A filming location question

and7barton

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#1
I now have a pretty extensive list of the shooting locations for LOSW - But one particular location still eludes me - That is the short section of canal and a bridge that has been seen in a number of episodes, for instance - in "Just a Small funeral" - where the Truly and Clegg are seen at a nearby "Co-op Funeral Services". I had assumed it was Meltham or some other nearby town but I can't locate it. Can anyone help ?
 

Marianna

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#4
Thanks from me, too. In a few episodes, the boys go to a pub called the Shoulder of Mutton, but the exterior wasn't the one in Holmfirth, so I had wondered where it was. In walking in Google Earth around the area of the funeral parlor, I spotted it just across the green space.
 
#5
Also Thanks from me , when you step further along Old Bank past the Shoulder of Mutton in Google Maps eventually you get to O Blackburn Menswear where they also filmed . Whilst we know a lot of the show was shot in Holmfirth, Marsden , Jackson Bridge and out near New Mill clearly when a story demanded it they sought out locations like Slaithwaite as it must have suited the story line [and perhaps permission to film was easier to obtain. I have wondered what the process is for seeking out and getting permission to film] .
 

maltrab

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#6
Also Thanks from me , when you step further along Old Bank past the Shoulder of Mutton in Google Maps eventually you get to O Blackburn Menswear where they also filmed . Whilst we know a lot of the show was shot in Holmfirth, Marsden , Jackson Bridge and out near New Mill clearly when a story demanded it they sought out locations like Slaithwaite as it must have suited the story line [and perhaps permission to film was easier to obtain. I have wondered what the process is for seeking out and getting permission to film] .
I have suggested to Alan Bell he writes another book, with the more technical side of filming, covering locations,permissions and stories that go with with the problems of filming,simple things like why did he choose that spot or house
 
#9
I still live in hope that Mike will find some time in his busy schedule to purvey some of his stories about his time with the show that I am sure will release some little gems of information not only about the characters but also about the filming .
 

Adanor

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#10
The home movies, which are hopefully still on UTube, yield lots of information in terms of filming. You can see how they went about filming, actors foibles, and those camera tracks that got on Brian Wilde's nerves. Also Alan Bell operated in the realm of serendipity. He stated in his book that many times he just happened to find filming locations, actors, and even donkeys. He would be driving around and suddenly realize that a certain spot would be perfect. He went to see a play and found Sara Thomas. He (or someone else) was driving around and saw a donkey in a field.
 
#11
Thank you for the information very much appreciated Adanor , presumably when Alan Bell found a location then if it were say a Farmer's field he would have to seek permission from the Farmer and of course potentially offer some compensation to allow filming to proceed. If that Farmer wasn't happy having his field or Farmyard invaded or there was a sizeable gap between what he thought BBC should pay and what was offered then Mr Bell and team would then have to search all over again , however as the BBC are extremely generous with our license fee I don't suppose the latter would apply very often .

I assume one of the Donkeys in the field was used for the General's Greatest Battle
 

Adanor

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#12
I believe that the donkey in question was being chased by Foggy and company prior to the discovery of Howard and Marina doing the tango. But I could be wrong.
 
#13
I thought it was perhaps the Donkey that Truly, Tom and co put the mannequin of the General on to "see what he looks like on a horse" after they pulled his leg off which then culminates in the General being kicked out of the field by the Donkey and sailing over the hedge to land near Clegg . Probably the first time the General has conceded on the Field of Battle and he didn't even save face
 
#14
Also Thanks from me , when you step further along Old Bank past the Shoulder of Mutton in Google Maps eventually you get to O Blackburn Menswear where they also filmed . Whilst we know a lot of the show was shot in Holmfirth, Marsden , Jackson Bridge and out near New Mill clearly when a story demanded it they sought out locations like Slaithwaite as it must have suited the story line [and perhaps permission to film was easier to obtain. I have wondered what the process is for seeking out and getting permission to film] .
Hoping Terry you can help I have just watched The Defeat of the Stoneworm and towards the end of the episode Compo is hired by the Tailor to catch a mouse that keeps running through his window [ the Tailor is of course Norris Fairburn in the later episode with Hobbo] . The location used for the shop is again O Blackburn . As the credits role the camera pans around to the other side of the road to show a tree lined roadside with an expanse of grass and a mixture of different buildings . When you look now on Streetview there are railings and what I assume is either a stream or even short stretch of canal adjacent to the road . I assume that this is a recent addition or certainly since they shot that episode . I wondered if you know what it is and when/why did they construct the waterway , thank you for any help .
 

maltrab

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#15
Hoping Terry you can help I have just watched The Defeat of the Stoneworm and towards the end of the episode Compo is hired by the Tailor to catch a mouse that keeps running through his window [ the Tailor is of course Norris Fairburn in the later episode with Hobbo] . The location used for the shop is again O Blackburn . As the credits role the camera pans around to the other side of the road to show a tree lined roadside with an expanse of grass and a mixture of different buildings . When you look now on Streetview there are railings and what I assume is either a stream or even short stretch of canal adjacent to the road . I assume that this is a recent addition or certainly since they shot that episode . I wondered if you know what it is and when/why did they construct the waterway , thank you for any help .
It seems it has been there a long time, but at one point it was closed and in some parts filled in,which is why it appears as a grass area in the episode, it seems after a fight, it was restored and reopened in 2001,found this info online

After 27 years of campaigning and restoration by the Huddersfield Canal Society, the canal was fully re-opened to navigation in 2001 when it again became one of three Pennine crossings, the others being the Rochdale and the Leeds and Liverpool (both broad canals). The canal is now entirely used by leisure boaters.

During the period of time when the canal was closed, several lengths were culverted and infilled and in some cases built over. Over the course of the restoration project, the vast majority of the obliterated line became available to be opened out again and the canal remains on a substantially identical alignment with some minor alterations
 

Marianna

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#16
It seems it has been there a long time, but at one point it was closed and in some parts filled in,which is why it appears as a grass area in the episode, it seems after a fight, it was restored and reopened in 2001,found this info online

After 27 years of campaigning and restoration by the Huddersfield Canal Society, the canal was fully re-opened to navigation in 2001 when it again became one of three Pennine crossings, the others being the Rochdale and the Leeds and Liverpool (both broad canals). The canal is now entirely used by leisure boaters.

During the period of time when the canal was closed, several lengths were culverted and infilled and in some cases built over. Over the course of the restoration project, the vast majority of the obliterated line became available to be opened out again and the canal remains on a substantially identical alignment with some minor alterations
Huddersfield Narrow Canal?
 
#17
Thank you so much for the information Terry it is very much appreciated and hats off to the Huddersfield Canal Society for their diligence and persistence to restore the heritage transport link.
 
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