Gerald Hancock, author of ‘Goyt Valley Romance’ – and sadly no longer with us – kindly allowed me to scan his collection of Goyt Valley photos when I first started this website back in 2010.
The photos were very much the inspiration for my research into the history of the valley. I’ve always enjoyed trying to trace the various buildings and people captured in the images.
One photo has always particularly intrigued me. Gerald captioned it ‘The Bottom Lodge; Mrs Pickup kept a shop here’. But I’ve never managed to find where it was located.
I’ve just finished creating a number of ‘then & now’ fades of the Goyt, all the way from Goyt’s Moss in the south to Taxal in the north (click to view). And I noticed a building marked ‘Lodge’ close to the village of Fernilee.
Then & now fade
I’ve created this fade between the 1888 map with today’s satellite view of the same area today. (Unfortunately, you won’t be able to see this on most smart phones.)
The building lay at the end of the lane leading from the gunpowder mill up to the Long Hill road between Buxton and Whaley Bridge. The factory is just out of the frame at bottom left. The northern edge of Fernilee Reservoir is visible at the bottom of the satellite view.
(For anyone interested in the route of the Cromford & High Peak Railway line, fading between the views highlights the track as it heads north to Whaley Bridge.)
Today the lane is used to access the car park at the northern end of Fernilee Reservoir. But I don’t think there’s any building at the top today. I no longer live close to the valley, so can’t easily check. But I’d be grateful for any help from anyone who could take a look. (Simply leave a comment below.)
I may be completely wrong about the building. It could be situated somewhere else entirely. But I believe the Grimshawe family used this lane as their main route coming and going from their Errwood Estate. And it does look like a typical Victorian-style gatehouse.
So my guess is that it could fit the bill. But I said the same about the shrine on Goyt’s Lane. And I was completely wrong about that! If anyone knows about the building, please leave a comment below. Or send me a message.