Errwood Hall

This once-magnificent country house, enjoying wonderful views over the picturesque Goyt Valley, is now just a sad pile of stones (see below right). It survived for less than 100 years. It was built around 1840 (I don’t have the exact date), and was demolished in 1934. Click on any of the posts below for information relating to the hall (with more to follow). I’ve managed to collect quite a few old photos showing the hall in all its former glory. Click here to view them.

Killing at Errwood Hall

Killing at Errwood Hall

An 1847 newspaper clipping reports a ‘desperate burglary, in which one of the burglars was killed’ at Errwood Hall. The gamekeeper was said to have fired the fatal shot. But did he?

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The last of the Grimshawes

The last of the Grimshawes

The death of Mary, the last of the Grimshawes, in 1930 marked the end of a century-long era in the Goyt Valley. Work on Fernilee Reservoir began soon after. And Errwood Hall was to be demolished.

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Life below stairs

Life below stairs

“These rich Lords and Ladies had a London Home and also one near Manchester. It was called Errwood Hall and there were five Lords and Ladies and a Priest…”

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Errwood Hall party (1895)

Errwood Hall party (1895)

“A very interesting and pleasant gathering took place at Errwood Hall last Wednesday week, when Miss Grimshawe and Mrs Preston entertained the tenantry and tradesmen of the district to dinner.”

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Visiting Errwood Hall in 1883

Visiting Errwood Hall in 1883

By a reporter May 23rd 1883: “Errwood Hall, for such is its name, is a modernised building of dressed stone, with rooms of considerable size and number…”

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The Grimshawe family

The Grimshawe family

The two sisters knew that the estate was to be compulsory purchased by Stockport Corporation to create the twin reservoirs. And soon after Mary’s death, the sale was completed.

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Errwood Hall auction sale

Errwood Hall auction sale

Mary Grimshawe-Gosselin of Errwood Hall died on 23rd February 1930. The auction of the contents of Errwood Hall was held over five days – from June 16th-20th 1930. There were more than 1,800 lots in total.

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Errwood Hall plasterwork

Errwood Hall plasterwork

It seems that rare fragments of Errwood Hall have survived! Some plasterwork copies of the Elgin Marbles were rescued before the hall was demolished in 1934.

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Errwood Hall reconstructed

Errwood Hall reconstructed

A wonderful digital reconstruction of Errwood Hall by the Furness Vale Local History Society. I’d love to do something similar on Goyt’s Bridge – but wouldn’t know where to start!

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What a contrast from today’s scene above, to photos showing the Hall in its prime. And what a pity that the planners decided to tear down this once magnificent country house. It was used as a Youth Hostel for some years – from the death of Mary Gosselin-Grimshawe in 1930 until it was demolished in 1934. It must have been an ideal spot to explore these glorious surroundings. 

More Hall photos

Click here to view more old images of Errwood Hall.