In a corner of England, a long way northwest of Broomhouses, lies the tiny moor town of Clinkskell. Over the passing years Clinkskell has become a fairly isolated place, in 1964 her closest neighbour Hatherston was demolished to make way for the proposed B429 duel carriageway.(a costly project that was later abandoned.) The nearby village of Ercil Meer was submerged by the construction of the 1932 Vortigan dam, and in 1899 the noted holiday resort of Dugdale infamously became quite impossible to find, to be known as the 'Misplaced Village'.
Any traveller wishing to visit must undertake a long and lonesome road. Indeed, it has often been mentioned that the bleak, windswept journey to Clinkskell is perhaps England's most unwelcoming. However, those who complete the gloomy approach will find the moortown home to many remarkable sights. Alongside ancient woodland, pastoral meadow and delightfully unusual agricultural developments, the town's architecture is, to the bafflement of many, both eerie and welcoming at the same time.
It is along one of Clinkskell's most charming and dusty lanes that one arrives at the Blank Workshop. Founded in 1853 by Green Douglas, this curious place has over the decades been known variously as an exclusive club for the elaborately versed gentleman, a stronghold of charlatans and a parlour room for those who sleep on the left side of the bed.
Currently it is known to contain a rich harvest of unusual and uncanny individuals, with a substantial archive of the arcane and extraordinary. Most famously, The Blank Workshop is also home to both Gelographic Radiotelevsion and Gecophonic Recording Productions.
Mr. Kemble Oldknow. Curator of the Blank Workshop 1976-1911.
Over the years Clinkskell's town council has produced a number of promotional items with the aim of highlighting the rich heritage of the area.
A 1968 postcard selection featuring Dusky Void Lane and the notorious goat-man, Manfred Abraxas proved moderately successful, however an earlier poster that featured some of the local inhabitants was withdrawn due to unsuitability.
In 1974 noted playwright Plaxton Roughage penned choice words about Clinkskell for a Northern English tourism guide that perplexingly never materialised. In 2009 this text was reprinted within the booklet of the Moon Wiring Club CD ~ Striped Paint for the Last Post (GEpH003CD). It is reproduced here with selected period imagery for the benefit of the historically curious.