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Good Morning Everyone,

Last month, as if entering a 'time machine' we descended on Kirby Lonsdale to find it had gone back in time 200 hundred years!

The normally busy square had lost its cars, lost its street furniture, lost its modern, smart shoppers, with iPhones and iPads and had become a horse auction!

After nipping ourselves, to make sure we weren't dreaming, we found that the film 'Jamaica Inn' was being filmed in the centre of a historic Cumbrian town!

For those who are not familiar with this film, Jamaica Inn is set in Cornwall and is a famous smugglers story.

From Wikipedia:
It is often commonly thought that Jamaica Inn takes its name from the smugglers who smuggled rum into the country from Jamaica and stored it at the inn. However, the name of the inn is actually said to derive from the important local Trelawney family of landowners, of which two family members served as Governors of Jamaica in the 18th century.

The inn was built in 1750 and extended in 1778 with a coach house, stables and a tack room assembled in an L-shaped fashion. The inn became a smugglers' stopping point while they used approximately 100 secret routes to move around their contraband. Originally, the half-way house was alone on this part of the moor.

According to narrated story, gangs of wreckers operated on the coast of Cornwall during early 19th century. (Cornwall has been very aptly described as the “haven of smugglers” in view of its topographic features of “rocky coves, sheltered bays, tumultuous waves and wild and untenanted landscapes”). The wreckers ensnared ships to this coast line by tricking them with use of beacon lights, which they purposefully installed on the shores of the coast. Once the ships foundered on the rocky coast they were looted by the wreckers.

'Jamaica Inn' was a novel by the English writer Daphne du Maurier, first published in 1936. It was later made into a film, also called Jamaica Inn, by Alfred Hitchcock and remade in 1983 by Lawrence Clark.

You can understand that the people of Cornwall were a bit unhappy about this choice of location!!

The day was very grey and it began to drizzle shortly after I took this shot. I rested my arms on a post for stability.

You will see rails in the f/g. These were laid by a work team and the film camera was able to travel along it, following the action.

I was amazed at the number of people involved in film making! The actors were certainly the smallest group!

Have a lovely day, Bev :-)

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