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    Chitty goes to Royston Vasey, a local town for local people and leaves..

    Royston Vasey is a fictional English town featured in the BBC television comedy series The League of Gentlemen. The exterior shots for the series were filmed in Hadfield, Derbyshire and, according to the writers of the series, the town is based on Alston, Cumbria.


    Royston Vasey draws on the upbringing of all the League of Gentlemen's members -
    Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton, Reece Shearsmith and Jeremy Dyson - all of whom were raised in the north of England.[ Royston Vasey is the real name of British stand-up comedian Roy Chubby Brown.[] Brown played the part of the town's mayor in a cameo appearance.


    The town as it appears in the TV show has a sign which ominously declares "Welcome to Royston Vasey. You'll never leave!" The first building many visitors come across is the "Local Shop". The Local Shop is located some distance from the town itself on a lonely hilltop moor.



    In the first television series of The League of Gentlemen a construction company called PQ Construction threatens the isolation of Royston Vasey by building a "New Road" near the Local Shop. The project is first delayed when a monster (later revealed to be parts of a goat, a pig and a chimp crudely stitched together by Edward Tattsyrup) is unearthed on the construction site and comes to an end in the final episode when the owner of PQ Construction, David Tattsyrup, is revealed to be the son of Edward and Tubbs who convince him to "live locally."
    In the second series Royston Vasey receives visits from both a travelling circus and a group of German exchange students. The town becomes gradually overrun by a deadly nosebleed epidemic which causes a high percentage of the town's residents to experience incessant bleeding and death, usually within 24 hours. Eventually the epidemic devastates the town, with the Ministry of Health running riot in a desperate attempt to staunch the plague. The cause of the nosebleeds can be traced to a substance known only as the "Special Stuff", a highly addictive and mysterious foodstuff served by demonic butcher Hilary Briss, which becomes deadly when cut with sandwich paste. However, the surviving local residents mistakenly accuse Edward and Tubbs of spreading the disease and burn the Local Shop to the ground.

    In the third and final series, several of the residents of Royston Vasey are involved in a traffic collision which leaves Lance Longthorne and Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen dead while Geoff Tipps is facially disfigured. The travelling circus also returns.
    In the film The League of Gentlemen's Apocalypse, the town is on the verge of destruction when the League of Gentlemen - Jeremy Dyson, Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton, and Reece Shearsmith - agree to stop writing for Royston Vasey. This causes meteorites to rain from the sky until the entire town is razed to the ground. The destruction of Royston Vasey can only be prevented when all four of the writers are killed, but it transpires that the entire ordeal was conceived by Dyson while unconscious in a hospital.
    The League of Gentlemen book, A Local Book for Local People, released between the second and third series, describes Royston Vasey's history in a brochure, from its beginnings, as mentioned in an appendix to the Domesday Book as "an hutte with a pigge outside" (presumably the Local Shop) to the construction of the town hall in the late 1930s, as designed by Albert Speer. The endpapers of the book show real maps of northern England turned upside down and with fictional place names, Royston Vasey corresponding to the real town of Settle, North Yorkshire (close by to Panties / Giggleswick).
    The town's most prominent landmarks include the Local Shop, an angelic war memorial, H.Briss & Son Butchers, the St Mary Of Bethlehem hospital, the Windermere B&B, and the local Job Centre.







    That's the intro, on with the pics....and yes i survived and left!


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    Not forgetting the classic ‘Nude Day’ stunt, the toad funeral, the brush wall and the mad tricyclist.
    Or Mickey the job seeker.
    I could go on.
    Best I don’t.

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    The main reason for visiting Hadfield apart from the special pies and sausages was to climb Kinder Scout for my birthday.

    Jeez it was hot, must have melted hiking up there,was well worth it for the views...






    The plateau is up there somewhere. .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chittychangchang View Post
    my birthday.
    Happy 60th!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chittychangchang View Post
    climb Kinder Scout for my birthday.
    Dib dib d0b d0b

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    It's the special water and pies that keeps my youthfulness

    A search around the village on a quest for much needed refreshment. ..

    The butchers










    A couple of pints watching the cricket. .


    Instead of binning the traditional red telephone boxes,they use them for defibrillators nowadays.
    You might need it after you've visited the butchers..


    A bit of history. .


    And a curry. ..


    Definitely a local place for local people.


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    Great looking place.

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    Great pics mate.

    Any sighting of Papa Lazaray?

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    Happy Birthday.

    &, nice pictures.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger View Post
    Great pics mate.

    Any sighting of Papa Lazaray?
    Saw him lurking under a bridge eating chicken from a bucket

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    Quintessential England.

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    Indeed. Social subversion in sensible shoes -

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luigi View Post
    Great looking place.
    My grandad was born in Hadfield and we used to go up there visiting his relatives.

    I used to hate it back then but, agreed, looking at Chitty's pics it does indeed appear very pleasing on the eye.

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    He uses the verb 'climb' a bit strangely.

    It seems to mean 'walking uphill'.

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    nice photos

    old buildings - any 300 year old thatched cottages in the vicinity ?

    Quote Originally Posted by cyrille View Post
    It seems to mean 'walking uphill'
    is that like "climbing stairs" ?

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