Presentation on theme: "A selection of photos of Last of the Summer Wine country, taken on a recent visit to Holmfirth. Note that it was raining non-stop throughout the entire."— Presentation transcript:
A selection of photos of Last of the Summer Wine country, taken on a recent visit to Holmfirth. Note that it was raining non-stop throughout the entire day, so it was a constant battle against raindrops on the lens and condensation!
1V1V 2V2V The view over the Holmfirth – Huddersfield – Mirfield Areas from the top of Holme Moss. Castle Hill is just visible below the first marker, with Huddersfield in the hollow to the left of it, and Holmfirth in front of Huddersfield. Mirfield is behind and to the right of Castle Hill. Just visible below the second marker is the Emley Moor TV mast. The Holme Moss TV mast is about 100 metres to the left of where I am standing to take the photo!
Ladybower Reservoir on the Snake Pass over the Pennines, in the Peak District.
The White Horse, Jackson Bridge, Holmfirth, which has featured prominently in all the series of Last of the Summer Wine. We spent two nights here, our room being the right hand upstairs window in the “extension” on the left, accessed via the black door below – i.e. without having to go through the pub.
The view from our back window at the White Horse.
A more general view of the White Horse, with the houses of Norman Clegg and Howard and Pearl above. It never stopped raining from when we woke up to when we went to bed that day!
The River Holme, running through the centre of Holmfirth, with a Heron looking for his lunch.
Richard Calvert with a Dennis Dart, having just pulled out of Holmfirth Bus Station. Sue says can’t we go anywhere without coming across a bus or coach driver you know!
The view along the River Holme. Nora’s and Compo’s houses are just off to the right of picture.
The infamous Nora Batty’s house – which apparently is now available as a holiday let!
The infamous wellies at the foot of the steps up to Nora’s and Compo’s houses.
The steps leading up to Nora’s (blue door) and Compo’s (below) houses.
The entrance to Compo’s house, now home to the Last of the Summer Wine Exhibition.
Compo’s living room is now part of the Last of the Summer Wine exhibition. Designed by the late Bill Owen, it contains numerous photographs, memorabilia and props from the series, as can be seen here.
A selection of props from various episodes.
A further selection of props from the show.
More memorabilia and props – including Compo’s famous matchbox!
A typical narrow street in Holmfirth.
The centre of Holmfirth, with the Parish Church on the left of the picture.
Sid’s Café – which now really is a café! It was formerly a Fish & Chip shop, but when the show started, in 1973, it was being used as a store room by the hardware shop next door. It was given a makeover for each film appearance, until the success of the TV series made it worthwhile for the owner to turn it into a real café! The Parish Church is immediately to the left.
Wesley and Edie’s (with the porch), and the road to Wesley’s shed.
The village of Marsden was the setting for almost as many outdoor scenes as Holmfirth, with this building – the Library and Mechanics Hall – being seen in the background on several occasions.
Still in Marsden, and many scenes were filmed on this picturesque stretch with the River Colne in the background.
The same area, but looking in the opposite direction.
The Railway public house, again in Marsden, appeared in the show from time to time.
Standedge Tunnels. Engineering masterpieces, with the railway tunnel and canal tunnel (entrance not visible, but roughly behind where the train is) under the Pennines, with the River Colne diverted to go over the top. The canal tunnel is the longest and highest in Britain. There are actually two further, earlier, railway tunnels, now disused, to the left of the current one. All four tunnels are linked by cross passages, which allowed the rail tunnels to be constructed more quickly by removing the waste via the canal. The canal basin, behind the trees in the right, has featured in several episodes, but was not accessible due to the excessively wet conditions!
A stone railway viaduct. This particular one is in Slaithwaite, but viaducts such as these, including many much larger than this, were common across this part of the country until Dr Beeching swung his axe.
Slaithwaite, again also used for outdoor canal-side scenes
Slaithwaite, and the funeral home (right) where Nora Batty et al were seen coming to pay their last respects to Compo after his death.
Holmfirth Methodist Church has featured heavily right from the very first episode in 1973, though you will be more familiar with it in its guise when decked out as the Library.
Finally, back to the White Horse, and the view from the back window after a day of non-stop rain, in comparison with the earlier shot in Slide 5 (inset).