Goyt Valley miscellaneous

These posts don’t fit easily within the existing sections of the website – which is why I’ve called them miscellaneous. They’re a bit of a pick and mix collection – but interesting just the same. Simply click on the ‘Read more’ links to view any story. All contributions would be very gratefully received. To get in touch, simply use the site contact page.

Fernilee path reopens

It’s taken almost a year, but the footpath between Fernilee and Taxal, past the old pump house, has finally reopened. But I hadn’t realised the old building was to completely vanish from the landscape.

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Errwood Farm; then & now

Samuel Grimshawe stayed at Errwood Farm to oversee the construction of Errwood Hall in the 1830s. This composite image shows the attractive farmhouse in today’s landscape.

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Loveliest of Derbyshire drives

The road through the Goyt valley was described as “one of the loveliest in Derbyshire”. But Mrs Grimshawe once closed it due to the “disgraceful conduct of a char-a-banc party”!

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Goyt’s Moss to Taxal

From Derbyshire Bridge in the south to Taxal in the north, this series of ‘then & now’ fades show how the Goyt Valley has changed since the construction of the twin reservoirs.

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Goyt’s Lane Shrine

Another little gem from Buxton Museum’s art collection. Most regular visitors to the Valley will recognise this lonely shrine which always seems to be decorated with fresh flowers.

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Goyt’s Bridge painting

A wonderful painting of Goyt’s Bridge just discovered in Buxton Museum’s collection. We know the name of the artist – GM Brown – but nothing more, including the date.

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Comparing old and new

A wonderful website provides side-by-side views of old Victorian maps with today’s satellite images. It’s fascinating to see how the twin reservoirs completely changed the Goyt Valley landscape.

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A winter walk in 1884

The Goyt Valley in winter can be a truly magical place. A poem written in 1884 celebrates a walk from a ‘lone hostel on the barren moor’ which must have been the Cat & Fiddle Inn.

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Ode to the Dale o’ Goyt

In previous times the Goyt Valley was known as ‘The Dale of The Goyt’. Written in 1908, this poem describes the natural beauty which inspired poets, writers, photographers and painters.

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Fatal accident on the C&HPR

A collision between two trains on the Cromford & High Peak Railway left one man dead and the other seriously injured. It also spelled the end of passengers being taken along the route.

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The Cat & Fiddle Inn

The Cat & Fiddle Inn lay on the edge of Samuel Grimshawe’s Errwood Estate, close to the source of the River Goyt. I’ve just published a fascinating collection of old postcards showing the pub.

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Clearing the rhododendrons

The Forestry Commission is clearing a lot of the rhododendrons from the valley. They say they’re both invasive and diseased. I just hope they don’t clear too many as I love to see them in full bloom.

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Edward ‘Strephon’ Bradbury

Strephon’s articles describing his travels in the Goyt Valley in the early 1880s are very popular. It’s a very Victorian style, but well worth the effort. Mike has managed to discover some facts about the author.

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Mystery stones

Dennis wonders whether anyone might know why five stones, some of which are crudely carved with numbers, lie on the side of Shooters Clough. Could they be the graves of favourite gun dogs?

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Goyt’s Bridge in 1853

Recently discovered in the Devonshire Collection at Chatsworth House; the earliest detailed map of Goyt’s Bridge, dated 1853. Drawn some 10 years after the completion of Errwood Hall.

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Errwood Hall bridge

An 1880 report of a trip to Errwood Hall mentions a ‘lovers’ walk high above the carriageway’. But where was this scenic walk? And was there a bridge that has now been lost?

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The ‘Final exodus’

The last families to leave the Goyt Valley packed all their belongings on to lorries and horse-drawn carts in March 1936. I’m trying to trace their names, and the homes they once lived in.

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Tracing Mr T.B. Hibbert

Trying to resolve the riddle of the Goyt’s Bridge tea room sign; we find Tommy Hibbert in the census returns – but it doesn’t help cast much light upon the mystery!

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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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Is this Old Goyt’s Lane?

A recently discovered photo from the 1930s seems to show Old Goyt’s Lane, and prove that cars were capable of tackling what seems a steep and difficult road. Or did it?

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Above: I think the two ladies peering shyly through the doorway are the Grimshawe sisters – Mary and Genevieve. It looks as though they were attending some kind of opening ceremony. But where and when I don’t know. If anyone can shed any light on the photo, please do get in touch.

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