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Gold Hill, Shaftesbury aka “Hovis Hill”

Gold Hill is a steep cobbled street in the town of Shaftesbury in the English county of Dorset. It is famous for its picturesque appearance; the view looking down from the top of the street has been described as “one of the most romantic sights in England.”  The street is the main setting for the 1973 “Boy on Bike” television advertisement for Hovis bread, which has been voted Britain’s favourite advertisement of all time.

I had a short time slot for a shoot and looked out to see those fabulous white fluffy clouds children draw at school.  I thought I would take the hour’s drive down to Hovis Hill.  As I arrived a couple left the best seat at the coffee shop at the top of the hill so I sat down and got out my Camera.  It was such a good seat I offered to share it with a chap and his daughter out on a motorbike ride.

I sat and waited for an age (two cups) until there were no people in view and then jumped up to grab this shot.  It’s handheld, no time for a tripod.

Gold Hill aka Hovis Hill
Gold Hill Shaftesbury, Dorset UK – click for High-Quality Version

This has been by far my most popular Instagram image with over 5,000 likes which if you wish you can see HERE although this is a slightly different version processed for a larger screen.


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