The Woolpack

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The Woolpack
Woolpack.jpg
The exterior of The Woolpack
Type Public house
First appearance16 October 1972
AddressMain Street, Emmerdale
Owners

The Woolpack is a fictional public house on the popular ITV soap opera Emmerdale . Its sign is a wool bale, a popular symbol in sheep-rearing country. It has played host to many of the soap's storylines and is the focus of the programme.

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It is the second oldest TV soap pub, opening its doors in October 1972 and being preceded by The Rovers Return Inn which opened in December 1960 and succeeded by Y Deri Arms, from the Welsh soap Pobol y Cwm which opened in October 1974.

History and storylines

In 1976, the original Woolpack was found to be suffering from subsidence. Another building was bought by landlords Amos Brearly and Henry Wilks and made its debut as The Woolpack later the same year. This was to cover Emmerdale Farm's move from Arncliffe to Esholt for location filming.

The first Woolpack was the Falcon Inn in Arncliffe. When the outdoor scenes were moved to Esholt in 1976 the Commercial Inn was chosen as the new Woolpack. The present Woolpack is on the purpose-built Emmerdale village set on the Harewood estate which is based on Esholt.

The 1993 plane crash saw the Woolpack wine bar demolished trapping many people inside and paralysing Chris Tate from the waist down. It was also involved in the storm of 2003 where the roof was struck by lightning which caused the chimney to fall through the roof causing a window to collapse and fall on Tricia Dingle, which eventually resulted in her death.

For the show's live episode (Emmerdale's 40th birthday) in October 2012 the bar area was recreated within the "shell" that resides on the backlot at Harewood House. Previously all interior scenes were shot solely back in Leeds. The Woolpack's cellar, the living quarters and Marlon's kitchen would all be inside the village's Bed and Breakfast at Harewood House based on the studio's set layout.[ original research? ]

Landlords and landladies

Over the years, the Woolpack has had several landlords and landladies, the current landlady is Chas Dingle (since 2011). And the newest Landlord is Marlon Dingle (Since 2021). The longest serving landlord is Amos Brearly, who served as landlord for 43 years (1948–1991), although only 19 of those years were onscreen. The longest serving Landlady is Diane Sugden, who served as Landlady for 17 years (1999–2016).

The Malt Shovel

For many years the Woolpack had a rival pub in the village called The Malt Shovel which was supposedly slightly downmarket compared to the Woolpack. Episodes in which the Malt Shovel have been mentioned include The Plane Crash and The Storm. The Malt Shovel was later redeveloped into an upmarket bar, Malt, to the chagrin of then Woolpack Landlady Val Pollard.

Current employees

CharacterJob role
Chas Dingle Co-owner/Landlady/Barmaid (50%)
Marlon Dingle Co-owner/Landlord/Bar manager/Kitchen supervisor (50%)
Matty Barton Barman
Victoria Barton Chef
Lydia Hart Cleaner

Occupants

Above the Woolpack are living quarters. Pub landlady Chas Dingle lives with her husband Paddy Kirk and their daughter Eve Dingle, Paddy's father Bear Wolf, Charity’s partner Vanessa Woodfield and Charity's sons Noah Dingle and Moses Dingle as well as Vanessa’s son Johnny Woodfield.

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