Fernilee construction gallery

Fernilee construction gallery

Above: the collection includes photos of some of the small steam engines that transported materials around the construction site, as well as navvies relaxing in their temporary pub. Many thanks to Norm from the Whaley Bridge Local History Group for allowing me to...
ebay postcard gallery

ebay postcard gallery

Above: Old postcards of the valley regularly appear on ebay.  There’s an amazing number of old postcards showing views of the Goyt Valley. In the days before smart phones and social media, they were a perfect way of keeping in touch with friends and family....
Packhorse bridge photos

Packhorse bridge photos

Above: The picturesque packhorse bridge once lay in the centre of Goyt’s Bridge. It proved a magnet for artists and photographers, as well as the many tourists who came to enjoy the tranquil beauty of the valley. I just came across some wonderful photos of...
Goyt’s Bridge 1967

Goyt’s Bridge 1967

Above: Mike found the photo in an out-of-print book, which is why the quality isn’t great. This is the full view (click to enlarge). My thanks to Mike for unearthing this rare view of Goyt’s Bridge, dated 1967. Errwood Reservoir was officially opened in...
The valley in 1930

The valley in 1930

Above: This view is taken from Goyt’s Lane as it approaches the hamlet of Goyt’s Bridge. The packhorse bridge spans Wildmoorestone Brook, just before it flows into the Goyt.  Goytshead Farm lies at top right, and a barn belonging to Goytbridge...
Magic lantern slides

Magic lantern slides

Above: The photograph of the ladies would have been taken from close to the packhorse bridge, looking down the lane which led to the larger bridge over the Goyt. I’ve just come across a couple of wonderful photographs taken in the Goyt Valley (click either...
Goyt ice skating

Goyt ice skating

Above: The view today and in the 1960s. There’s a small car park beside the pond which is an ideal starting point for a short walk along the old railway line. It ends after about a mile at a blocked up tunnel. Walk 12 follows the entire line – as much...
Goyt’s Bridge dreamer

Goyt’s Bridge dreamer

Above: This scenic spot now lies under the waters of Errwood Reservoir. But it once drew visitors from far and wide. I came across this wonderful image during my search for the Stonyway Turnpike map at Matlock Public Record Office (see previous post). It’s a...
“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...
Derbyshire Bridge

Derbyshire Bridge

Above: A group of travellers in a horse-drawn carriage cross Derbyshire Bridge on their way north through the Errwood Estate. The photo probably dates to around the end of the 19th century. This narrow road between Goyt’s Moss and Whaley Bridge was known as...