North York Moors CAM

Sunday 9th July 2000

( weather: showers & dull )

Holmfirth

( 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' cottages,
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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