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The Cat and Fiddle Inn, near Buxton
Cat and Fiddle in winter

The Cat and Fiddle Inn is one of those places everyone knows about, in part because it is so high above sea level and has stunning views. It is also renowned for the severe winters and deep snow it sometimes endures, when the road is impassable and the inn is cut off. This postcard shows the inn surrounded by deep snowdrifts; various innkeepers will have provided shelter for many a stranded traveller over the years.

The inn has long attracted visitors. The following has been extracted from a 1912 directory about Buxton: "two miles further on [from Axe Edge] is the "Cat and Fiddle," a wayside public house, much frequented by visitors on account of the extensive views to be obtained in the neighbourhood ; wagonettes run to both these places from Buxton several times daily[1]". Thirty five years later, one of the contributors to Mee's "Derbyshire" wrote "A fine moorland walk of five miles from Buxton takes us to the Cat and Fiddle in Cheshire, one of the highest inns in England, 1700 feet above the sea, with views over the great plain of Cheshire, with the Mersey on the horizon, into Staffordshire and Lancashire, and to the Welsh Hills[2]".

The inn is next to the A537 which runs between Buxton in Derbyshire and Macclesfield in Cheshire; these days the road is sadly renowned for the number of accidents, mostly involving motor cyclists.

Postcard in the collection of, provided by and © Ann Andrews Intended for personal use only
Published by Valentine's Postcards (A Real Photograph). To be obtained only at the Cat and Fiddle Inn, near Buxton.
32-1 is in the section marked for the stamp. Not posted.


[1] Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire, 1912, Buxton entry.

[2] Mee, Arthur (ed.) (1937) "Derbyshire: The Peak Country",The King's England Series, Hodder and Stoughton Limited, London

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