Goyt Recollections part II

Goyt Recollections part II

Above: The hamlet of Goyt’s Bridge which now lies under the waters of Errwood Reservoir. I’ve circled Errwood Hall in the distance. The large barn mentioned by Crichton may be the one at far right. I’m not sure when the photo was taken...
Joseph Oyarzabel?

Joseph Oyarzabel?

Above: Janette thinks Joseph may be the baby sat on his mother’s lap, alongside his father Ignatius, and his elder brother and sister. The recently discovered photo on the left shows him in his Sunday best. I’d guess the book is the bible. You can see the...
Rare photo discovered

Rare photo discovered

Above: After attending the Grimshawe’s one-room school, Mary Heather went on to work as a servant at Errwood Hall. She told her daughter that the photo was taken inside the hall – perhaps before one of the Grimshawe’s many house parties. It may seem...
The Heathers

The Heathers

Above: The four Heather brothers in army uniform (from left): Fred (b.1891), Bert (b.1892), Joseph Harold (b.1893/4) and Arthur Percy (b.1895). Above: The five Heather sisters (clockwise from top left): Florence (Marie’s grandmother), Lily, Winifred, Genevieve...
Three lost homes

Three lost homes

Above: From left to right; The Hollows, Upper Lodge and Lower Lodge. I’ve finally managed to complete a job I’ve been meaning to do for a while – to add the details of three houses at the northern end of the valley to the ‘Houses &...
The Braddocks

The Braddocks

Above: 19-year-old Elizabeth Braddock died some eight years before her father and must have held a special place in the heart of the Grimshawe sisters to be buried on the family’s hill-top cemetery. One of the graves at the Grimshawe’s family cemetery,...
Joe Brown’s Numbers

Joe Brown’s Numbers

Above: Known as ‘the human fly’, Joe was acknowledged as one of Britain’s finest mountaineers. He carved orienteering clues into rocks at 20 locations around the valley. The one above right is on the back of the shrine beside the lane leading down to...
Found starved to death

Found starved to death

Above: The nearby Cat & Fiddle pictured under a blanket of snow shows just how severe the weather could get on these moors. Many thanks to David from the Furness Vale History Society for sending these details about a tragedy that happened in Goytsclough back in...
Farming in the valley

Farming in the valley

Above: Bill’s Dad shepherds a few sheep through the construction site at Fernilee in 1932. Above: Bill pictured with a lamb at Oldfield Farm in 1953. Above: Edited by Christine Gregory and Sheila Hine, ‘The Land That Made Us’ was published earlier...
‘Bunty’ – a special teacher

‘Bunty’ – a special teacher

Above: Bunty and Lucy (the dog) with one of the last groups of children she taught there, pictured in 1972. Chris Wilman was brought up close to the Goyt Valley and remembers  one of her favourite teachers… ‘Bunty’ Sidebottom was the teacher at the hamlet...