Re: Britain's Lost Waterlands- AR locations

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Posted by Peter Ceresole on February 06, 2017 at 01:40:58 user PeterC.

In Reply to: Britain's Lost Waterlands posted by Ed Kiser on February 05, 2017 at 16:11:51:

Click on this link, and sit back, and enjoy the trip to Ransome Land, made to be REAL.

Yes, I saw it on transmission and enjoyed it, although I suspect that as I live in London, the real places are really just down the road.

But I find the best exploration is Google Street View. Not everywhere is covered, of course, but for instance Bank Ground Farm (Holly Howe) and Lanehead (the Collingwood home) are literally neighbours. I never realised that until I "looked" at them. You can imagine AR walking across the intervening field to propose to successive Collingwood daughters. The transformation of Lanehead into a local council centre means you need a bit of imagination to work your way back to the '30s, but it's very doable. And if you look up "Low Ludderburn, Cartmel Fell" you can get to the wiggle in the lane where AR and Evgenia lived while he wrote the earlier books, look into the window of his "office" in the converted barn, see the wooden garage that they built for Rattletrap. It's powerfully evocative.
And actual locations in the stories are best found on the Broads, where the locations are well covered, and at Pin Mill, which has Alma Cottage, the Butt and Oyster and the hard pretty well unchanged from AR's pictures, and to a certain extent Hamford Water, where you can see views around the Wade, and the lane that leads towards Witch's Quay, although not as far as the place itself. It all takes me back.

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