Hindle Wakes (1952)

Date: 1952
Director: Arthur Crabtree
Production Company: William Gell Productions, Monarch Productions Limited

Stars: Lisa Daniely, Brian Worth, Leslie Dwyer, Michael Medwin, Joan Hickson
Location(s): County Conwy (Wales), Lancashire, London

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Storyline:

During ‘wakes week’, a Lancashire mill girl has an illicit adventure with the owner’s son. The fourth film version of a once controversial Stanley Houghton play.

Additional Information:

Screen captures uploaded by Phil Wilkinson from source material provided by John Tunstill.

 

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An establishing shot of fictional Hindle in Lancashire. Unidentified location.

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Paradise Street, Hindle. Home of the Hawthorn and Hollins families. David Hilton recognised Gilbert Street, Preston in Lancashire.

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Nathaniel Jeffcote (Ronald Adam) leaves his mansion to be driven to the mill that he owns. Unidentified location.

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With her suitcase packed for a quick getaway after work, Jenny Hawthorn (Lisa Daniely) leaves home and calls next door for Mary Hollins. David Hilton was there and watched filming take place as he lived in nearby Sergeant Street. David adds "I'd just returned from holiday in Cleveleys near Blackpool where I saw a scene being shot at an ice cream van on Blackpool promenade".

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Jenny and her friend Mary Hollins (Sandra Dorne) head to the mill. Gilbert Street in Preston with New Hall Lane Mill in the distance identified by David Hilton.

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The workers arrive for their last shift before the holiday. Horrockses Factory Gate on Stanley Street, Preston, Lancashire identified by Paul D. Swarbrick.

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Jenny and Mary pass through the mill's gates. Looking out through the gateway of Horrockses onto Stanley Street, Preston found by Preston expert, Paul D. Swarbrick. And in the background stands the spire of the now deconsecrated St. Mary's Church.

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Last minute cigarettes are put out as the whistle sounds. Paul advises that this is Horrockses' Factory Gate on Stanley Street, Preston.

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After the workers have left for wakes week, Nathaniel Jeffcote and his son Alan (Brian Worth) meet Chris Hawthorn (Leslie Dwyer) in the deserted mill.

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The Hindle to Blackpool special leaves for the coast. Peter Brown places this as Preston, now Platform 6 but Platform 8 when it was filmed following considerable changes. The round arch over an entrance to the now demolished Butler Street ticket office can be seen top left. (RL)

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Alan and his friend George Ackroyd (Michael Medwin) drive into Blackpool. Unidentified location.

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A stock shot of holiday crowds arriving at Blackpool Central station.

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Alan and George arrive at their seafront hotel. Looking south on North Promenade, Blackpool in Lancashire.

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The Allard Sports draws up at the entrance of the Imperial Hotel. North Promenade, Blackpool.

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Jenny and Mary are escorted to Mrs Slaughter's boarding house by Tommy Dykes (Tim Turner) and Bob (Bill Travers). Unknown location.

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The Winter Gardens welcomes the visitors from Hindle. Coronation Street, Blackpool. The building was also seen in 'Dick Barton Strikes Back'.

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Tommy and Bob visit the crowded beach.

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Alan and George walk along the Promenade. Somewhere along the front at Blackpool.

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Alan picks his way through the crowds on the beach. Blackpool with the Tower in the background.

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An establishing shot of the open air baths of Blackpool Lido on the South Shore. The Sandcastle Waterpark now occupies the site and the location was used in 'Holidays with Pay'.

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Another shot of the Open Air Baths that Alan and George decide to visit.

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George appears after changing into his swimming trunks. The Open Air Baths on the South Shore, Blackpool.

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The two friends enjoy the sights. South Shore Open Air Baths.

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Water too cold?

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A slight altercation takes place between Tommy and Alan with regard to Jenny. The Open Air Baths on the South Shore, Blackpool.

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Alan and Tommy go boating. Harry Hulme points out that this sequence does not take place in Blackpool, not even in the north of England, being shot at Battersea Funfair in Battersea Park, London SW11 which was established during the Festival of Britain in 1951.

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After finding each other at the Pleasure Beach and visiting the top of Blackpool Tower, Alan and Jenny get closer whilst riding on an open top tram. Promenade, Blackpool in Lancashire.

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Alan picks Jenny up from the boarding house and the pair head off to Llandudno.

Jenny and Alan ride on the Great Orme Tramway. Ty-Gwyn Road, Llandudno in Conwy County, Wales.

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This is Bay View End now, complete with tram ascending the Great Orme.

The couple sit and talk on the Great Orme. The tip of Llandudno Pier can be seen to the right.

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A bit of an awkward one this. There's no access closer to the location but the pier can still be seen through the trees.

The view of Llandudno Bay from the Great Orme. Llandudno, Conwy County.

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Overlooking Happy Valley in Llandudno. This now shot is taken from lower down the slopes of the Great Orme as trees obscure the view from the correct height.

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Back in Blackpool, Tommy finds Mary on the beach and suggests that they go sailing.

Jenny and Alan make their way with the crowds along the Pier to board a sea trip to Fleetwood. Llandudno, Conwy County, Wales.

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Alterations to the kiosks are apparent when looking landward from Llandudno Pier now.

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At the end of wakes week, Jenny waits to board the 'Ribble' bus back to Hindle.

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Alan watches as Jenny's bus departs.

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When Jenny arrives back home, her week away with Alan is uncovered.

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