Film ID: YFA 3093 Video of YFA_3093 Goathland GOATHLAND 1965 Visitor TabsDescription Made by Betty and Cyril Ramsden, this film shows the Ramsdens and their friends on a day out in the countryside. Based in Leeds, the couple were semi-professional filmmakers filming both for pleasure and taking on commissions from companies such as the Yorkshire Evening Post. Title-Goathland The film opens in the countryside of Goathland, and Betty is seen from afar taking a photo with a stills camera. The village then comes into view with a pond, village green and cottages. Betty’s sister Freda and her husband arrive by car and are greeted by Betty. There is a road sign showing Darnholm ½ mile away. The group go on a countryside walk along a stream. Betty takes a photo of a cottage. They cross over some stepping stones, and Freda does a funny dance across them before they all sit down. There is a sign for “The Mill” and one for Goathland Railway Station, and the three of them walk along the platform, slightly overgrown with weeds. Freda and Betty joke about. There is a sign for `Goathland Hotel,' and in the next shot, the group come out of the hotel and wander off across a field. Title-Beckhole. A small road winds though a picturesque village, and Betty, Freda, and her husband emerge onto the side of a steep narrow road. A coach passes a car on the road, with the car rolling slightly backwards, followed by a postal van. The group walks around the village, looking into the glass porch of Linden Lea, home of local writer and artist Douglas Reay, looking at his paintings on display. They cross some fields, with Freda negotiating a stile and walk down to a ford (now paved over) on Beck Hole Road crossing Eller Beck. The film closes with panning shots that capture the surrounding countryside, a village stream, “Incline Cottage” and some grazing sheep. Title-The End. Context This is another example of the wonderful ability of Betty and Cyril Ramsden of Leeds to make something as simple as a stroll through the countryside into a delight. Whether it is ambling through the picturesque villages of Goathland and Beck Hole, peaking into Linden Lea, home of local writer and artist Douglas Reay, or dancing over the stone steps across the Eller Beck, this 1965 film seems to gently cajole the viewer into joining this small group on their perambulations. Betty and Cyril Ramsden, prominent members of Leeds Cine Club, began making their large collection of films in 1945 until this, possibly their last film. This outing was possibly filmed around Whitsuntide time in 1965, shortly after the closure on 8th March, thanks to Dr Beeching, of the railway route between Grosmont and Rillington, passing Goathland, and with Sandie Shaw riding high in the charts. Goathland has appeared as Aidensfield in the television series Heartbeat, coincidently set in the mid-1960s, and as Mannerton in All Creatures Great and Small. The railway station, now open and preserving its appearance over the decades, appears as Hogsmeade station in the Harry Potter films.