Shawstile holloway

Shawstile holloway

Above: This view across the reservoir has only opened up since the felling of the fir trees. I’ve circled the junction of the twin tracks, with the ancient holloway running up the slope on the right. The recent felling of the fir trees on the western slopes...
The Hollows update

The Hollows update

Above: Work started on Fernilee Reservoir in 1932 and was completed in 1937. I’d guess this photo showing The Hollows still standing in the midst of the construction site would have been taken around 1934. Above: I’ve circled The Hollows, and shown where I...
Tracing ‘The Hollows’

Tracing ‘The Hollows’

Above: The sign on the gate advertising teas shows that it can’t have been too far off the beaten track. So where was it? Above: An attractive view of the building (click to enlarge), with the Goyt flowing in the foreground. Chris Simpson recently got in touch...
Mystery building

Mystery building

Above: One of the very few buildings in the valley that Bill doesn’t recognise. The Long Hill road is easily identified by the line of telegraph poles in the distance. The dark stripe running horizontally below is the disused track of the C&HPR. And...
Goyt’s Moss Farmhouse

Goyt’s Moss Farmhouse

Above: Goyt’s Moss Farmhouse lay beside the Old Buxton to Macclesfield Turnpike.  The single-track road to the twin reservoirs is just out of the picture on the right. And the road snaking away into the distance ends close to the Cat & Fiddle, at the...
Withinleach Farm

Withinleach Farm

Above: The ruins of Withinleach Farm lie close to St Joseph’s Shrine (inset), beside the path leading from Errwood Hall. The ruins of Withinleach Farm lie just a short distance from St. Joseph’s Shrine, the small circular building dedicated to the Spanish...
Finding Goytsclough cottages

Finding Goytsclough cottages

Above: The cottages at Goytsclough would probably have housed the mill manager’s family. I’ve just created a ‘then & now’ fade featuring one of my favourite views of the Goyt Valley (see below). The photo must have been taken around the end...
Hearts of oak

Hearts of oak

Above: The newspaper report refers to the Hibbert’s farm as ‘Gonsall’. But it must have been Bunsal Farm (far right). The Hibberts are the only family listed on census records going back to 1871 (click to view). The inset image of a well-dressed...
Castedge spring; then & now

Castedge spring; then & now

Above: Castedge Farm Cottage in its prime. Above inset: Kathleen Nall (second from right) with her parents and (presumably) elder brother and sister. On the far right is her friend, Brenda Hewitt, who lived at the nearby Shooters’ Clough Cottage. Above: This...
Goyt’s Moss Marchingtons

Goyt’s Moss Marchingtons

Above: This rare photo shows the old Macclesfield to Buxton road as it snakes towards the horizon. The circled house is Marchington Farm. The next building is Moss House. Further along on the right is Moss Hall, and lastly Goyt’s Moss Farm, which now serves as a...