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PostSubject: Location, location, location   Fri 06 Feb 2015, 14:51

I am opening an off shoot of the Wolf Hall discussion because the TV series has used so many excellent backdrops to the events. In fact my mind has sometimes wandered to wondering where each scene was filmed. A website says that 30 locations in England have been used -  wish I knew which was where. Whoever did the preparation for this has done a terrific job. ..... it can't be easy to pitch a filmed sequence in a plausible location. I thought a thread might offer a place for thoughts on past successes- and perhaps errors.
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PostSubject: Re: Location, location, location   Fri 06 Feb 2015, 14:58

Montacute House is one of the locations, Priscilla;


It is a National Trust property and open to the public.

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/montacute-house/
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PostSubject: Re: Location, location, location   Fri 06 Feb 2015, 15:02

Also in Somerset, another National Trust property, Barrington Court;




http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/barrington-court/
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PostSubject: Re: Location, location, location   Fri 06 Feb 2015, 15:08

Lacock Abbey in Wiltshire, again it is National Trust. Lacock has also appeared in The Other Boleyn Girl and a couple of Harry Potters;



http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lacock/
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PostSubject: Re: Location, location, location   Fri 06 Feb 2015, 15:13

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PostSubject: Re: Location, location, location   Fri 06 Feb 2015, 15:17

Great Chalfield Manor in Wiltshire, again The Other Boleyn Girl used this as a setting,



http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/great-chalfield-manor/
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PostSubject: Re: Location, location, location   Fri 06 Feb 2015, 15:37

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PostSubject: Re: Location, location, location   Fri 06 Feb 2015, 15:47

Wolf Hall itself has been overbuilt and could not be used, being Victorian rather than Tudor;

http://www.burbage-wiltshire.co.uk/historic/wolfhall.html
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PostSubject: Re: Location, location, location   Sat 07 Feb 2015, 11:52

Thanks for the above - what beautiful places we still have. I ought really to have married that guy, Mr Nat Trust and really lived the life. How about the WH drama interiors which have been stunning, Trike? I read that   tennis ball feet were fitted to all furniture that was moved or brought in to such places. Have not spotted one filmed yet. Oh dear - how one's mind wanders during those telling silences. ......
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PostSubject: Re: Location, location, location   Mon 09 Feb 2015, 12:04

From what I can gather, Priscilla, the houses above were also used for interior shots.

Wells in Somerset was also used;

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Used for many of the street scenes in Wolf Hall, this atmospheric medieval city is the smallest in England. Pybus and his team were given unparalleled access to the cathedral. “We used the cathedral library, which has never been filmed in before,” he says. “It had books in it that were 400-500 years old. People can also explore the high street and enjoy the teashops and the Bishop's Palace next to the cathedral.”
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PostSubject: Re: Location, location, location   Sun 15 Feb 2015, 13:43

I'm rather surprised that, at least for the exterior shots, the makers of 'Wolf Hall' never used those four famous, tried-and-tested Tudor locations (... all within just one hour's drive from central London too): Penshurst Place (Kent), Hever Castle (Kent again), Leeds Castle (Kent yet again), and Hampton Court (Middlesex, but only 30mins from Shepperton Studios). I thought those four were rather de rigeur for any Tudor drama since the late 1960s (indeed one often saw all four in the same film):

A Man For All All Seasons (1966)
Anne of a Thousand Days (1969)
Mary Queen of Scots (1971)
Elizabeth R - BBC drama series (1971)
Henry VIII and his six wives (1972)
Lady Jane (1986)
Elizabeth (1998)
The Virgin Queen (2005)
Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007)
The Other Boleyn Girl (2008)

.... and of course between them those four buildings have actually witnessed many of the key events that are now being re-played as historic drama/entertainment ... so actually they're the authentic, real thing.
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PostSubject: Re: Location, location, location   Mon 16 Feb 2015, 12:50

One of the pleasures of this production has been  fresh settings that delight. Another popular location is Haddon Hall in Derbyshire.  The really ancient parts have been denied public visits by Mr Alf. N. Safety - damn him. From the worn steps and stone flooring in that wing it served generations or centuries without being an identified hazard spot; a more likely hazard would have been 'Faith of the Month' times.
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PostSubject: Re: Location, location, location   Mon 16 Feb 2015, 13:12

Filming in Belgium was considered at one point (Belgium having been the location shoot of The White Queen )



http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/jan/18/wolf-hall-england-bbc-film-belgium-hilary-mantel-praise
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