Found starved to death

Found starved to death

Above: The nearby Cat & Fiddle pictured under a blanket of snow shows just how severe the weather could get on these moors. Many thanks to David from the Furness Vale History Society for sending these details about a tragedy that happened in Goytsclough back in...
Life for the killers

Life for the killers

Above: The Manchester Evening News announces the verdict: Life for the three of the convicted murderers. The ring-leader, Murray, was sentenced at a later date. Above & below: click on either image to view a pdf of each page. Like many other lovers of...
The Goytsclough murders

The Goytsclough murders

Above: I think this is where the toilets once stood, not far from the small packhorse bridge that now spans the Goyt. It seems incredible that such gruesome events took place in such a tranquil spot, and within living memory. Michael recently got in touch to ask...
“Lest we forget!!”

“Lest we forget!!”

Above: ‘Lest we forget!!’. Perhaps it’s written by a soldier to his sweetheart, remembering a trip along the valley they shared when he was on leave from the trenches. I sometimes buy old postcards of the Valley if they’re not already on the...
Goytsclough postcard #2

Goytsclough postcard #2

Above: The photo was taken from the slopes surrounding Goytsclough Quarry, looking south along the road to Derbyshire Bridge.The River Goyt runs along the valley to the left. A mill lade flowing from the river along the hillside supplied water to the giant waterwheel....
Goytsclough postcard #1

Goytsclough postcard #1

Above: The circled area of the postcard includes the ruins of the paint mill, as well as Goytsclough Farm high on the hillside, and the paint mill cottages. Zooming into the ruins of the mill seems to show an area of stone walling which I think may have housed...
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...
Tracing the mill lade

Tracing the mill lade

Above: the mill lade started from this small stone and concrete sluice that spans the River Goyt a short distance from Derbyshire Bridge. A channel on the right snaked across the hill side, all the way to the mill pond above the giant waterwheel at Goytsclough. I...
Goytsclough waterwheel (1857)

Goytsclough waterwheel (1857)

Above: The writer mentions these cottages which once stood between the stone quarry and the paint mill. A rectangular shape on the ground is all that remains today. The waterwheel would have been behind the slope to the right. (Click here for more on the cottages.) My...
Goytsclough waterwheel

Goytsclough waterwheel

Above: This is the clearest photo I’ve managed to find of the ruins of the paint mill. The 1890s map shows where it once lay – at Goytsclough, on the narrow road between Derbyshire Bridge and Goyt’s Bridge. I’ve also highlighted where I think...