown here – in the Grimshawe family’s hill-top cemetery, above the ruins of Errwood Hall. Above: The inscription is now becoming hidden...
New valley panorama

New valley panorama

Above: A wonderful view of the now-drowned hamlet of Goyt’s Bridge, taken from close to the Bunsal Incline. Errwood Cottage is in the centre, with Errwood Hall just visible in the distance. I’ve managed to obtain a photo I’d never seen before,...
Discovered; a lovers’ walk

Discovered; a lovers’ walk

Below: The old and new views match up exactly. Click either photo to enlarge. In October last year Michael kindly allowed me to scan his wonderful collection of old Goyt Valley postcards. One in particular caught my eye. It wasn’t the most picturesque...