FILM : Hobson's Choice
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FILM / MOVIE TITLE DATE FILM STAR(S) WHO APPEAR IN THE LOCATION SCENES FILM / MOVIE LOCATIONS / SCENES
Hobson's Choice 1953 Charles Laughton, John Mills, Brenda di Banzie, Prunella Scales, Richard Wattis, Joseph Tomelty, John Laurie Salford, Stockport, Manchester
Director : David Lean   Production Company : London Film Productions  Region : NORTH

Overbearing Victorian father gets his cum uppance from his daughter and a boot-maker.

The background Will and Maggie's chapel wedding is of Stockport. Amongst the buildings can be seen the town's power station which was finally demolished in about 1981. Stockport is also shown at the close of a scene much earlier in the film, which sees Hobson helped into his bed by Maggie after a night at the Moonrakers. Prior to the M63 (M60) motorway being built, parts of Stockport town centre were pretty much unchanged since the 50s. A Cavanagh.

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Hobson's Choice [DVD] [1954]

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Hobson's Choice - This park is still there in Salford and is called Peel Park. The postcode is M5 4WU. Copyright Wikipedia. Greg sent in all these clues. Well done Greg.
Hobson's Choice

hch001a. This park is still there in Salford and is called Peel Park. The postcode is M5 4WU. Copyright Wikipedia. Greg sent in all these clues. Well done Greg.

Hobson's Choice - The two churches from the pictures hch001a and hch001b are still there:<br>-The taller church with spire is Roman Catholic Cathedral Church of St John the Evangelist, 250 Chapel Street, Salford, M3 5LL.<br>-The shorter church with tower is St Philip with St Stephen, 6 Encombe Place, Salford, M3 6FJ. Greg.
Hobson's Choice

hch001b. The two churches from the pictures hch001a and hch001b are still there:
-The taller church with spire is Roman Catholic Cathedral Church of St John the Evangelist, 250 Chapel Street, Salford, M3 5LL.
-The shorter church with tower is St Philip with St Stephen, 6 Encombe Place, Salford, M3 6FJ. Greg.

hch001bn. The picture is from this website: http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/180412, who hold the copyright.
Greg again, thank you.
(Modern Photo Added: 06-08-2009)

Hobson's Choice - The panning shot from these 6 pictures is looking E/NE/N: to the east (hch001a), to the north-east, and to the north (hch002). Greg again doing some supurb sleuthing.
Hobson's Choice

hch001c. The panning shot from these 6 pictures is looking E/NE/N: to the east (hch001a), to the north-east, and to the north (hch002). Greg again doing some supurb sleuthing.

hch001cn. Greg analyzed this video from youtube: HC 3, 03:27 - 04:21 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7Q_Gi9OO_4&feature=related. The marked spot was the exact location of the benches.
(Modern Photo Added: 08-09-2009)

Hobson's Choice - I think that the benches were located at the right (west) bank of the river Irwell at Peel Park on the site where today are the new buildings (east from the postcode M5 4WU), an extension of the University of Salford. Peel Park looked very different in 1953 ... today the view is hidden by the trees. I have found this information from wikipedia:
Hobson's Choice

hch001d. I think that the benches were located at the right (west) bank of the river Irwell at Peel Park on the site where today are the new buildings (east from the postcode M5 4WU), an extension of the University of Salford. Peel Park looked very different in 1953 ... today the view is hidden by the trees. I have found this information from wikipedia: "In 1954 the statues of Robert Peel, Richard Cobden and Joseph Brotherton were dismantled and put into storage, to make way for an extension of Salford Technical College (now the University of Salford)". Little bit of social history found by Greg.

hch001dn. Greg found this picture from Multimap Bird's Eye option from this spot and sent it is for our enjoyment.
(Modern Photo Added: 06-08-2009)

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hch001e. 

