Sherborne as Film Location

Far From the Madding Crowd

Thomas Hardy used Dorset’s stunning landscapes as the setting for many of his tales of love and tragedy, including Far From the Madding Crowd.  Thomas Vinterberg’s adaptation of the novel is filmed in West Dorset, and key locations include Sherborne, West Bay, Forde Abbey and Mapperton House.

Abbey Close in Sherborne, transformed as a filmset.

Abbey Close, Sherborne, transformed in the filmset.

Sherborne Abbey Close was transformed into the town square of Thomas Hardy’s fictional Casterbridge.  The set, designed to resemble a Victorian town square included horses and carts, stalls selling wool, fruit and vegetables,  and a boxing ring.  Filming also took place in Sherborne School, Sherborne Castle, Castleton Church and inside Sherborne Abbey.

Carts in Abbey Close, Sherborne, transformed as a filmset

Carts in Abbey Close, transformed in the filmset

In Victorian England, the beautiful, wilful and determined Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan) attracts three very different suitors : Gabriel Oak (Matthias Schoenaerts), a sheep farmer, William Boldwood (Michael Sheen), a mature, prosperous bachelor, and Frank Troy (Tom Sturridge), an impetuous, handsome Sergeant.

Explore Thomas Hardy’s Dorset 

The tourism team of West Dorset District Council and Weymouth and Portland Borough Council in collaboration with the Thomas Hardy Society has published a new leaflet helping visitors to Dorset to locate and explore the specific areas known to have inspired Thomas Hardy.  The Thomas Hardy trail links towns and villages where Hardy lived and which he wrote about, and also the church where his heart is buried.  It highlights places such as The Dorset County Museum which houses the largest Hardy collection in the world, and Athelhampton House and Gardens which Hardy was known to visit.

Download the leaflet and follow the Hardy Trail

 

Sherborne has also been used as a location setting in The Imitation Game (2014). Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) cracks the enigma code with help from fellow mathematicians  during World War II.  The young Turing attended Sherborne School.

The mini-series Wolf Hall (2015) was also partly filmed on location in Sherborne, as was Goodbye, Mr Chips (1969), The Browning Version (1994 and also 1951), A Murder of Quality (1991 TV Movie), The Guinea Pig (1948),  the Boston Tea Party (2007 TV series), and Canary Wolf (2015 Short Film).

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