Above: This 1888 OS map shows that Goyt’s Bridge changed very little between then and the early ’30s when this photo was taken.
The green arrow shows the direction of view. Goytshead Farm is opposite, and was a popular spot for afternoon teas.
The packhorse bridge is below the farm, spanning Wildmoorestone Brook, just before it flows into the River Goyt.
The bridge survived until the mid ’60s, when it was dismantled and moved further upstream. Click here for more photos and information on the bridge.
This is another photo from Stockport Council’s image archive. It shows a rare view of Goyt’s Bridge. It would have been taken in the early 1930s, shortly before the buildings were demolished during the construction of Fernilee Reservoir to the north.
Above: Click to enlarge the photo.
It’s just possible to make out the word ‘Teas’ on the corner of the farm building on the left, with an arrow pointing left – presumably to an entrance door.
I know that teas were served to visitors at both farms (click for more information). But by the time this photo was taken, it looks like Goytsbridge Farm tearoom had moved to this building on the opposite side of Goyt’s Lane.
Derbyshire can be fairly drab and grey in winter. And this black and white view with its bare trees and muddy tracks doesn’t look like the kind of place to attract tourists.
Also, the photo would have been taken just before all the buildings were torn down. So there wouldn’t have been much incentive to keep it looking attractive for visitors.