Happy Hallowe'en (or Samhain if you are of the Celtic or Pagan persuasion!) There's been a little delay in posting another blog, but I'm back with vengence now! I've got a somewhat seasonal location feature for you this time. This video is shot at Attingham Park, Atcham, near Shrewsbury and is filmed during the glorious month of October.
This location consists of a very stately home set in magnificent parkland at Atcham, near Shrewsbury. Currently in the ownership of the National Trust, this was originally the seat of the Lords of Berwick – a branch of the Hill family (a certain Lord Hill was second-in-command at the battle of Waterloo). I know the location very well, as there was a college based here about 30 years ago where my mother used to teach. Consequently, I used to spend a bit of time here as a child (it was a bit of a nostalgia trip, truth be told!) I also used to do voluntary work for National Trust when I was a bit older.
The reason for the house and parks inclusion as a location feature is because, naturally, it features in the novel. As well as the nearby Upton Forge (which I haven't obtained any footage of for logisitical reasons), the house and the parkland are depicted in several scenes towards the end of the book. The house is used as a futuristic base by the Ironsides. A lot of action and an unfortunate turn of events for one of the main characters occurs in the park and woods.
One of the most interesting features of this park is that it home to a herd of Fallow deer. When this was filmed, they were in the 'rut' season. As a special feature, I've included another video below showing the deer (sorry, you can't see much of them but I suppose its the thought that counts!)
In the first video, you can see the main entrance for the house. What you see is of Georgian construction and this was built around an earlier mansion called Tern Hall. If you are ever in this neck of the woods, the site is well worth a visit. Check out this link to the National Trust website for more information!
Until the next time