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Report - Tots TV house, Stratford upon Avon - August 2013

Discussion in 'Other Sites' started by captainwow, Dec 6, 2014.

  1. captainwow

    captainwow 28DL Full Member
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    Been a member on here for a long time, but never actually posted a report. Please go easy on me.

    Since I was a child, when Tots TV was a current TV show, I've always wanted to see the miniature cottage used for filming. I always remember being able to see the chimney from the access road, and as it was near another very famous children's TV filming location, it didn't take much searching to work out where it was again. Which, coincidentally, was about a 10 minute bike ride from my house. So, one sunny August day, we decided to go and have a look.

    I've heard stories of the land owner not taking too kindly to people trying to find it, which is understandable as it involves brazenly walking across his fields. He was seemingly distracted by a huge garden party in full swing, which worked well for us.

    So, here's the standard issue "copied from Wikipedia" blurb:

    The house was once surround by beautifully manicured lawns, protectively surrounded by a small copse:
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    Unfortunately getting that shot now would be all but impossible. Today, it's all more than slightly overgrown. This was our first view of the house: (apologies for the quality of the shots, they were shot on a phone and I'm no photographer.)
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    Coming around the side, towards that red front door. The green tarpaulin cover a sunken pit and entrance into the house, which is full height and was occupied by the production team:
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    Our first view of that famous little door:
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    Inside, it's obvious just how small this place is. The floor is no longer, and there are holes in the roof, but the stair case and upper rooms are intact:
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    And, last but not least, Donkey's shed:
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    Re: Tots TV house, Stratford upon Avon, August 2013

    Jeez... I remember that!
     
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    Re: Tots TV house, Stratford upon Avon, August 2013

    That could actually be a nice house!good find :thumb
    Years ago, My GCSE media studies exam had questions in it about the production methods used in filming Tots Tv :(
     
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    Re: Tots TV house, Stratford upon Avon, August 2013

    Haha, I remember this. Good effort! :thumb Nice find.
     
  5. captainwow

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    Re: Tots TV house, Stratford upon Avon, August 2013

    Thanks guys. It's actually a really nice cottage, but in miniature. I'd imagine there were a lot of trap doors in the floor for the puppeteers etc, the joists were a good couple of feet off the base, and in a few places even more than that.
     
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    Re: Tots TV house, Stratford upon Avon, August 2013

    brilliant mate
     
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    Re: Tots TV house, Stratford upon Avon, August 2013

    Nice mate, always good to see something a bit different...f*cking hated that show though :eek:
     
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    Re: Tots TV house, Stratford upon Avon, August 2013

    What's with all the green plastic sheeting?
     
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    Re: Tots TV house, Stratford upon Avon, August 2013

    Top find :) a bit of a lot of peoples childhood right there
     
  10. captainwow

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    Re: Tots TV house, Stratford upon Avon, August 2013

    It's a room sunk into the banking. I'd imagine it was a production room, it was full height and seemed to go into the crawl space under the floor, I'd imagine for the puppeteers.
     
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    Re: Tots TV house, Stratford upon Avon, August 2013

    ha love it! nice work!
     
  12. Lavino

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    Haha I remember that show..
     
  13. JaneEyre

    JaneEyre The clumsiest explorer in Yorkshire!
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    I used to watch this in Gaelic :)

    Strange but awesome find!
     
  14. merryprankster

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    very cool! something a little different, good work man
     
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    lol I had to google it! :eek: Nice pics though mate and I like your report!
     
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