Goyt Valley website update: June 2018
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Website update: October 2018

Many thanks for signing up to receive updates on my Goyt Valley website.  The last update went out in June. Here's a selection of posts since then. Click any heading to view. I hope you enjoy them.
John & Hannah Butler
Captain John Butler has always fascinated me. He was the Master of the Grimshawe’s ocean-going yacht, The Mariquita, and is buried in the hill-top cemetery above the ruins of Errwood Hall. (Posted June 19th.)
Visiting the Cat & Fiddle (1888)
“A carriage from Buxton passes us just before we reach the Cat and Fiddle. Its inmates, although covered with shawls and rugs, are shivering with cold. (The date is the 4th of May, 1888.)” (Posted June 23rd.)
Hearts of oak
“One by one the farmers and their families have strapped their ancient bedsteads on to hay wagons, and tracked off up the lane leading out from Derbyshire’s deceased village of Fernilee…” (Posted July 10th.)
Goyt Valley Story #1
The first chapter of Clifford Rathbone’s ‘Goyt Valley Story’ describes a walk he made in the summer of 1955 from the Cat & Fiddle to Goyt’s Bridge, before the flooding of Errwood Reservoir. (Posted August 14th.)
Goytsclough waterwheel
Was there once a giant waterwheel at Goytsclough that was reputed to be the second largest in the world? It seems more than a little unlikely, but I’m trying to discover the facts. (Posted September 11th.)
Fernilee from the air (1934)
A 1934 aerial view of the Fernilee Reservoir construction site reveals some fascinating detail, including the ruins of the Gunpowder Mill, as well as the line of the old Cromford & High Peak Railway. (Posted October 8th.)
Hidden features revealed
The record-breaking temperatures during the summer of 2018 saw the water levels drop significantly in both reservoirs. These photos show some of the features that will soon vanish once again. (Posted October 9th.)
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