More about Errwood Hall and the Grimshaws

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R. Stephenson-Smythe

#1241 More about Errwood Hall and the Grimshaws

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Hello Norm,

As you know, well better than anyone, Errwood Hall, as a topic, was a major thread on the WB forum. I have quite a bit of unseen info about the Hall and I'll put it on here and, if you will be so kind, you can add it to a more complete history on this fine site.

I shall begin shortly.

R. S-S



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We already have the Macclesfield paper describing how the gamekeeper shot and killed a burglar at Errwood Hall and then the following week saying it had reported a pack of lies.
The following are all newspaper reports but whether true or not, you must decide.
They are vthe actual newspaper reports though.

R. S-S

Buxton Advertiser

10 July 1872

Errwood Hall.

Notice is hereby given that the Grounds at Errwood Hall will be closed to the Public from this date until further notice.


High Peak News

30 August 1873

Fetes at Errwood Hall.

During the present week, the splendid mansion of Samuel Grimshaw, Esq., a Roman Catholic gentleman, which is called Errwood Hall, and is situate among the hills about four miles from Buxton and 5 from Whaley Bridge, has been the scene of festive gatherings on a very large scale, which have been held to celebrate the coming of age of his two daughters, Mary and Genevieve. Many guests were invited to the splendid banquets held every day, commencing on Monday last, and which were to be concluded by a grand ball on Friday evening. On Monday Lady Herbert paid them a visit, and the same day the Bishops of Shrewsbury and Salford. Solemn high mass was celebrated on Tuesday morning, in the chapel at the Hall. On Wednesday there were sports in a field near the Hall Lodge, when prizes were given for donkey races, pig races, &c. Everybody in the neighbourhood were invited, and refreshment was freely provided for all comers. A more lengthy notice will be given next week.



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Buxton Advertiser

30 August 1873

Errwood Hall.

During the week Errwood Hall, the picturesque seat of S. Grimshawe, Esq., has been the scene of great festivities in honour of the coming of age of the Misses Grimshawe.
On Wednesday the tenantry were invited to dinner, when there were rural sports in the park, consisting of donkey races, sack races, &c. &c.
The greatest good humour and hilarity prevailed, and all appreciated thoroughly the bountiful hospitality of their genial host.


High Peak News

6 September 1873

Festival at Errwood Hall.

On Wednesday the coming of age of the daughters of S. Grimshaw, Esq., of Errwood Hall, was celebrated by giving a treat to all their tenants and others. Prizes were offered for the different games, such as donkey race, hurdle race, foot race, and sack race. Also a pig chase, the pig to become the property of the person lucky enough to catch it. After the sports a sumptuous spread was laid out in a marquee on the ground.
Dancing was the principal attraction for the rest of the evening
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Now these people knew how to throw a party. I can't remember going to a pig chace recently.



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Sorry about some of the missing text below.


Goyt's Clough.

As was noticed in our last week's issue, a grand celebration, or rather a series of feasts, were held at the magnificent residence of Samuel Grimshaw, Esq., at Errwood Hall, situated at a spot called Goyt's Clough. The place is reached from Whaley Bridge, by the Buxton Turnpike Road, past Fernilee, near where there are placed park gates, proceeding by a good carriage road down the valley, the gunpowder works of Williamson & Co., are close by, and during last week, were decorated with flags and bunting of every description and colour, which were flying in the slight breeze.
Turning round an angle, the road was marked by a flagstaff, and proceeding through a shady road in the wood and copses abounding in the valley and open field, the road at length leads to the hall lodge, a large block of buildings, comprising a farm house and outbuildings upon a large scale, the road again winds through one of the most splendid mountain walks.
On one side is the babbling brook, leaping over miniature waterfalls and mossy beds, and on the other sides of both, the rhododendrons luxuriate in profusion.
The hall is suddenly visible upon turning another angle. It is built of stone, of a fine style with large and lofty rooms, and a splendid Roman Catholic Chapel for the use of the family and servants. The scenery around is of the wildest description, the bleak moors and high hills, with here and there a pasture field, presenting a prospect at once picturesque as well as awfully grand. Almost hidden from view the hall is in the distance, with the woods at its rear, and surrounded by the same, it appears almost shut out from communication with the rest of the world.
The Goyt, afterwards called "The Mersey," has its rise near the spot where its progress is seen, as being only a limpid dancing brooklet. It has two branches which join below the hall.
The Cromford and High Peak Railway passes, on the opposite hill side, and small farm houses, dotted here and there, lend a charm to the scene, As previously noticed, the feast was to celebrate the coming of age of two damsels, Mary and Genevieve, and on Monday the Lord Bishops of Salford and Shrewsbury were visitors, and on Tuesday held solemn high mass in the splendid chapel of the hall. On Wednesday athletic sports, and a grand gala was held in the field near the lodge. A large tent, where refreshments of all kinds could be had for nothing was provided.
A large number of persons from the neighbourhood consequently attended. A chase took place, the little pig with the tail becoming the property of the catcher: James Lawton, jun., after a most ----- became the owner. A donkey race took place, there were eight entries, the prize being taken by T. ------ Yeardsley hall. A sack race ------ the sack, also took place. ------ the order of the day. On ----- ball took place at the hall ------- most brilliant assembly ------- Buxton visitors being ------- appear to have been ----- the most lavish expen---- ----- thorough enjoyment-----the generosity of Errwood Hall Estate.



