Ladmanlow station

Ladmanlow station

Above: Whatever remains of Ladmanlow Station now lies behind these gates. I’ll maybe knock on their door once the virus has passed to ask if they’ll let me take a closer look. I’ve long been fascinated by the history of the 33-mile Cromford...
Relief expedition on the way

Relief expedition on the way

Above: Photo courtesy of Picture the Past. Louise Marsden spotted this intriguing photo on Picture the Past’s Facebook page. It’s titled ‘Goyt Valley Relief Expedition’, and was published in the Buxton Advertiser. The description says:...
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...
The Hollows update

The Hollows update

Above: Work started on Fernilee Reservoir in 1932 and was completed in 1937. I’d guess this photo showing The Hollows still standing in the midst of the construction site would have been taken around 1934. Above: I’ve circled The Hollows, and shown where I...
Locating the bridge

Locating the bridge

Above: The main bridge in Goyt’s Bridge emerges from the water during the drought of 1984. The viewpoint shows where Gary was standing to take the photo. See the main text for a key to the numbered arrows  Above: This photo of the bridge was sent in by...
Mystery building

Mystery building

Above: One of the very few buildings in the valley that Bill doesn’t recognise. The Long Hill road is easily identified by the line of telegraph poles in the distance. The dark stripe running horizontally below is the disused track of the C&HPR. And...
Buxton’s railways

Buxton’s railways

Above: Buxton’s twin stations pictured in the mid ’60s, shortly before the one on the right was demolished.The Palace Hotel would have been behind and to the left of the photographer (see map). Today, this view looks down Station Road towards Bridge...
Fernilee Toll House

Fernilee Toll House

Above: Fernilee Toll House stood beside the Long Hill Road from Buxton to Whaley Bridge, on the right, a short distance past The Valentine on the left, which today leads down to the northern end of Fernilee Reservoir. Click on any of the images above to enlarge....
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....
Cheshire tithe maps

Cheshire tithe maps

Above: The 1849 tithe map clearly shows the newer Stonyway Bar toll house at the junction of the two turnpikes. And the old one to the left, which appears to have been converted to a house. Alec has discovered a wonderful website that reveals a lot about the history...