Englishman Who Went Up A Hill But Came Down A Mountain, The

Date: 1995
Director: Christopher Monger
Production Company: Miramax Films, Parallax Pictures

Stars: Hugh Grant, Ian McNeice, Tara FitzGerald, Colm Meaney, Ian Hart, Robert Pugh, Kenneth Griffith, Ieuan Rhys
Location(s): Powys (Wales), Shropshire

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When an English cartographer tells a Welsh village that their mountain is only a hill, the outraged community sets out to make the hill higher.

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The names of the villagers are explained as the story is narrated. There was Williams the Petroleum (Robert Pugh).

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A set was constructed in the Market Square, Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant.

And Williams the Death.

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Park Street, Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant, Powys.

Evans the Bacon.

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Market Square in Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant. With many thanks to David Keegan and the staff at his butchers shop for their help in identifying some of the locations.

And Evans the End of the World (Fraser Cains).

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Church Street off Market Street in Llanrhaeadr.

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The Grandfather (Jack Walters) tells the tale of the longest name that the Young Boy (Harry Kretchmer) has ever heard, 'The Englishman Who Went Up A Hill But Came Down A Mountain'. Unidentified location.

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The story unfolds as cartographers Reginald Anson and George Garrad approach the village of Ffynnon Garw to measure the mountain.

Anson and Garrad pull up outside the village inn.

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The Plough in Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant, Powys, Wales.

Reverend Jones (Kenneth Griffith) bids farewell to his parishioners after service.

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The chapel is just along the street from the Plough Inn in Llanrhaeadr.

The villagers discuss the measuring of their mountain.

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Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant, Wales.

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Reginald Anson (Hugh Grant) and George Garrad (Ian McNeice) relax in the back garden of the inn.

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Morgan the Goat (Colm Meaney) suggests villagers that may become assistants. Supposedly at the back of the inn again but actually in another village.

Johnny Shellshocked stares at a tortoise outside his home as Morgan tries to persuade his sister that he should become an assistant.

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Looking over Afon Rhaeadr (River Rhaeadr) as it flows into the village of Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant. Behind the trees is Wern y Pandy.

Morgan talks with Blod Jones (Lisa Palfrey) as Johnny Shellshocked (Ian Hart) claps his hands at the tortoise.

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Wern y Pandy on Waterfall Street, Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant. With thanks to residents and local land owners for information leading to this site.

The Reverend makes his way to see Davies the School.

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School Terrace in Llangynog, Powys. With many thanks to butcher, David Keegan, who took me to the location whilst making a delivery.

Reverend Jones approaches the school.

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The former school in Llangynog, now converted into workshops.

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Thomas Twp (Tudor Vaughan) and Thomas Twp Too (Hugh Vaughan) approach the cartographers.

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Morgan looks on as the Twp brothers ask George and Reginald how they will measure the mountain.

Reverend Jones awaits the result of the measuring outside the inn.

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The Grandfather continues his story to the Young Boy.

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The gateway at the southern end of St Dogfan's Church yard.

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The Grandfather tells of the village men that worked and died in the mine. Unidentified location.

After Reginald announces to the village that the mountain is only a hill, the Reverend, Sergeant Thomas (Ieuan Rhys) and a constable call a meeting in the hall.

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Opposite the Plough Inn in Llanrhaeadr. The building was a set constructed for the film.

The villagers gather for the meeting where they decide to 'heighten' the hill and make Reginald and George measure it again.

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Looking from the Seion Chapel hall across the road towards the Plough Inn. Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant, Powys.

Reginald notices that the flagpole has been cut down after finding that the car has been sabotaged to prevent the cartographers from leaving.

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A few alterations at The Plough. Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant.

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Morgan loads his cart with goods to sell to the villagers as they carry earth up the hill. A currently unidentified location.

Morgan heads for Williams' garage.

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Church Street, Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant.

The cartographer's car is pushed into Williams the Petroleum's garage.

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Market Square, Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant.

The villagers dig soil and turf to carry up the hill.

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With thanks to the land owner for assisting with identification of the, now changed, background buildings.

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Tommy Twostroke rides on an errand for Morgan the Goat. Gavin Brain confirms that this is the driveway to Llangedwyn Hall from the B4396 in Llangedwyn.

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Tommy arrives at the house where Betty from Cardiff works. Llangedwyn Hall, Llangedwyn in Powys identified by villagers in Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant.

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Tommy Twostroke (Dafydd Wyn Roberts) tells Elizabeth (Tara Fitzgerald) that Morgan wants to see her right away. Unidentified location.

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When told that their car cannot be fixed, George and Reginald head for the railway station. Looking out of the Railway Station window towards the approach road. Hampton Loade, Shropshire.

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George enters the booking office where Thomas the Trains advises that there are no trains. Hampton Loade station on the Severn Valley Railway in Shropshire.

George and Reginald return to the inn.

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The junction of Market Street and Powys Terrace in Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant.

An elderly man watches until George and Reginald disappear into the inn before calling to the villagers to carry on hauling soil to the top of Ffynnon Garw.

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In front of the Chapel on Market Street, Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant.

Tommy arrives at the inn with Betty.

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Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant, Powys, Wales.

Reverend Jones looks to heaven as rain predicted by Thomas Twp begins to fall.

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Outside the Tabernacle Chapel on Powys Terrace, Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant.

Morgan runs to Williams when he realises that the new earth on the hill may turn to mud.

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Facing Market Street from the Market Square in Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant.

Reginald smiles back at Elizabeth as he and George leave the inn in the continuing downpour.

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Outside the inn with the wall of the Methodist Church in the background. Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant.

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After George finds out that there are trains, the pair return to the station but are told that the line is now flooded. Hampton Loade station on the Severn Valley Railway in Shropshire confirmed by Martin Aldridge.

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Morgan disturbs Reginald and Elizabeth.

After the rain stops, the Reverend sanctions working on the Sabbath and Morgan gains the help of the miners to complete the mountain.

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Outside The Plough again in Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant.

Locals sit waiting on the morning that the hill is re-measured.

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The steps were added for the film. Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant, Powys.

Reginald, Elizabeth and the other villagers descend into the village.

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Reginald announces that the hill is now tall enough to be called a mountain.

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Llanrhaeadr ym Mochnant, Powys, Cymru.

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The end of the film shows villagers in modern dress and a memorial to Reverend Jones atop a hill somewhere in Wales which suggests that the story is based in truth. However, it is just fiction.