The second scene involves John Thornton who is having a conversation with a police constable about the suggestion that Margaret is a possible witness to a murder at the train station.
So there I was in Edinburgh, Scotland on the very streets where they had filmed this fabulous miniseries and I believed that I was actually on the same stairs where Richard Armitage once stood. (Let's just say I was pretty excited!)
Here are my pictures of the stairs:
My euphoria was greatly lessened when I realized later that there were quite a few other Closes with stairways and the one that I happened to find was not in fact the one that was in the film.
I should point out that I didn't actually set out purposely to find these locations. I was aware of them but I hadn't really done the research in order to scout them out. So what I did see was very exciting and completely random.
What I should have done was check out this website before I arrived. Ace Marsupial's Richard Armitage page: North and South locations.
If you frequent this blog much you will know how I love music! Well although I had Frankie Valli's song "My Eyes Adored You" in my head when I thought about this blogpost, I knew it didn't quite fit. After a bit of research I found this song (which I didn't know before!) but I like very much, and is much more appropriate. :)
I was disappointed about not being in the right location but I knew of one more place I had to visit before I left town, and it happened to be near the train station. So I dragged my long-suffering hubby to Calton Hill so I could get a picture something like this one:
|Margaret Hale going for a walk in imaginary Milton (which was actually Edinburgh, Scotland)|
It was quite a blustery day and a good thing the wind was blowing toward the tower and not away from it, or I would have been blown right off my perch where I took this shot.
|It really is a lovely view "while the weather holds".|
Another scene from North and South showing just a hint of the background architecture.
In this picture, you see the crenelations on the edge of Nelson's Monument
I walked along this very footpath that Richard Armitage (as John Thornton) is walking in this picture.
|Very gloomy with the added graveyard (not really there).|
Here is my shot of the foot path with the Nelson Monument in the background.
You can see the same fence in this screencap (from Richard Armitage Central gallery).
|Cheer up John! Margaret will come around eventually.|
I wish I could have spent more time in Edinburgh. It is a beautiful city, especially the Old Towne. I didn't get to Holyrood Palace (which was home to Mary Queen of Scots). So I simply MUST return some day. But I was so happy to see what I did get a chance to see and Calton Hill was simply lovely. The view was magnificent for which I was very grateful because the day we were at Edinburgh castle it was almost completely fog enshrouded! But on this day, with the cloudy sky the weather looked very similar to how it was in North and South and I was so pleased to be there!
Some clever travel agency should market a tour of locations for North and South and I am sure they would have quite a few enthusiasts very interested!