Goyt Valley early ’30s  #1

Goyt Valley early ’30s #1

Above: A picturesque view along the River Goyt as it approaches Goyt’s Bridge, with Goytsbridge Farm in the background (click to enlarge). It’s one of nearly 100 photos of the valley recently discovered on Stockport Council’s image archive. Most...
Tracing Mr T.B. Hibbert

Tracing Mr T.B. Hibbert

Above: Gail has helped decipher the sign. We think it reads ‘T. B. HIBBERT. GOYT BRIDGE (?) FARM. TEAS & PARTIES CATERED FOR’ But why does it seem to point right towards Goytshead Farm, rather than Goytsbridge Farm which is over the bridge to...
Is this Old Goyt’s Lane?

Is this Old Goyt’s Lane?

Above: This 1890 OS map (click to enlarge) shows both the Old Goyt’s Lane road into Goyt’s Bridge, and the Bunsall Incline. The area shaded pale blue shows Errwood Reservoir today. I’ve marked where I thought the photo must have been taken. And the...
1930s Goyt Valley photos

1930s Goyt Valley photos

Above: Mark’s father pictured in the early 1930s – in front of the packhorse bridge at Goyt’s Bridge. One of the joys of creating this website is when people send me messages like the following… Mark writes: “I was going through some...
Goyt’s Bridge then and now

Goyt’s Bridge then and now

I’ve tried to match an old photo of the small hamlet of Goyt’s Bridge with today’s scene across Errwood Reservoir, and merge one over the other. To view the results, simply click on either ‘then’ or ‘now’ button to slowly fade...
Goyt’s Bridge to music

Goyt’s Bridge to music

This short video of Goyt’s Bridge is taken from the longer 1932 cine film (click to view original). As well as editing it down, I’ve also added some background music. The clip shows views around the stepping stones and...
Ancient maps

Ancient maps

Above: Goyt’s Bridge is shown as Goythouses, Goythowses – and even  Goythoires – on maps until the early 1800s. Above: All the maps featured on the site, as well as the descriptions, have been kindly provided by Kevin Welch of Copperplate Antique...
Errwood Bridge

Errwood Bridge

Above: A postcard view of Errwood Bridge (click to enlarge.) The other two bridges in Goyt’s Bridge (click either to enlarge): The ancient Packhorse Bridge above, and Shooter’s Clough Bridge below. Some time back I received a message from Chris Belton...
Goyt’s Bridge cafes

Goyt’s Bridge cafes

A family enjoying a fine spread in the garden at the Goytshead Farm cafe. Gatehouse Cottage is just visible in the distance. This photo (click to enlarge) provides a better view of the cafe garden pictured at the top of the page, with the porch clearly visible....
The Stepping Stones

The Stepping Stones

Click to enlarge any of the images on this page. Above: A group of walkers in high summer cross the stepping stones with their dogs heading towards Gatehouse Cottage in the distance. The Stepping Stones feature in the 1932 cine film of Goyt’s Bridge. Click here...