The National Trust has teamed up with a host of visitor attractions including a number of privately-owned houses supported by the Historic Houses Association and places cared for by Cadw and English Heritage to create a Wolf Hall locations map.
The map, which can be downloaded from the National Trust’s website will reveal to fans of the series eighteen of the locations, including five National Trust houses, which star in the BBC Two adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s award-winning novels.
Harvey Edgington Head of Filming and Locations at the National Trust said, “The close-ups and hand held camera work used by director Peter Kosminksy in Wolf Hall allows viewers to move through the world Cromwell inhabits. This map will let fans step into this world and experience the places they’ve seen on screen.”
Those who want to tread the same ground as Thomas Cromwell (Mark Rylance) and Henry VIII (Damian Lewis) should explore the National Trust’s Montacute House in Somerset, which doubled up as Greenwich Palace and whose gardens provided the backdrop for displays of archery.
Nearby, the Trust’s Tudor manor Barrington Court was dressed to represent the chambers of York Palace (later known as Whitehall). Its long gallery, great hall, library and bedchambers played host to star turns from Jonathan Pryce (Cardinal Wolsey) and Claire Foy (Anne Boleyn), amongst others. Further scenes depicting the politics of Whitehall were shot at Penshurst Place and Gardens in Kent, which was once owned by Henry VIII, and has barely changed in 600 years.
In Oxfordshire, Historic Houses Association Member Broughton Castle’s interiors were used as Kimbolton Castle, the final home of Catherine of Aragon; York Place, lived in by Thomas Wolsey, the audience chamber at Windsor Castle and Thomas More’s House. In addition, the grounds of the Castle were used to represent Whitehall Wharf.
To avoid the crowds in London, Anne Boleyn’s (Claire Foy) dramatic execution at the Tower of London, which closes the novel Bring Up the Bodies and the six-part series was actually shot over two days at English Heritage’s Dover Castle. A scaffold was built next to the Great Tower to form the infamous execution site.
Happier scenes depicting Anne’s lavish coronation saw Bristol Cathedral double up as Westminster Abbey, where 140 extras dressed in Tudor costume were manipulated by CGI to appear as thousands.
With many of the locations now starting to open for the 2015 season, Harvey Edgington said, “I think we can expect to see something in the region of a 25% increase in visitors, which is great news for these historic places as the additional revenue will help secure their future for generations to come.”
The Wolf Hall locations map is available from nationaltrust.org.uk/wolfhall