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It looks like it may have been taken in the 1890s – or even earlier. In the later photos below, the road has been extended through into the farmyard.
The track from high on the moors at Derbyshire Bridge, through Goyt’s Bridge, and then on towards Macclesfield along the old Roman road, would have been used by merchants transporting everything from salt and spices to household goods and building materials since medieval times – and probably long before.
On the illustration below, the Goyt is flowing from the right across the ford, to join Wildsmorestone Brook which flows under the packhorse bridge. Goytsbridge Farm is on the left, and Goytshead Farm on the right.
But whereas the rest of Goyt’s Bridge has vanished beneath the waters of Errwood reservoir, the small bridge has miraculously survived. Although not many people who pass it on the road to Derbyshire Bridge may realise it.