Map marked by Fay Godwin, indicating the sites at which she took photographs for Remains of Elmet


This Ordnance Survey map of the South Pennines is marked in blue felt-tip pen by Fay Godwin, indicating the sites she visited for Remains of Elmet, a sequence of poems by Ted Hughes with accompanying photographs by Godwin.

The marks reveal that Godwin photographed over a large area, reaching many places by foot. There is a density around Heptonstall, where Hughes’s parents lived, as well as Lumbutts and Bridge Stones Moor.

The map illuminates the influence that both the landscape and the blunt, heavy local Yorkshire dialect had on Hughes. There is a reverberation between Hughes’s poetry and certain place names – such as ‘Hawks Stones’, ‘Crow Hill’ – and dialect words for land features, such as ‘laithe’ (barn).

First published in 1979, Remains of Elmet responds to the landscape and people of the Calder valley, the place of Hughes’s birth and early childhood.

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Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 outdoor leisure map of the South Pennines
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Fay Godwin
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Fay Godwin: © British Library Board. Published under a Creative Commons Non-Commercial Licence.

Ordnance Survey map: © Crown copyright and database rights 1992 OS.

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