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...
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...
Lost in a snowstorm

Lost in a snowstorm

Above: It seems a few years since the Cat & Fiddle was last cut off in a severe snow storm – which sometimes lasted for days.  This postcard from Corrie’s collection, showing snow piled up against the front porch, probably dates back to...
Cat & Fiddle rescued (1918)

Cat & Fiddle rescued (1918)

Above: At the time of writing (August 2019) the Cat & Fiddle has been closed for a couple of years. It’s a sad state for a once very popular pub. But it was a similar story some 100 years ago. This famous pub, standing close to the source of The Goyt on...
‘Gruesome’ memorial

‘Gruesome’ memorial

Above: It seems that William Wood’s memorial stone, on the back road between Disley and Whaley Bridge, attracted controversy right from the start. Gail has unearthed a couple of press clippings which show there’s been a fair amount of local opposition 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...
‘Accidental death’ verdict

‘Accidental death’ verdict

Above: Long Hill Farm lies on the left, just before the sign to the Goyt Valley on the road from Buxton. Above: Could this have been the very spot that Farmer Thomas Dunn lost his life (click to enlarge)? It’s certainly been strongly reinforced over the years....
Drunk in charge

Drunk in charge

Above: This photo taken at the Cat & Fiddle probably dates to the 1910s – around the same time Fredrick found himself in trouble with the law – and shows various forms of transport, including an early car as well as some horse and traps. Another gem...
Fatal trap accident

Fatal trap accident

Above: This photo shows a family posing outside Nook Farm and was probably taken in the early 1900s. Census records show the Dunns had left the farm sometime between 1891 and 1901, so it’s unlikely they’re the family posing here. My thanks to Mike for...
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...