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.
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!read more
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?read more
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?read more
Mary, the last of the Grimshawes, took such offence at the desecration of St Joseph’s Shrine that she closed public access to the entire grounds of the Errwood Estate.read more
Now lying under Errwood Reservoir, Goyt’s Bridge was once an idyllic spot, attracting visitors from far and wide. But what of its history before the tourists arrived? Old maps can offer a few clues…read more
Teams of up to 40 sturdy packhorses came through Goyt’s Bridge, carrying everything from salt and coal to stone and cloth. But even small rivers could prove a serious hazard…read more
A mile or two southwest of Jenkin Chapel stands an intriguing stone memorial to John Turner. But who was the mysterious lady who left a single footprint beside his frozen body?read more
The construction of the twin reservoirs of Fernillee and Errwood changed the face of the Goyt Valley landscape. But in many ways the farmers’ loss was our gain. Local historian Norman Brierley tells the story…read more
Looking isolated and forgotten, Jenkin Chapel has always intrigued me. It lies between Pym Chair and the village of Rainbow, and at the meeting point of three ancient trackways.read more
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.