Demdyke Row was built sometime in-between 1700 and the late 1800s. The row of cottages was a few hundred yards from the main village. For decades, Percy Edgar lived at No 3. In 1952, Seth Armstrong and his wife Meg moved into No 6. Demdyke Row had an allotment next to it, where Seth had a plot, as did local Woolpack landlord Amos Brearly.
In 1977, Hotten Courier's Beckindale correspondent Percy Edgar died and his position was handed to Amos Brearly. Joe Sugden bought No 3 and he and and Kathy Gimbel moved in, much to the chagrin of Kathy's sociopathic father Jim Gimbel, even though Kathy was 25.
Irene Madden lived at 5 Demdyke Row. Later on, Jackie Merrick moved into No 3. His friend Mike Conrad stayed with him. In 1988, Joe Sugden moved his fiancee Ruth Pennington into his cottage. This was short-lived as Joe found out that Ruth was still in contact with her ex-fiancee Liam. Joe worried that whenever Ruth left the house, she was going to see Liam, or to ring him so Joe asked her to leave, and she left the village completely.
On 30th December 1993, Elizabeth Pollard was babysitting granddaughter Alice Bates when her estranged husband Eric Pollard came to visit. Elizabeth vowed to get revenge on Eric for his shady dealings and stormed out of No 3. Eric followed her, and shortly afterwards, a plane crashed onto the village, with a huge piece of wreckage hitting Demdyke Row. 2-year-old Alice luckily survived and had to be pulled out of the rubble by the emergency services.
The remainder of Demdyke Row was demolished and no redevelopment took place on the land where the row stood.
Buildings on Demdyke Row
- 1 Demdyke Row
- 2 Demdyke Row
- 3 Demdyke Row (previous home of Joe Sugden)
- 4 Demdyke Row
- 5 Demdyke Row (previous home of Irene Madden)
- 6 Demdyke Row (previous home of the Armstrong family)
It has been theorised by viewers that rather than being completely demolished after the plane crash, the remainder of Demdyke Row was converted into Tall Trees Cottage. Only two thirds of the houses were destroyed by wreckage. After this Demdyke Row was written out of the show and the remaining properties not featured again. However in 1998 when the purpose-built set was built the production team built what was to later be known in the show as Tall Trees Cottage where Marlon Dingle has lived for many years. There has been hints that Tall Trees Cottage could be the part of Demdyke Row which survived the plane crash. It is of similar position, looks and at the top of an incline and is located a bit separate from the main village just like Demdyke Row. In 2011 Marlon Dingle and Rhona Goskirk suggested "Demdyke" as a name for their unborn baby after the place it was conceived which was Tall Trees Cottages, indicating the cottage is in the sub parish of Demdyke in Emmerdale.
However, this is strongly denied by the Emmerdale archivist and a crew member. After much of Demdyke Row was destroyed by the air disaster, the remainder was demolished. And Demdyke Row also appeared to be at the opposite end of the village to Tall Trees, and was along the Hotten Road towards Connelton.