Goyt Valley website update: May 2019
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Website update: May 2019

Many thanks for signing up to receive updates on my Goyt Valley website. I must admit that I got slightly obsessed with the story of the William Wood Murder Stone, which lies close to the valley, on the back road between Disley and Whaley Bridge. There was so much information that I decided to split it into a number of parts. But I didn't realise that there would be quite so many! 
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1. The Murder Stone
This small, stone memorial, on the back road between Whaley Bridge and Disley, commemorates William Wood who was murdered at this very spot nearly two centuries ago. It’s a gruesome tale! (Posted May 2nd)
Grimshawe vault sealed
'Mr Oyarzibel took the opportunity of denying the stories that the bodies of the Grimshaws in the vault are embalmed in glass-topped coffins, and that the corpses still wear gold watch chains…' (Posted May 2nd)
Taxal Bridge
A photo captioned ‘View of footbridge over stream (possibly Goyt Valley) c.1854’ was a fascinating find. But identifying where it once stood wasn’t so easy. Could it have been the one over the Goyt at Taxal? (Posted May 11th)
2. Innocent or guilty
Did 17-year-old Joseph Dale, described in court as “a very peaceable, quiet lad, always good tempered and kind to his family”, pay the ultimate price for a murder he did not commit? (Posted May 13th)
3. The inquest
“On Saturday week, an Inquest was held at the Cock Inn, Whaley, on the body of this unfortunate man, who was found barbarously murdered on the old road from Disley to Whaley-Bridge…” (Posted Apr 10th)
4. The chase
“…a suspicion arose that these three fellows had been concerned in the deed, and upon examining their old cloathes, they were found much stained with blood.” (Posted May 14th)
Air crash remains
Two small wooden crosses standing over a collection of metal machinery, close to Shining Tor, commemorate a tragic air accident that occurred at this very spot in March 1944. (Posted May 15th)
5. Suspects lost & found
17-year-old murder suspect, Charles Taylor, is securely locked behind the grim walls of Manchester’s New Bailey Prison. He uses his stockings and gaiters to escape justice. (Posted May 16th)
6. The trial begins
The trial of Joseph Dale for the murder of William Wood took place at Chester Castle. One of his co-accused had already hung himself. The other was still at large. Dale pleaded not guilty. (Posted May 17th)
7. Macclesfield witnesses
The story of the brutal murder of William Wood on the road between Disley and Whaley Bridge now moves to Macclesfield, where Joseph Dale and his two co-accused fled on the following day. (Posted Apr 26th)
8. The verdict
'The prisoner heard the awful decision without any apparent emotion; and shortly afterwards a glass of water or lemonade was brought, which he drank off at a draught.' (Posted May 19th)
9. Judgement of death
'When the concluding words of “the Lord have mercy on your soul” were pronounced, the prisoner looked fervently up to Heaven, and in a trembling voice said “Amen”.' (Posted May 20th)
10. The execution
‘…he observed, with a smile upon his countenance, “This is an easy way to get to Heaven.” He was then led towards the drop, which he surveyed with undiminished firmness.’ (Posted May 21st)
Magic lantern slides
A couple of ‘magic-lantern’ slides taken in the valley around the 1920s. One of ladies crossing the stepping stones in Goyt’s Bridge. The other a group of children sharing a picnic.(Posted May 23rd.)
The packhorse bridge
A wonderful painting of the packhorse bridge captures the picturesque beauty of the Goyt Valley. It now spans the Goyt about a mile upstream, where it was moved in 1965. (Posted May 27th.)
'Gruesome' memorial
‘…it was not in keeping with the spirit of the times that so public a reminder of such a gruesome event should exist, and that it acted as a deterrent to persons of a timid nature going there.’ (Posted May 30th.)
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