Royston Vasey is a fictional town in the
BBC television comedy series
The League of Gentlemen. It was filmed in
Hadfield, Derbyshire in
England and is based on Alston, Cumbria.
The preceding radio series On the Town with the League of Gentlemen
was set in the equally fictional and almost identical town of Spent.
1 Origin and creation
2 Filming location
4 Events from the town's fictional history
7 External links
Origin and creation
Royston Vasey draws on the upbringing of all the League's members -
Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton,
Reece Shearsmith and
Jeremy Dyson - all
of whom were raised in the north of England.
Royston Vasey is often
said to be the real name of British stand-up comedian Roy 'Chubby'
Brown. Brown played the part of the town's mayor in a cameo
Filming of the television series took place in the
of Hadfield, located in a
Pennines valley. The "Local Shop" is a
purpose-built building on nearby Marsden Moor.
The League considered a number of filming locations before settling on
Hadfield. Another town to feature prominently in the series was
Bacup in Rossendale, and the West Yorkshire town of
Todmorden was used
for some later scenes.
The town as it appears in the TV show has a sign which ominously
declares "Welcome to Royston Vasey. You'll never leave!" The first
building many visitors come across is the "Local Shop". Ironically,
the Local Shop is located some distance from the town itself on a
lonely hilltop moor.
Events from the town's fictional history
In the first television series of
The League of Gentlemen
The League of Gentlemen a
construction company called PQ Construction threatens the isolation of
Royston Vasey by building a "New Road" near the Local Shop. The
project is first delayed when a monster (later revealed to be parts of
a goat, a pig and a chimp crudely stitched together by Edward
Tattsyrup) is unearthed on the construction site and comes to an end
in the final episode when the owner of PQ Construction, David
Tattsyrup, is revealed to be the son of Edward and Tubbs who convince
him to "live locally."
In the second series
Royston Vasey receives visits from both a
travelling circus and a group of German exchange students. The town
becomes gradually overrun by a deadly nosebleed epidemic which causes
a high percentage of the town's residents to experience incessant
bleeding and death, usually within 24 hours. Eventually the
epidemic devastates the town, with the Ministry of Health running riot
in a desperate attempt to staunch the plague. The cause of the
nosebleeds can be traced to a substance known only as the "Special
Stuff", a highly addictive and mysterious foodstuff served by demonic
butcher Hilary Briss, which becomes deadly when cut with sandwich
paste. However, the surviving local residents mistakenly accuse Edward
and Tubbs of spreading the disease and burn the Local Shop to the
In the third and final series, several of the residents of Royston
Vasey are involved in a traffic collision which leaves Lance
Longthorne and Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen dead while Geoff Tipps is
facially disfigured. The travelling circus also returns.
In the film The League of Gentlemen's Apocalypse, the town is on the
verge of destruction when the League of Gentlemen - Jeremy Dyson, Mark
Gatiss, Steve Pemberton, and
Reece Shearsmith - agree to stop writing
for Royston Vasey. This causes meteorites to rain from the sky until
the entire town is razed to the ground. The destruction of Royston
Vasey can only be prevented when all four of the writers are killed,
but it transpires that the entire ordeal was conceived by Dyson while
unconscious in a hospital.
The League of Gentlemen
The League of Gentlemen book, A Local Book for Local People, released
between the second and third series, describes Royston Vasey's history
in a brochure, from its beginnings, as mentioned in an appendix to the
Domesday Book as "an hutte with a pigge outside" (presumably the Local
Shop) to the construction of the town hall in the late 1930s, as
designed by Albert Speer. The endpapers of the book show real maps of
England turned upside down and with fictional place names,
Royston Vasey corresponding to the real town of Settle, North
Yorkshire (close by to Panties / Giggleswick).
The town's most prominent landmarks include the Local Shop, an angelic
war memorial, H.Briss & Son Butchers, the St Mary Of Bethlehem
hospital, the Windermere B&B, and the local Job Centre.
Main article: List of characters in The League of Gentlemen
^ "The League Of Gentlemen". BBC. Retrieved 16 April 2013.
^ The "League of Gentlemen" Scripts and That. BBC. 2003.
^ a b c d e Viner, Brian (17 February 2000). "Welcome to the real
Royston Vasey - You'll never leave". The Independent (UK). Retrieved
16 April 2013.
^ "The League of Gentlemen: Series 1-2. The Road To Royston Vasey".
Radio Times website. Retrieved 16 April 2013.
^ Terrace, Vincent (2011). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925
Through 2010. McFarland.
Royston Vasey from the League of Ge