The long white road

The long white road

Above: Old Goyt’s Lane now vanishes beneath the waters of Errwood Reservoir. But in Vera and Rolands’ day this attractive walk would have ended in the picturesque hamlet of Goyt’s Bridge. It’s poignant to imagine the two lovers looking across...
Three new views

Three new views

Above: A close-up of the first card (click to enlarge) shows a pensive looking gentleman standing half-way across the stepping stones, with the picturesque packhorse bridge behind. Improved road and rail links during the late 19th century brought increasing numbers of...
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...
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,...
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...
Goyt Valley early ’30s #2

Goyt Valley early ’30s #2

Above: This 1888 OS map shows that Goyt’s Bridge changed very little between then and the early ’30s when this photo was taken. The green arrow shows the direction of view. Goytshead Farm is opposite, and was a popular spot for afternoon teas. The...
The Valley of the Goyt (1880)

The Valley of the Goyt (1880)

Above: Our travellers walked from Goyt’s Bridge along the lane towards Derbyshire Bridge. The photo shows three children in front of the mill workers cottages at Goytsclough, which Strephon mentions in his article. They eventually reach a ‘solitary little...
Goyt’s Bridge painting

Goyt’s Bridge painting

Above: I’ve tried to match features in the painting with an old map of Goyt’s Bridge. 1: The artist’s position and direction of view. 2: The small bridge over Shooter’s Clough as it meets the Goyt. 3: The...
The stepping stones

The stepping stones

Above: I’ve highlighted the camera view in green. The photographer was standing beside the small packhorse bridge, alongside Wildmoorestone Brook as it joins the River Goyt. Goytshead Farm is just behind. Many thanks to Mike for sending this postcard of the...
Goyt’s Bridge in 1853

Goyt’s Bridge in 1853

Above:  Goyt’s Bridge is on the left of the fold, and unfortunately damaged by a slight tear in the fragile paper. Goyt’s Lane to Buxton runs off the right hand edge of the map, past the small reservoir at the top of the Bunsal Incline on...