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Castle Haven

1 9 6 9 – 1 9 7 1 (UK)
100 x 25 minute episodes

A large seaside Victorian house converted into flats was the setting for “a slice of life without the sugar” in this daytime soap opera from Yorkshire Television.

The local watering hole for the inhabitants of the flats was a pub called the Gate Hangs Well, presided over by the demanding widow Delilah Hildrup (Jill Summers).


The twice-weekly soap only lasted two years, and all the recordings have since been erased.

Two of the residents did survive and go on to greater things – Gretchen Franklin became Ethel in EastEnders, and Kathy Staff went on to Last of The Summer Wine.

Delilah at the Gate Hangs Well.

Phil Mercer
Jack Carr
Jo Mercer
Sally James
Robert Easton
Harvey Sokolov
Fiona Morris
Sidonie Bond
Tom Meek
George Waring
Sarah Meek
Gretchen Franklin
Arthur Thorn
Bert Palmer
Meg Thorn
Natalie Kent
Jimmy Thorn
Keith James
Harry Everitt
Roy Barraclough
Lorna Everitt
Kathy Staff
Sylvia Everitt
Sharon Campbell
Vanessa Bardell
Wendy Fisher
Edward Pack
Ray Gatenby
Tobias Angell
Arthur Hewlett
Sid Buller
John Comer
Emily Fry
Daisie Adair
David Bates
David Beale
Matthew Bennett
Peter Schofield
Delilah Hildrup
Jill Summers
Deidre Costello