Houses Used In Wolf Hall

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The greatest triumph of the BBC Two production of Hilary Mantel's 'Wolf Hall' was its discovery and use of a host of hidden house gems around the UK. In a drive for authentic locations, many rural, and remote houses were used to represent the key London properties that featured in the life of Thomas Cromwell, but which have now sadly disappeared. Many of the buildings chosen to represent London properties were filmed in the West Country or Kent.

Background[edit]

Filming of the TV series Wolf Hall eventually took place at more than 20 historic locations. There were six main National Trust properties featured as film locations for the Wolf Hall series, most of which can be found in the southwest of England.

Roger Hunt, author of the Old House Handbook, said: “There is a huge, growing interest in old buildings among the public, inspired by TV programmes like Wolf Hall. They need money — many old buildings have had a roof repaired because of a film or series being filmed.” <ref> The Old House Handbook - A Practical Guide To Care And Repair, Roger Hunt and Marianne Suhr in association with SPAB</ref>

Paul Gray, a director at Historic Royal Palaces, said: “It is really exciting to see the renewed interest in the Tudors surrounding the BBC’s dramatisation of Wolf Hall. We hope that people will be inspired to visit the real-life locations where these historic events took place.<ref> Article in The Times - January 24 2015</ref>

Houses In The Series[edit]

The search for authenticity led the producers of Wolf Hall to uncover a treasury of Tudor era property, providing an authentic backdrop to the drama. However, there is one issue of continuity that the TV location experts couldn't address - the ageing of the stonework. In Henry VIII's time, these would have been brand new houses, with bright new stonework. Clearly, they are beautifully weathered and covered with almost 500 years of patina, but its a minor detail that we here at Chimni were willing to forgive.

Other Buildings Used In The Series[edit]

The Original 'Wolf Hall'[edit]

The original Wolf Hall was actually known as 'Wulfhall', in Burbage, Wiltshire and was the seat of the Seymour family and the location for a dinner where Henry VIII reputedly first saw Jane Seymour. She went on to become his third wife and mother of his heir, Edward. Henry VIII had stayed at Wulfhall during his progress of 1535, which may have been when he first noticed Jane Seymour and began the process of throwing over his second wife, Anne Boleyn.

In Henry's day, the property was still known by its Saxon name 'Wulfhall' or 'Wolfhall'. The sparse records seem to indicate that it was probably a timber-framed, double courtyard house with a tower, long gallery and a chapel. Wulfhall was declared "derelict and abandoned" after 1571 as the Seymour family had moved out to nearby Tottenham Park. It was used as servant accommodation until seriously reduced in size in the 1660s and finally demolished in 1723.

See Also In Chimni[edit]

ChimniWiki Homes Used As TV & Movie Locations

ChimniWiki Homes Used In Poirot Episodes

Other Interesting Sites[edit]

Sunday Times Article 'We're Going Tudor House Mad'

National Trust Website article on the filming of Wolf Hall

Historic Houses Association Page On Wolf Hall

References[edit]

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