Farm remains - with a view
This peaceful, tranquil spot was the site of Castedge Farm looking up Shooters Clough in a valley off the Goyt Valley. It was originally a sort of home farm and kitchen garden for Errwood Hall about quarter of a mile down the valley to the left. (More about the hall in a later posting). Just beyond the ruins, where there are two walled enclosures, was another cottage called Shooters Cottage. The occupants of this cottage at one time had an occupation you may not associate with such a tranquil, green valley - they were the hall's collier family. Not only did Errwood have a kitchen garden (the nearer of those enclosures) it also had its own coal mine. It was off shot to the left just down the valley of the Clough and difficult to see today. It extended some 1800 yards into that hillside at the left but was only four feet high in parts. It had its own little track along which tubs were pushed. It not only supplied the hall but the whole of the estate and was favoured by blacksmiths for its good "caking" properties. Little remains today any of homes or the quite considerable industries of this part of the Goyt Valley. It was once the eastern edge of Cheshire but early in the 1900's (about 1926, I think) the centuries old boundary here was moved from the bed of the Goyt (off left) to the skyline above the right. Today it is Derbyshire and part of the Peak District National Park.