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....
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...
Gail’s Goyt’s Bridge cards

Gail’s Goyt’s Bridge cards

Above: Spot the difference! Above: Zooming into the older photo reveals someone seated outside Goytshead Farm (click to enlarge). And it’s just possible to make out the word ‘Teas’ on the sign behind him. Both Goyts Bridge farmhouses sold teas to the...
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...
Goyt’s Bridge 1967

Goyt’s Bridge 1967

Above: Mike found the photo in an out-of-print book, which is why the quality isn’t great. This is the full view (click to enlarge). My thanks to Mike for unearthing this rare view of Goyt’s Bridge, dated 1967. Errwood Reservoir was officially opened in...
The arch mystery

The arch mystery

Above: Gary’s 1984 photo on the left clearly shows two arches, but the 1958 photo seems to show only the one. One of the things that mystified me about Gary’s 1984 photos of Errwood Bridge emerging from the waters was that they showed there were two arches. And...
Locating the bridge

Locating the bridge

Above: The main bridge in Goyt’s Bridge emerges from the water during the drought of 1984. The viewpoint shows where Gary was standing to take the photo. See the main text for a key to the numbered arrows  Above: This photo of the bridge was sent in by...
Goyt’s Bridge emerges

Goyt’s Bridge emerges

Above: Two wonderful photos showing Errwood Bridge, the larger of the two bridges at this important crossing point over the River Goyt, which once separated Cheshire from Derbyshire. Above: Gary is a passionate steam railway enthusiast and loco-driver at...
The valley in 1930

The valley in 1930

Above: This view is taken from Goyt’s Lane as it approaches the hamlet of Goyt’s Bridge. The packhorse bridge spans Wildmoorestone Brook, just before it flows into the Goyt.  Goytshead Farm lies at top right, and a barn belonging to Goytbridge...
Goyt’s Bridge dreamer

Goyt’s Bridge dreamer

Above: This scenic spot now lies under the waters of Errwood Reservoir. But it once drew visitors from far and wide. I came across this wonderful image during my search for the Stonyway Turnpike map at Matlock Public Record Office (see previous post). It’s a...