Powder Mill Bridge

Powder Mill Bridge

Above: The lane from Goyt’s Bridge snakes around from the left before crossing the bridge and heading up the Valentine to Fernilee. (Shawstile Farm is top right.) It was only recently that I discovered an aerial photo showing a small stone bridge that now lies...
Taxal Church fades

Taxal Church fades

Above: Rev Evans had to fight a battle with church authorities to extend the graveyard. But today it’s as overcrowded as the old one across the lane. I’ve visited Taxal Church quite a few times over the years, but it’s only recently that I discovered...
Rev Evans bound over

Rev Evans bound over

Above: The main photo shows Taxal Church before the new south window was installed. So it would have probably have been taken in the late 1880s. Today, the foreground is overgrown, muddy and crowded with grave stones. Under one of which lies Rev Evans (inset). An 1888...
The pugilistic parson

The pugilistic parson

Above: I found this photo of Rev. Evans, alongside a young boy captioned as Lomas, on the Whaley Bridge History website. It’s clear from the previous post that the ‘remarkable rector’ of Taxal Church, Rev. Samuel Evans, was not a man to back down in...
The remarkable rector

The remarkable rector

Above: Rev. Samuel Evans pictured outside Taxal Church with the newly recast bells. He was said to have been a generous benefactor of the church and may have paid for these from his own pocket. I was taking photos inside Taxal Church last week and came across a copy...
Whaley Bridge to Taxal

Whaley Bridge to Taxal

Above: The wonderfully picturesque view from the bridge over the Goyt at Taxal (point 3 on the map below). Above: click to expand map. Some time ago Irene got in touch to ask how easy it was to get to the Goyt Valley using public transport. And my blunt answer was...
Taxal Bridge

Taxal Bridge

Above: Another image from the Whaley Bridge Photos website showing the bridge over the Goyt at Taxal. Judging by the hand colouring, and the ladies’ clothes, I’d have guessed it was taken in the early 1900s. But the bicycle looks closer to the 1930s....
Fishing the Goyt at Taxal

Fishing the Goyt at Taxal

Above: This photo of the Goyt at Taxal was taken from the small wooden footbridge next to the ford. For many years an ancient packhorse bridge spanned the river here. It was washed away in a flood. But I’m not sure when. John Sutcliffe writes: I was very...