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Glossopdale Chronicle

6 September 1873

Festival at Errwood Hall.

On Wednesday the coming of age of the daughters of S. Grimshaw Esq., of Errwood Hall, was celebrated by giving a treat to all their tenants and others. Prizes were offered for the different games, such as donkey race, hurdle race, foot race and sack race. Also a pig chase, the pig to become the property of the person lucky enough to catch it. After the sports a sumptuous spread was laid out in a marquee on the ground. Dancing was the principal attraction for the rest of the evening.



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Buxton Advertiser

26 June 1875

Errwood :

The glorious display of rhododendrons at Erwood is not yet quite over, and those who have not visited this delightful place should do so without delay.


Buxton Advertiser

1 September 1875

Errwood Moor, near Buxton.

Mr W.B. Paget, Mr T. Brooks and friends, shot in eight days 857 grouse, 19 black game, 58 sundries. (TheField.)



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Buxton Advertiser

13 September 1879

Cardinal Manning at Errwood Hall

Cardinal Manning is at present on a visit to S. Grimshaw, Esq., Errwood Hall, situate between Buxton and Whaley Bridge. The Cardinal arrived at Whaley Bridge by train on Tuesday afternoon.



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Buxton Advertiser

22 January 1881

Grand performance at Errwood Hall.

On Monday evening, the residents of Errwood Hall, the seat of Samuel Grimshawe Esq., J.P., were entertained in a very pleasing manner by the performance of a piece by the school children, who had been taught for the purpose by the Misses Grimshawe and the School Mistress. There was quite a number of spectators present who had been invited to see the play. A miniature stage was erected, and a number of scenes produced to give effect to the various acts in the play. The dresses of the performers were also made with such taste, skill, and completion of effect that the spectacle presented was exceedingly charming and good. Besides the members of Mr Grimshawe’s family, there were Miss Gaskell, the Rev. Father Lucas, and the Rev. Father M’Cullagh. The piece performed was “Calypso, the Queen of Ogygra,” a burlesque. The principal characters were Calypso (Mary Lomas), Mentor (Anne Hibbert), Venus (Nellie Hibbert), Eucharis (Emma Phelps), Telemachus (Richard Phelps), Neptune (James Lomas), Cupid (William Lomas). There were also a number of nymphs and cupids; in all, about fourteen performers. Scene first opened with a view of the Island of Ogygra, a ship in the offing, and a fine lighthouse on a rock, and some beautiful trees on the shore. The action of Neptune and Calypso was very effective, and their costume was also neatly got to suit the scene and the portion enacted. Mentor and Venus, the former of whom appeared in the closing scene as Minerva, with all the performers, were also remarkably good. The other scenes were : Scene second, “Morning room in the Palace of Venus, in the Island of Cyprus.” Scene third, “Calypso’s grotto” was effectively displayed, in the representation of the piece. A ballet followed. Scene fourth presented the “Pleasure grounds in the Island of Ogygra,” a beautiful scene. “The Sea Shore” was another scene. A beautiful boat, and being wrecked, the escape of Telemachus and Eucharis from the wreck, various plots and counter-plots, with reconcilliations and other adjuncts to the performance, were given. The dialogues, and songs and musical selections, and the beautiful coloured fire illuminations, rendered the whole performance exceedingly pretty and effective. The young performers, by their excellent adaptation of the plots assigned to them, reflect much credit on those who had taken such pains to train them so well.



