Shawstile holloway

Shawstile holloway

Above: This view across the reservoir has only opened up since the felling of the fir trees. I’ve circled the junction of the twin tracks, with the ancient holloway running up the slope on the right. The recent felling of the fir trees on the western slopes...
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...
Stonyway update

Stonyway update

Above: I found this 1815 plan in The Derbyshire Records Office. Stonyway Bar is shown alongside the existing turnpike. The red line shows the proposed new route which avoided the worst of the steep slopes. We think the toll booth was moved to where the old and...
Milestones update

Milestones update

Above: It’s easy to miss the milestone opposite Anncroft Road in Burbage, particularly as its directions and distances are now buried within the surrounding stones. The inset map shows that it would have stated 10 3/4 miles to Macclesfield. And 1 mile the other...
Stonyway toll gate

Stonyway toll gate

Above: This 1795 map shows Stonyway Gate lying on the first turnpike between Buxton and Macclesfield, which was completed in 1759. The second turnpike was opened in 1823, and crossed the old route at the same spot. After tracking down the milestone between the Cat...
Turnpike milestones

Turnpike milestones

Above: One thing I learned from last week’s talk is that MS stands for milestone and MP for milepost.  And that posts were typically metal and superseded the stones. This map shows that stones were set beside the earlier turnpike, and posts on the later...
Goyt Valley turnpikes

Goyt Valley turnpikes

Above: This photo, probably from the early 1900s, captures a lot of fascinating detail, including a horse-drawn cart coming towards the Cat & Fiddle which is just a short distance to the left, and a horse-drawn carriage heading towards Buxton....
Long Hill mystery

Long Hill mystery

Above; Don asks whether anyone knows what might once have been here, at the junction of the Long Hill road and Goyt’s Lane. I’ve recently moved back to Buxton, which is the reason for the recent flurry of posts as I try to catch up with all the projects...