This Is England’s Shane Meadow’s new BBC Drama, which has had rave reviews. The popular show The Gallows Pole filming locations were in a sleepy village in West Yorkshire, Heptonstall, near Hebden Bridge.
Its cobbled streets were transformed into the 18th Century as one of the filming locations for The Gallows Pole which tells the tale of a gang of counterfeiters and is based on a true story.
The three-part drama which was filmed in Yorkshire is Meadow’s first period drama and has shown his versatility as he transformed the award-winning novel of Benjamin Myers’ award-winning, The Gallows Pole into a stunning piece of drama with Yorkshire at its heart.
Based on the true story of a gang of 18th Century counterfeiters who came to be known as the Cragg Vale Coiners, the drama is set to highlight a fascinating period in Yorkshire history. It became the biggest fraud in British history, which damaged the national economy.
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Back in October last year she posted to Twitter Angela wrote: “went to visit son in Calder Valley for a bit of walking and visit to picturesque olde worlde Heptonstall – happened upon filming taking place for new BBC period drama coming soon called The Gallows Pole”.
On her visit, they also came across the grave in the old churchyard of David, the chief coiner about who the drama is about, covered in coins. The gravestone reads “Here was interr’d the body of Grace Hartley of Lodge in Erringden who departed this life Sept 2nd 1802 in the 61 year of her life.
“Also of David Hartley her Grandson who departed this life Feb 23rd 1845 aged 25 years.” It carries on to name his others on what seems to be a family grave of the famous counterfeiter.
The Gallows Pole will featured Michael Socha who has appeared in This Is England alongside Thomas Turgoose who is also a part of Meadow’s new production lineup. Other names included 1917’s George MacKay, Sophie McShera, Tom Burke, Cara Theobold, Yusra Warsama, and Eve Burley.
Writing about the show the BBC said: “The Gallows Pole, based on the novel of the same name by Benjamin Myers, fictionalises the remarkable true story of the rise and fall of David Hartley and the Cragg Vale Coiners.
“Set against the backdrop of the coming industrial revolution in 18th century Yorkshire, the compelling drama follows the enigmatic David Hartley, played by Michael Socha, as he assembles a gang of weavers and land-workers to embark upon a revolutionary criminal enterprise that will capsize the economy and become the biggest fraud in British history.”
If you’ve not managed to catch the newest BBC three-part drama, head over to BBC iPlayer and watch The Gallows Pole.