Visiting the Cat & Fiddle (1888)

Visiting the Cat & Fiddle (1888)

Above: This postcard view of the Cat & Fiddle would have been painted in the late 19th century. Inset: A line illustration of the same view accompanied Strephon’s report of his 1888 visit. Above: The 7th Duke of Devonshire (1808-1891) seems to have been...
The High Peak Railway (1880)

The High Peak Railway (1880)

Above: This is the only photo I’ve managed to find of a train on the C&HP Railway line as it approaches the Goyt Valley section. It’s a view across Burbage, southwest of Buxton. It’s just possible to make out Buxton’s famous dome in the far distance. The Cromford...
The Valley of the Goyt (1880)

The Valley of the Goyt (1880)

Above: Our travellers walked from Goyt’s Bridge along the lane towards Derbyshire Bridge. The photo shows three children in front of the mill workers cottages at Goytsclough, which Strephon mentions in his article. They eventually reach a ‘solitary little...
Edward ‘Strephon’ Bradbury

Edward ‘Strephon’ Bradbury

Above: This wonderful etching of Buxton’s Pavilion Gardens appears as the frontispiece in Strephon’s ‘Pilgrimages in the Peak’, first published in 1879. Click the image at the bottom of the page to view the complete illustration. Above:...
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...
An 1880 excursion to Errwood

An 1880 excursion to Errwood

Tracing the route: The writer, his ‘Young Man’ fisherman friend, and their ‘Somebody’ artist and lady companion, turned off the Buxton to Whaley Bridge, Long Hill road, along the same winding track used by most visitors to the Valley...