At Home In The Steep Places: The Story of Bill Peascod Fri Night Vid

© Peascod Collection

This week's Friday Night Video is a touching feature-length documentary film about Maryport-born miner, rock climber and artist Bill Peascod (1920-1985).

The film — hosted by the Mountain Heritage Trust — follows Bill's life from a challenging childhood in the Cumberland coalfields and involvement in the mines rescue teams at Lowca and William Pit disasters to his pioneering of new routes in Buttermere in the 1940s.

Bill became an abstract landscape painter after emigrating to Australia in 1952, where he developed 'burnt' paintings. He returned to Cumbria in 1980 and drew on Japanese influences to paint his beloved fells, where he had returned to climbing with friends such as Bill Birkett, Sir Chris Bonington and Don Whillans.

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4 Dec, 2021

Fantastic. A lovely tribute. It prompts me to dig out my copy of Journey After Dawn. Thank you.

4 Dec, 2021

Lovely film!

Thank you!

4 Dec, 2021

For those that haven't seen it, Bill with Chris on Eagle Front after he had returned home from Australia. The whole film is worth watching if you can find a copy.

Like "Climbing with Mackerel on your feet"

7 Dec, 2021

Would have been great to have seen on the big screen at KMF. Assume it either wasn't submitted or didn't get selected.

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