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...
Hearts of oak

Hearts of oak

Above: The newspaper report refers to the Hibbert’s farm as ‘Gonsall’. But it must have been Bunsal Farm (far right). The Hibberts are the only family listed on census records going back to 1871 (click to view). The inset image of a well-dressed...
A winter walk in 1884

A winter walk in 1884

Above: These winter views are from Corrie’s collection of old postcards. An old lady in a red shawl with her basket of shopping walks beside the Goyt. And the Cat & Fiddle Inn in deep snow – which was probably the ‘lone hostel on the...
Fatal accident on the C&HPR

Fatal accident on the C&HPR

Above: Although William Chappell seems to have taken much of the blame for the fatal accident, he went on to work from Buxton Station and is pictured above on the footplate of a coal engine some years after the collision. Above: The Sheffield Daily Telegraph’s...
The Cat & Fiddle Inn

The Cat & Fiddle Inn

Above: Just a few of the wonderful postcards from Corrie’s collection on the Cat & Fiddle Inn. Click here to view them all. Above: These old postcards are photographs rather than prints, so haven’t been reduced to a series of dots. This means they...
Down the Valley in 1881

Down the Valley in 1881

Above: The ford at Taxal was where Strephon and his ‘Young Man’ crossed the Goyt on their way to Whaley Bridge. Walk 6 passes this picturesque spot. The pair enjoyed Whaley Bridge, but were less enthusiastic about the towns and cities just a...
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 lost bridge

The lost bridge

Above: The article included a photo of Errwood Bridge I hadn’t seen before. The caption read; “Footpaths on both sides of the stream down to Fernilee Reservoir, a quarter of a mile of Shooter’s Clough, and Goyt’s Bridge will disappear when the...
Visiting Errwood Hall in 1883

Visiting Errwood Hall in 1883

Exploring the ruins of Errwood Hall and wandering across the foundations of the various rooms, you can’t help thinking about the people who once lived within its walls, and trying to imagine the world they lived in. Errwood Hall lasted less than 100 years...
Goyt memories (1954)

Goyt memories (1954)

Above: A fine view of Errwood Hall and its ornamental gardens, taken from the path up to the Grimshawe’s hill-top cemetery. This article is taken from a 1954 issue of the Peakland Magazine, and written by Crichton Porteus. It appears on the Whaley Bridge...