The Cotswolds lights up the small screen
16th September 2016
Categories: Media News
Have you been gripped by the first few episodes of the new series of Poldark? You may think that the stunning locations are all in Cornwall, however some scenes were shot right here in the Cotswolds. Chavenage House near Tetbury is definitely one of the stars of the show, doubling as Trenwith House, family home to the Poldarks. Scenes from the current series were also filmed at Berkeley Castle and the recently shown scenes in ‘Bodmin’ were actually filmed at the Royal Agricultural University in Cirencester. And the best news is that filming for season 3 has just begun!
Fans of the acclaimed period drama Downton Abbey have been flocking to the Cotswolds where much of the series was filmed. The charming Cotswolds village of Bampton was used to film Downton village scenes. Stroll around the pretty streets and see the Dog and Duck, Mrs Crawley’s House and St Michael and All Angel’s church. Pick up a map showing the locations from Bampton Community Archive (which doubled as the Cottage Hospital) and see a collection of photos and memorabilia.
Cogges Manor Farm in Witney also featured in Downton Abbey as Yew Tree Farm, home of Mr Drewe, the tenant farmer. In series 5 the farm buildings, including interiors, featured regularly as it is here that Marigold, Lady Edith's illegitimate daughter, was brought up. Scenes were also filmed at The Swan Inn in Swinbrook and in the village of Shilton.
As you explore the North Cotswolds you may recognise locations from Father Brown, the BBC series about a Catholic priest turned detective set in the 1950s. Blockley doubles as the fictional Cotswolds village of Kembleford and filming has also taken place in Winchcombe, Sudeley Castle, Ilmington and Notgrove, as well as aboard the evocative Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway.
Laurie Lee’s Cider with Rosie was inspired by his upbringing in the Slad Valley in the period soon after the First World War, and scenes in a recent BBC adaption were filmed in Miserden.
The BBC Second World War drama, Land Girls, has scenes filmed in the historic Fleece Inn in Bretforton, along with Toddington railway station.
And finally, it’s not all period dramas – the new Agatha Raisin series about a modern-day detective who has recently relocated from London to the Cotswolds was filmed in the Wiltshire villages of Lacock and Biddestone.