North York Moors CAM
Sunday 9th July 2000
( weather: showers & dull )
( and 'Last of the Summer Wine' )
Holmfirth is situated in the Holme Valley, West Yorkshire, just north of the Peak District National Park
The town's early
development is tied to textiles - moorland sheep, fast flowing
streams and rivers, weavers' cottages
and impressive mills bear testimony to the tradition of producing some of the world's finest woollen yarns and cloths.
Today, local firms still supply materials to some of the top names in the fashion world.
From the centre of
Holmfirth, narrow alleys or 'ginnels' climb steeply to weavers'
with gift and craft shops attracting the many visitors
Here's the local cobbler's shop
For many people it
is 'Last of the Summer Wine' that first makes them aware of Holmfirth.
Certainly this popular, long running TV series (on screen for over 27 years) has put the town
firmly on the map
Here we see 'Sid's Cafe' (in the courtyard by the church) with a model of 'Compo' stood outside
A typical Yorkshire mill town view - only this time looking towards Nora Batty's house
Here's the famous steps up to Nora and Compo's 'homes' and, next door, the 'Wrinkled Stocking Tearoom'
Nora's house (left) is a private dwelling, whilst in Compo's home (right) is an exhibition dedicated to the series
There is far more
to Holmfirth than the TV series though. This was my first visit
and although the weather
wasn't very kind today I would love to walk the surrounding hills and moors another day
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