It’s been a while, but here are some more comparison shots from the Only Fools And Horses episode, ‘Heroes And Villains’. Del Boy and Rodney have just spotted one of the muggers from the previous night outside Peckham Town Hall rob some old dear in the market; they give chase.
Most of it is pretty recognisably around the Windmill Hill area of Bristol: the pursuit takes place with Rodney hotfoot on the tail of our dastardly thief along Saint John’s Lane, whilst Del – laden down with suitcase full of gear – puffs his way in parallel up Hill Avenue by the side of Victoria Park.
The snatch-and-grab man somehow then ends up all the way up to Cheapside Street by the Wells Road (a fair old hoof away), before intimidating Rodney and chasing him all the way back past Del, and then into the garages of a block of flats (presumably Nelson Mandela House).
Now as you can see, most of it is a cinch to identify. For example here’s our mugger running out of Hill Avenue and past the southernmost tip of Victoria Park as he heads for St. John’s Lane:
Here’s the same place on StreetView (albeit not quite the same angle):
We also see that Hill Avenue/Park Avenue/Nutgrove Avenue junction a little later when Del huffs his way along:
Meanwhile Rodney’s not far behind the mugger over by the Peckham Rye Post Office…
…Which is actually on St. John’s Lane by Nottingham Street:
Now Del’s just made it past Nottingham Street:
…And on StreetView:
After much sprinting around by the Trotter brothers on the parallel roads of S. John’s Lane and Hill Avenue, Rodney closes down on the mugger up by the little shopping precinct between Oxford Street and the Wells Road…
(I lived in the Totterdown/Windmill Hill area at the time, and remember that Dillon’s shop, mainly because my then-flatmate, who did warehouse nightshifts, could never get served a beer in there on his way home early of a morning.)
Anyway, here it is on StreetView (showing its more recent incarnation as a Tesco Express):
As our hero and our villain turn the corner – onto an alleyway that extends from the end of Cheapside Street onto Wells Road – they encounter a corrugated iron fence blocking their way. Here’s the fence as it was in Fools…
…And here’s the alley more recently, with no fence.
At this point the mugger turns round to face Rodney…
…Who bottles it, and runs away. The mugger turns the table on him, pursuing him all the way to a block of flats:
Before Del Boy, in true jumped-shark fashion, clobbers him with a suitcase.
Right, I’m done for now. The LLF has been mocking me mercilessly the past couple of days as I’ve been straining over maps and photos and screengrabs (to the point of rather uncharitably bandying around words like ‘Asperger’s’), so do me a favour and help me identify the block. Nelson Mandela House is normally said to be Whitemead House by Ashton Gate stadium, but I can’t square it (or its neighbours Winterstoke or Southbow) with the surrounding geography.
Similarly, I thought I had positively IDed this shot…
…as being St. John’s Lane from Newport Street, looking up towards Sylvia Avenue – the phoneboxes; the reversed ‘r’ shape on the structure immediately behind the phoneboxes; the shape of the roof on the horizon with the tree to its right; the fronts of the terraced houses extending up the far road, etc.
But the width of the foreground road seems much broader than on Newport Street. And then there’s the shrubbery overhanging the foreground street, as shown in this shot!
Frankly I am stumped. All suggestions gratefully received.