A birds’ eye view

A birds’ eye view

I’ve taken a look at the drone on the maker’s website and it does look fairly idiot-proof. Which it would need to be if I’m not to drop such an expensive bit of kit in the middle of Errwood Reservoir! With Christmas fast approaching, I thought it...
Goyt’s Bridge video

Goyt’s Bridge video

Above: This suave gentleman features in the video (click to enlarge). He is Captain Preston, who married the younger Grimshawe sister, Genevieve, in 1891. He’s pictured on the steps leading up to the family’s hill-top cemetery – which is where he now...
Errwood Hall bridge

Errwood Hall bridge

Above: Phillida being made ‘Lady of the May’. The poem was first performed for Elizabeth I in 1591. Something I read in Strephon’s 1880 report of a visit to Errwood Hall caught my eye. He describes the walk down from the Grimshawe’s...
Killing at Errwood Hall

Killing at Errwood Hall

Above: The Braddock brothers were gamekeepers on the Errwood estate in the early 1900s.  I wouldn’t have fancied any burglar’s chances faced with these two with their shotguns and gun dogs! Mike has sent me another press clipping...
The last of the Grimshawes

The last of the Grimshawes

Above: The two Grimshawe sisters, Mary and Genevieve (I’m not sure which is which), pictured in the doorway of Fernilee Village Hall after they had opened it on 4th December 1926. It was only a few weeks after the death of Mary Gosselin-Grimshawe (above) in 1930...
Ghostly goings-on at the Hall

Ghostly goings-on at the Hall

Above: The grave of Irma Niorthe is at the back, on the left. Click here for more information on this small, hilltop graveyard. I’ve heard a few tales about ghostly goings-on amongst the ruins of Errwood Hall. Of strange noises in the wind...
Life below stairs

Life below stairs

Above: I think this photo was taken outside the tea room at Goytshead Farm, in the centre of Goyt;’s Bridge. According to Gerald Hancock in his small book, Goyt Valley Romance, it shows the French chef from Errwood Hall at far left, alongside three...
Errwood Hall party (1895)

Errwood Hall party (1895)

Above: Servants and staff pictured on the drive, outside Errwood Hall. Many would have been at the party described here. The only faces I can identify so far are Mr Wiles the Butler (far left), and his wife, the Housekeeper (seated at front). Errwood Estate Agent, Mr...
Visiting Errwood Hall in 1883

Visiting Errwood Hall in 1883

Exploring the ruins of Errwood Hall and wandering across the foundations of the various rooms, you can’t help thinking about the people who once lived within its walls, and trying to imagine the world they lived in. Errwood Hall lasted less than 100 years...
The Grimshawe family

The Grimshawe family

Above: Unfortunately I haven’t been able to find any images of Samuel Grimshawe. His two daughters, Mary and Genevieve, are pictured above standing either side of the Queen of Spain. Mary (far right) was the last of the Grimshawes. She died in 1930. Much of the...