Pre-Order your iPhone 6 case now!


Gold Hill is a hill and a famous street in Shaftesbury in the English county of Dorset.
It is a steep cobbled street featured on the cover of countless books about Dorset and rural England, and in television commercials.
Gold Hill features in the 1973 ‘Boy on Bike’ television advertisement for Hovis bread, that has been voted Britain’s favourite advertisement of all time. It was directed by Ridley Scott, and includes the distinctive music of Antonín Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9.
Gold Hill was also featured in a recent advert for Morrisons supermarket.

At the top of the street is the 14th century St Peter’s church, one of the few pre-18th century buildings remaining in Shaftesbury. This ancient cobbled street, running beside the walls of King Alfred’s abbey, also features on countless chocolate boxes and calendars.

Each year, Shaftesbury plays host to the Gold Hill Fair, named after the town’s famous landmark, to raise money for local charities.

Edited from RAW in CS3, Duplicated 3 times,then into Photomatix HDR. Finished off in Picasa3.

Thank you for viewing.


catherine veal, pentax k200d, manipulation, dorset, gold hill, hovis


  • Shaun Whiteman
    Shaun Whitemanover 3 years ago

    Beautifully composed and processed Catherine, another work of art!! x

  • Many thanks my dear Shaun.x

    – Catherine Hamilton-Veal ©

  • Valerie Anne Kelly
    Valerie Anne K...over 3 years ago

    w0w! fantastic photomanip sweetheART gorgeous scene – fave ;~} Valz

  • thank you very much dear Val,
    also for the kind fave.x

    – Catherine Hamilton-Veal ©

  • Catherine Hamilton-Veal  ©
    Catherine Hami...over 3 years ago

  • Trudi's Images
    Trudi's Imagesover 3 years ago

    Beautifully captured/PP Catherine x

  • Many thanks dear Trudi,
    for your kind comment.x

    – Catherine Hamilton-Veal ©

  • DonDavisUK
    DonDavisUKover 3 years ago

    Awesome capture Catherine. This looks like a really old photo apart from the colour. Great processing works. Don.

  • Thank you dear Don and for the fave.x

    – Catherine Hamilton-Veal ©

  • naturelover
    natureloverover 3 years ago

    Wow!! now I must go there, this is delightful Catherine, cracking work xx

  • Ahh!!! Thank you dear Pauline, and for the fave.
    I thought you would have been there,
    as it’s only 25 mins from you.
    So worth a visit,i know you will love it.
    weather Bright but very windy.x

    – Catherine Hamilton-Veal ©

  • Lynda Heins
    Lynda Heinsover 3 years ago

    Love this Catherine…..beautiful colours and lighting, instant fave!!:-)x

  • Many thanks dear Lynda,
    your so kind and for the fave.x

    – Catherine Hamilton-Veal ©

  • Jane  mcainsh
    Jane mcainshover 3 years ago

    this is so beautiful , Catherine, warm and enchanting :))

  • thank you very much dear Jainie for your kindness.x

    – Catherine Hamilton-Veal ©

  • Stuart Chapman
    Stuart Chapmanover 3 years ago

    Just expecting to see a boy pushing his bike up the hill with a loaf of hovis in the front basket. Nicely done

  • That’s the place dear Stuart,
    When your there you just expect to see

    – Catherine Hamilton-Veal ©

  • Stuart Chapman
    Stuart Chapmanover 3 years ago

    I knew I should have read the narrative first. Just goes to show how recognisable the place is and how memorable that ad was, given that I was 2 when it was made!

  • I think i was a lot older than that Stuart.LOLx

    – Catherine Hamilton-Veal ©

desktop tablet-landscape content-width tablet-portrait workstream-4-across phone-landscape phone-portrait