hch001en. This picture is from 1889, with the Robert Peel statue and with the similar view from Peel Park. The picture is from this website: http://www.francisfrith.com/salford,lancashire/photos/peel-park-peel-statue-1889_22166/, who own the copyright. Greg once more, what a splendid effort.
(Modern Photo Added: 06-08-2009)

Hobson's Choice - Probably the same park, it's high up, with distinctive pathways. Peel Park was laid out during the mid to late 1800's but the distinctive portion shown in the capture is in the shape of the Rugby League Challenge Cup. It was laid to commemorate Salford Rugby League club winning the trophy in the 1930's/40's. The path, as laid out here, would not have been there during Victorian times in which the film was set. David Hopkins 02-02-2012 However, in 2016 Tony Stebbings disagrees with the Rugby League connection and the claim that the path, as laid out, would not have been in existence in Victorian times. In support he refers to https://www.salford.gov.uk/media/388425/peel-park-conservation-plan-june-2014.pdf and the map therein dated 1890. (RL)
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hch002. Probably the same park, it's high up, with distinctive pathways. Peel Park was laid out during the mid to late 1800's but the distinctive portion shown in the capture is in the shape of the Rugby League Challenge Cup. It was laid to commemorate Salford Rugby League club winning the trophy in the 1930's/40's. The path, as laid out here, would not have been there during Victorian times in which the film was set. David Hopkins 02-02-2012 However, in 2016 Tony Stebbings disagrees with the Rugby League connection and the claim that the path, as laid out, would not have been in existence in Victorian times. In support he refers to https://www.salford.gov.uk/media/388425/peel-park-conservation-plan-june-2014.pdf and the map therein dated 1890. (RL)

hch002n. Peel Park same view. Pic Andrew Tatlow found by Nick Cox. Peel Park by the University of Salford (Andrew Tatlow) / CC BY-SA 2.0 >
(Modern Photo Added: 07-10-2016)

Hobson's Choice - Canalside, near where they made Taste of Honey.
Hobson's Choice

hch003. Canalside, near where they made Taste of Honey.

hch003n. Rick Holt identifies the happy couple to be in Peel Park on what is known locally as the meadow. The buildings to the right are Sir James Farmer Norton & Co, Adelphi Iron Works beside the River Irwell just below Adelphi weir. Rick refers us to http://www.britainfromabove.org.uk/image/eaw039818?search=salford&ref=272 in support, to whom we give Copyright thanks. (RL)
(Modern Photo Added: 03-05-2015)

Hobson's Choice - Who can identify this street? Is it still there?
Hobson's Choice

hch004a. Who can identify this street? Is it still there?

hch004an. Down pipes and small window on corner of building on Cleminson Street and East Market street, Salford, Manchester, are a perfect match. Graham Leslie.
(Modern Photo Added: 15-02-2010)

Hobson's Choice - I discovered this website: http://services.salford.gov.uk/heritage-forum/forumposts.asp?forum=22&id=62482 and there is an information that some scenes were filmed at Arlington Street and Chapel Street:
Hobson's Choice

hch004b. I discovered this website: http://services.salford.gov.uk/heritage-forum/forumposts.asp?forum=22&id=62482 and there is an information that some scenes were filmed at Arlington Street and Chapel Street: "As a child in the 1940's and 1950's I remember two shops that repaired both clogs and shoes. One was down the Adelphi on Silk Street. It was on a row of shops between North James Henry St., and Ann St. The other was on Arlington St. and I remember it being used in the Film "Hobson's Choice" with John Mills and one on Chapel St. I can remember standing with my Mother watching them film on Arlington St about 1952/3." Really wonderful memories, well discovered by Greg. Well done and thanks.

hch004bn. Google map, copyright, view of Cleminson Street, Manchester again for what seems a dead ringer! Graham Leslie. Originally added 15/02/2010.
(Modern Photo Added: 31-10-2013)

Hobson's Choice - And this one?
Hobson's Choice

hch005a. And this one?

hch005an. Continued route from Cleminson Street? This one we have to take on trust. Graham Leslie.
(Modern Photo Added: 15-02-2010)

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