Tunstead Dickie’s skull

Tunstead Dickie’s skull

Above: A photo of Dickie’s skull from Clifford’s book. I hadn’t heard of the legend of Tunstead Dickie’s skull before reading Clifford Rathbone’s ‘Goyt Valley Story’; a collection of articles he wrote for the Macclesfield...
‘Goyt Valley Story’ pdf

‘Goyt Valley Story’ pdf

Above: Clifford pictured on the path leading to the ruins of Errwood Hall in 1955. Many thanks to Willow Publishing for allowing me to post a pdf version of Clifford Rathbone’s ‘Goyt Valley Story’ on the site. First published in 1955, the booklet...
‘Goyt Valley Romance’ pdf

‘Goyt Valley Romance’ pdf

Above: Goyt Valley Romance was self-published by Gerald (below). Gerald Hancock’s ‘Goyt Valley Romance’ was the inspiration for my launching this website back in 2012. He sadly died some years ago, and was in the later stages of his illness when we...
‘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...
Goyt Valley booklet

Goyt Valley booklet

Above: Roly Smith was formerly Head of Information Services for the Peak District National Park, when he was known as “Mr Peak District.” He is the author of over 90 books on the British countryside, vice-president of the Outdoor Writers’ and Photographers’ Guild, and...
The long white road

The long white road

Above: Old Goyt’s Lane now vanishes beneath the waters of Errwood Reservoir. But in Vera and Rolands’ day this attractive walk would have ended in the picturesque hamlet of Goyt’s Bridge. It’s poignant to imagine the two lovers looking across...
Goyt Valley Story #1

Goyt Valley Story #1

Clifford Rathbone’s ‘Goyt Valley Story’ has been out of print for many years. But the current copyright holders, Willow Publishing, have kindly granted permission to publish the first chapter here. The book contains a series of articles written by...
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...
John & Hannah Butler

John & Hannah Butler

Above: Captain John Butler and his wife, Hannah, are buried beneath a stone cross – the central one of the three shown here – in the Grimshawe family’s hill-top cemetery, above the ruins of Errwood Hall. Above: The inscription is now becoming hidden...
The mushroom cloud

The mushroom cloud

Above: The gunpowder mill once employed around 100 men. Today the ruins lie beneath the northern end of Fernilee Reservoir. Joyce published the 56-page, A5 booklet in 1996. For a signed copy, send a cheque for £8 made out to J Winfield, 13 Jodrell Meadow, Whaley...