Hi. I love Shane's films and Nottingham, but really I'm here for information/help....
I will leading a bunch of riders on a Cycling Event that will involve visiting the locations/celebrating films made in Nottingham. I know some already (Lenton, Crocus Cafe) but would like any interesting relevant info, and maybe there are lots of other locations from Shanes films I don't know about - can anyone help?
I need to avoid all the hilly areas used in Once Upon A Time....
I had a look at those posts - the 3 Nottingham locations noted there are the ones I already knew about (From TIE: scrapyard walk + crocus cafe/Woodys gang hanging out).
What I'm looking for are a few more standout or easily recognisable locations (the people on my ride may not be Meadows fans or even have seen TIE) and maybe some interesting facts (we will stop at a location and I'll tell them any interesting anecdotes - got any?).
What I'm doing is 100% voluntary (part of Nottingham's Rural Rides program), so I have to all the publicity, organising, sponsor finding etc for nowt - which is why I'm asking for anyone's help.
There is a bit of info/some pics of my last ride/event here(scroll down to 26th Sept): <http://makedo-and-mend.blogspot.com/search?updated-max=2011-10-10T18%3A58%3A00%2B01%3A00&max-results=7>
Any help with getting locations/info/stories would be appreciated.
OK, I'll have a think about it. There are a few in the vacinity of Lenton-e.g. Robert Carlyle walking up Derby Road towards Canning Circus (although he's supposed to be in Glasgow) and a few others-24/76 related. I guess the Sneinton ones are too obscure for non-Meadows fans.
I suppose you already have Sillitoe locations-the Flying Horse etc?
Ok thanks Jill. I might get by with the TIE locations and maybe I'll catch Shane's attention for an anecdote or two - he's welcome to come on the ride too! (As are any of you lot -there will an event poster put up in the Crocus Cafe/Alley Cafe/other good spots)
Yes I know about the Sat Night/Sun Morning locations - I did a Sillitoe Ride last year - Will do another one though, esp is the statue gets put up.
You knew that some of Control (Joy Division film) was shot near the TIE locations in Lenton? - Also that film about the Social worker / Aussie orphans. Lenton has such a rich cultural heritage...
If you're lucky forum member Rich K (who is the locations manager/scout for many of Shane's films) will drop by-sure he has some tales to tell. He might also confirm whether it was Noel's Street because there are a few of these old Victorian bath houses around Nott'm.
Noel Street is on the border between Hyson Green/Forest Fields about three miles from the Lenton locations-so it depends on the route your ride takes.
I don't have any film anacdotes about Noel Street-me getting my learners certificate there isn't very impressive (although my mum was chuffed), but here's a bit of stuff I pulled off the 'net (sadly memories commemorating its closure last year )
"I've spoken to several people who remember going there for baths and to do the laundry in the old days. A lot of people didn't have bathrooms in their homes and that used to be the place to go." In the 1930s and 1940s, the pool was also covered over to allow dances and boxing matches to be held there. Bill Horton, 57, of the Nottingham Leander Swimming Club, said he has been swimming at the pool since he was about 10. He remembers swimmers having to pick out cockroaches before early- morning training. "They used to come out of the boiler room overnight and for some unknown reason just fell in the water. That would have been in the late 1960s. I don't know what they did to get rid of them!" Tony Taylor, 67, of Gedling, is also a member of Leander Swimming Club. He estimates that over the last 60 years, he has swum more than 2,000 miles in the Noel Street pool. He said: "It's been a big part of my life." He said he was inspired to swim when he was around six or seven, after going to watch crosschannel swimmer Tommy Blower train at Noel Street. He said: "He was the first man to swim the Irish Sea and was a real local hero."
Btw, the chip shop scene in Sillitoe's The Rag Man's daughter was also shot in the same area (Hyson Green/Forest Fields) in the 70s
PS. On Lenton's cultural history......it features also in Elvis Costello's American Without Tears (from King of America).....'By a bicycle factory as they sounded the sirens' is a reference to Raleigh..hence (later) 'I'm the Sheriff of Nottingham, and this is Little John.' I rememeber reading (a very long time ago) that Mr. Costello senior-a country and western singer-had a regular gig at a club in the Lenton area.
It was Noel Street baths. Julian I've sent you a message with some TiE locations.
Yes, Lenton flats featured in "Control".
The Aussie orphans film is "Oranges and Sunshine" - I can give you all of those locations too if you like, although most of them are somewhat out of town, and there weren't all that many exteriors filmed.
Thanks for all your input. Lenton is such an interesting area - scope for lots more work on its productivity. A friend suggested I get in touch with the Lenton local history society - more material for a load of other rides, probably!
Many thanks for the locations list, it will be very useful.
I'm going to be cheeky and ask if you have any anecdotes re the TIE filming/production - mainly because I've worked in Lenton/on its streets and even doing mundane stuff like fixing bikes for people/doing events usually gets some kind of a reaction from the locals (I've got a few stories!) - filming TIE must have got some streetlife/other interesting antics happening?!