|Director : John Schlesinger Production Company : Vic Films Productions Limited Region : NORTH|
A young man, inching his way up from working-class traditions via a white-collar job, finds himself trapped by the frightening reality of his girlfriend's pregnancy and is forced into marrying her and moving in with his mother-in-law due to a housing shortage in their Northern England town.
My name is Simon Hopes residing in Manchester about 3 miles from where a lot of the film A Taste of Honey was shot. Mostly filmed in Manchester are all predominately taken in the Miles Platting which is right on the edge of the city centre hemmed in by the city and the areas of Clayton and Beswick. I've discovered quite a few that are still there and I hope to take some "now" stills very soon.
Just to start the ball rolling the shot toho11c was filmed on Cambrian Street off Ashton new road and is [at the moment], untouched from the days of filming.
A lot of the canal scenes attributed to the ship canal on the stills aren't the ship canal at all. They were filmed on the canal that runs through the above districts. Most were filled in during the 60's, but incredibally have been re-opened in the last few years and are [of course] on the same route. If you look closely you can see the differance on some shots because the canal is only so wide and not capable of fitting a ship on.
The gasommeters on the stills were located on Bradford Road in Miles Platting on land very close to where Manchester City's new City of Manchester stadium is now. Only one survives, the others [the taller ones] were demolished in the mid 90's.
This area was also used to film scenes in "A Kind of Loving" - the scene wear Vic runs away from his sister's new house to be with Ingrid [I think], the 60's maisonette where it was filmed is still there, minus it's top floor and the mill in the background with a castellated tower is the only one of originally 4 that was not burned to the ground,[I should know, I'm a fireman].
Like I say, soon when I have leave, I'll take some shots and send them in.
One last thing,so little has changed in parts of the area that "Life on Mars", the 1970's themed drama, was filmed in certain locations that were also used on "A Taste of Honey".
This information was provided by Cliff Bray: The Football Match was at Burnden Park Bolton, and featured Bolton Wanderers Vs Sheffield Utd. Burnden Park was demolished and is now a retail park. I worked in Radcliffe at East Lacashire Paper Mill and watched some of the scenes being shot espescialy the ones in Coronation Park Radcliffe. They employed the fire brigade to simulate the rain when Vic meets Ingrid at the Park Gates. The still Kl019 is on the Bank of the River Irwell at Radcliffe. The Cotton mill in the left background was on Church st East as was the other factory which is the East Lancashire Paper Mill, both now demolished. Pioneer Mill which is the smaller of the two chimneys just by Vics head is still standing so the now photo sent in by Brian Kl019n is correct the jury on this one can now rest, I suspect that Brian took this photo from Radcliffe New Road. By way of a coincidence Coronation Park was used in a T.V production of A Kind of Loving starring Joanne Whalley and Clive Wood. Thanks Cliff.
Have a look at the "youtube.com" site where you will find some interesting information regarding some of these locations. Alex.
Paul Hibbert has provided the following information and detail regarding his location identification of kl029an.
The large rectangular mill in the right foreground of the still is now a Travelodge. Buxton Road climbs out of Waters Green to the top right of the picture. The smoke from the steam engine is obscuring what would be the famous Arighi Bianchi furniture store that was established in 1854 and still run by the Bianchi family. Paul goes on to qualify the still location as from the top of Step Hill to one side of Sparrow Park looking down on Gas Road. In addition he advises that the railway line shown is between the former Macclesfield Hibel Road Station (now demolished) and the former Macclesfield Central Station, now Macclesfield Railway Station.
Paul has a "close" association with this film as he and his family were rehoused in February 1957 from the Beswick district of Manchester where some of the film was shot to this area in Macclesfield.
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A Kind of Loving [DVD] 
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