Some film of Minchinhampton in 1971

Single decker bus in Minchinhamption in 1971
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Every now and again a film from 1971 called Dulcima pops up on TV staring John Mills as a farmer that falls in love with his housekeeper Dulcima. It has a slightly tragic ending that involves the distraught farmer and his shotgun, but hey ho.

When I first saw it, there were a queue of people waiting at a bus stop (in the film). Nothing unusual in that, but the place looked very familiar.

Single decker bus on the Avening Hill
Bus heading down Brimscombe Hill. This is near the top of the hill just past the bus shelter.

Next a little green single decker bus appeared and on the destination board were the words Forest Green. The bus stop was next to the market house in Minchinhampton.

There were then shots of the bus winding its way through Minchinhampton and past a small truck that said Hilliers Pies on it. Hilliers were once based in Newmarket, just out of Nailsworth town centre and were famous for pork pies and sausauges.

Further shots in the film show the bus traveling across Minchinhampton common with the ever present cows and then rounding that tight corner on the Avening road by the pub as the road climbs on towards Tetbury. This little bus gets about!

I think the farm is somewhere near Dursley and the road with the milk churns beside it is on the hill to Minchinhampton, directly opposite the Weighbridge pub.

Single decker bus in Avening 1971
The junction by the pub in Avening. The bus has come from Minchinhampton

The photos were taken from the TV screen so are’nt very good, but if you want to see the area in the early 70s check out the film, which you can buy via the Amazon link below.

Buy Dulcima on DVD from Amazon
Dulcima file on DVD
buy DVD Dulcima

Photos are copyright of presumably EMI films who were the production company.