Greendale, the village where Postman Pat delivers his mail, may
be a model but it’s based on Longsleddale near Kendal. The narrow,
twisting roads and sheep frequently featuring in storylines are
a giveaway that it’s Cumbria.
Pat's creator, John Cunliffe, dreamed up the stories while he lived
Cunliffe has become a local celebrity and had a room at Kendal’s
Museum of Lakeland Life devoted to him. This was closed down but
Cunliffe still has a presence in Kendal - you can see him in the
centre of the Millennium Frieze on display in Kendal Library.
Pat is now 20 years old. In November 2001, Ivor Wood sold his company
which produced the show for £5.1m.
Cunliffe tells us about the creation
of Postman Pat.
the Tank Engine
Still successful, this series was created by Reverend W V Awdry
readers started to ask where the characters lived, Awdry needed
to create a location. He ‘discovered’ the Isle of Sodor for Thomas
and his friends to inhabit.
came across the unusual name one summer. He stayed on the Isle of
Man and met the island’s bishop - the Bishop of Sodor and Man. ‘Sodor’
is an area in South-West Scotland but the name isn’t used any more.
fictional Isle of Sodor lies between Walney Island and the Isle
of Man. It’s huge - much larger than the Furness area of Cumbria.
Awdry family website displays a map
of the Isle
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Extremely tenuous link to Cumbria - currently the music rights for
Bagpuss are held at Fellside Recordings in Workington. They produce
the CD of music from the series. Sorry if we got your hopes up with
us what you think...
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I knew the postman John Cunliffe based Postman Pat on. He was
one of three postmen who delivered to the Post Office my parents
had in South Cumbria in the early 70s .
- Penny Bridge
I know Cumbrian men who greet people with 'Ey up!' just like
Postman Pat. Is that a Cumbrian thing or more Yorkshire?