Taxal Church memorial

Taxal Church memorial

Above: Anne and Samuel Grimshawe’s memorial in Taxal Church. Although it’s usually locked, Taxal Church is well worth a visit if you can get hold of the key. There are some fascinating memorials inside, including one to George II’s ‘Yeaoman of...
The shooting party

The shooting party

Above: Samuel Grimshawe’s cousin, Fredrick Upton Gaskell (circled), pictured in 1883 with members of the annual shooting party. These four very similar photos were among a collection that Gerald Hancock, author of ‘Goyt Valley Romance’, allowed me to...
Grimshawe vault sealed

Grimshawe vault sealed

Above: The Grimshawes’ family cemetery lies above the ruins of their grand country house, Errwood Hall. At one time there was a building to the left, with a vault below, which would have held the coffins of family members (above left). And it...
Samuel’s pseudo bishop

Samuel’s pseudo bishop

Above: The Grimshawe’s Catholic chapel was housed in the top floor turret at Errwood Hall. A light kept burning throughout the night was said to be visible throughout the valley. Above: Click to enlarge the press clipping. My thanks to Mike for sending this...
John & Hannah Butler

John & Hannah Butler

Above: Captain John Butler and his wife, Hannah, are buried beneath a stone cross – the central one of the three shown here – in the Grimshawe family’s hill-top cemetery, above the ruins of Errwood Hall. Above: The inscription is now becoming hidden...
Loveliest of Derbyshire drives

Loveliest of Derbyshire drives

Above: The green dashes show the road from Goyt’s Bridge as it passes Masters Farm (above left and circled on the map) and winds down the valley towards the nearby Gunpowder Mill, and on to Fernilee and then Whaley Bridge. The blue area shows the...
Closure of Errwood grounds

Closure of Errwood grounds

Above: Mary, the last of the Grimshawe family who once owned the Errwood estate. Below: Dolores de Ybarguen, the Spanish lady to whom the shrine is dedicated. Many thanks to Mike for sending me a newspaper cutting about the closure of public access...
The last of the Grimshawes

The last of the Grimshawes

Above: The two Grimshawe sisters, Mary and Genevieve (I’m not sure which is which), pictured in the doorway of Fernilee Village Hall after they had opened it on 4th December 1926. It was only a few weeks after the death of Mary Gosselin-Grimshawe (above) in 1930...
Errwood Hall party (1895)

Errwood Hall party (1895)

Above: Servants and staff pictured on the drive, outside Errwood Hall. Many would have been at the party described here. The only faces I can identify so far are Mr Wiles the Butler (far left), and his wife, the Housekeeper (seated at front). Errwood Estate Agent, Mr...
The Grimshawe family

The Grimshawe family

Above: Unfortunately I haven’t been able to find any images of Samuel Grimshawe. His two daughters, Mary and Genevieve, are pictured above standing either side of the Queen of Spain. Mary (far right) was the last of the Grimshawes. She died in 1930. Much of the...