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...
Goytsclough waterwheel (1857)

Goytsclough waterwheel (1857)

Above: The writer mentions these cottages which once stood between the stone quarry and the paint mill. A rectangular shape on the ground is all that remains today. The waterwheel would have been behind the slope to the right. (Click here for more on the cottages.) My...
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...
A winter walk in 1884

A winter walk in 1884

Above: These winter views are from Corrie’s collection of old postcards. An old lady in a red shawl with her basket of shopping walks beside the Goyt. And the Cat & Fiddle Inn in deep snow – which was probably the ‘lone hostel on the...
Ode to the Dale o’ Goyt

Ode to the Dale o’ Goyt

Above: There are very few good quality colour photos of the Goyt Valley before the construction of the twin reservoirs. This one comes from Corrie’s collection of old postcards and shows a view over the stepping stones in Goyt’s Bridge, as the Goyt...
Shank’s mare to Goyt’s Bridge

Shank’s mare to Goyt’s Bridge

Above: This oil painting shows three cows being driven along the lane from Derbyshire Bridge towards Goyt’s Bridge. The author mentions the small row of paint mill cottages which stood to the right of this view. Goytsclough Quarry was just behind. Today,...