Wednesday 30 January 2013

How to go from screen to seen: The UK’s best period film locations

This week (January 29th) marks the 200th anniversary of the release of Jane Austen’s classic romantic novel Pride & Prejudice.

The enduring tale of love between feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennett and her handsome suitor Mr Darcy still charms readers across the globe, and many Austen fans are likely to be descending on Lyme Park, near the village of Disley (aka Pemberley) to recreate a scene or two from the famous BBC adaptation.

Those who are keen to make the transition from screen to seen may also want to take a glimpse at the following impressive period properties.

Wolvesey Castle, Hampshire

Some of the filming for the 2012 re-telling of the 19th-century epic Les Misérables took place on our very own British Shores. The 12th century ruins at Wolvesey Castle acted as the backdrop for some scenes in the Oscar-nominated film starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Anne Hathaway.

Goodrich Castle, Herefordshire

Goodrich Castle played host to the popular BBC1 drama Merlin last year, with a day of filming spent recording scenes in the medieval castle’s moat and solar room.

Dover Castle, Kent

Scarlett Johansson and Natalie Portman took the roles of sisters Mary and Anne Boleyn in the 2008 film The Other Boleyn Girl, both vying for the affections of the King of England. Set-builders helped to transform Dover Castle into a Tudor-era Tower of London for the film.

Eltham Palace and Gardens

One of the few really important medieval royal palaces, Eltham Palace, has undergone several design changes over the centuries. The addition of an important private house adjoining the Great Hall in the 1930s made the palace the perfect setting for the 2008 film Brideshead Revisited, starring Emma Thompson and Ben Wilshaw.

If you are considering renovating your period property, The Sash Window Workshop can help with many aspects including installing new traditional casement windows and casement window repair.