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Buxton Advertiser

7 April 1883

Marriage from Errwood Hall.


The marriage of two servants of Samuel Grimshawe, Esq., J.P., Errwood Hall, via Whaley Bridge, has been the event of the day in the annals of that unusually quiet neighbourhood.
The happy couple was Mons, Claud Soyer, the French cook, and Miss Hicky, one of the maids at the Hall.
They were united together in wedlock within the precincts of St. Mary’s Roman Catholic church, New Mills, on Wednesday morning, whither bride and bridegroom were conveyed in some conveyances from Errwood Hall, and one from the Jodrell Arms Hotel, Whaley Bridge. They were married by a priest, who is a friend of Mr Grimshawe. The bridal party were very nicely attired. After the ceremony they returned to Errwood, where the feast was kept up during the day.




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It's the end for Samuel Grimshawe.



Buxton Advertiser

12 May 1883

The late Samuel Grimshaw, Esq., J.P., of Errwood Hall, Buxton, was comparatively unknown in public life for the last few years of his existence.
Although the head of the Buxton magisterial bench, his health would not permit of his participation in any fatiguing work, such as that which the administration of the law entails.
Several decades ago however, he had to encounter tasks in the discharge of his duties as a Stockport justice, which were of an unpleasant and complicated description; and it was his province to act during the Stockport riots when the Catholics of the town were mobbed, and their church burnt down.
In private life Mr Grimshawe was of a generous disposition, his object being “to do good by stealth.”




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Buxton Advertiser

26 May 1883

Solemn Requiem Services at Errwood Hall.

On Monday evening last, a specially solemn service was held in the private chapel at Errwood Hall, near Whaley Bridge, when the widow and family of the late Samuel Grimshawe, Esq., J.P., and the domestics, &c., attended.
The Right Rev. Dr Knight, Lord Bishop of Shrewsbury, officiated. A recital of the matins and lauds, or services according to the Roman Catholic faith, took place ; and on Tuesday morning mass began at seven o’clock, and was again celebrated at ten o’clock. The Miserere Requiem, or service for the dead, was celebrated in a very solemn manner.
The celebrant was the Right Rev. Dr Knight, Bishop of Shrewsbury, the Rev. Mons. Croskell, Father Burn (of Flint), Father Lawless (of Manchester), Father Robinson (of Stockport), Father Prendergast (of New Mills), and other priests took part in the proceedings.
The body of the deceased, which had been lying in the small chapel on Chronicle Hill, was temporarily placed in the vault prepared for it until the proposed mausoleum tomb is erected.


That is the only time I have heard the mound described as Chronicle Hill.
R. S-S



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Buxton Advertiser

2 March 1889

Mrs Grimshaw and family left Errwood on Tuesday, by Midland Railway, for London. Mrs Grimshaw purposes adjourning for a while at her town residence.



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Buxton Advertiser

23 March 1889

building operations. A new farm house is about to be erected at Shaw Stile, Fernilee, for Mrs Grimshaw, of Errwood Hall. The builder is Mr David Drinkwater, and the joinery work will be undertaken by Mr Joseph Collier.



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High Peak News

19 January 1895

A dinner party was given a few days since by Miss Grimshaw to the tenants on the Erwood estate and tradesmen of Whaley Bridge. There were about 90 guests, and a sumptuous repast was provided in the Dining Room. The dinner was preceded by a magic lantern entertainment, the exhibitors being Eastwood & Son, of Manchester. The views comprised the Prince of Wales’s visit to India. After dinner dancing was indulged in until 3 o’clock in the morning. Miss Grimshaw and Thomas Braddock, the gamekeeper, led off the dance. The company included Captain the Hon. and Mrs Preston, and Miss Gaskell of Ingersley Hall
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#1301 Re: More about Errwood Hall and the Grimshaws

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R.S.S. I always read your posts on the Goyt Valley with great interest.Your latest offering was special due to the fact you mention Thomas Braddock who was my great grandfather,you have provided me with a little more information on my family past.I look forward to your future posts on the Valley. Thank you Rick Braddock.



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