If you have a spare £7m, Netherfield Hall could be yours!
Yesterday I visited Belton House, another location used in the BBC version of Pride and Prejudice. It has been on my to ‘see list’ for a while as the house, and all its windows and chimneys, belong to Lady Catherine de Bourgh. It is just as impressive in real life as it appears on screen – do you recognise it?
Whilst in Derbyshire…visit the setting for Lambton!
Before going to the Peak District last week, I did some research on the locations used in the 1995 BBC version of Pride and Prejudice. I wanted to visit as many as possible, even the ones that only appear in a couple of scenes, to satisfy my cravings for all things Jane Austen-related. It was very pleasing to discover that several of the locations are in close proximity, which no doubt helped with filming too, so on the day I visited the Ramshaw Rocks, I also visited Lambton, aka Longnor.
In the picture above, you can see the building that was used as the inn at Lambton, where Elizabeth and her aunt and uncle Gardiner stayed. This is where the servant announced to Elizabeth that Mr Darcy was waiting for her in the parlour 🙂
The ‘inn’, actually an art studio, is situated on Chapel Street but as everything else has remained the same, you can have a real Elizabeth Bennet moment if you feel that way inclined. I did!
This is the view past the ‘inn’, complete with tractor, taking you up to the church. Imagine Mr and Mrs Gardiner walking up here as Elizabeth reads that fateful letter from Jane.
Here’s where the carriage taking Elizabeth and her aunt and uncle back to Hertfordshire would have stopped:
I think these were the only scenes filmed here (please correct me if I’m wrong!) but to visit them felt special for me as Pride and Prejudice fan. I might have let a squeal of delight when I saw this street.
Like so many villages in the Peak District, Longnor is full of pretty, stone-built houses and cobbled streets that have that special untouched feel, and give the village its character. If it wasn’t for the builders working close by and the odd car engine, it would have felt like stepping back in time!
Longnor is situated a few miles south east of Buxton along the B5053 and not far at all from the Ramshaw Rocks so you can see all three places in the same day, which makes visiting this area very worthwhile.
I would definitely recommend all three as part of a day out whether you’re a Jane Austen fan or not!
Have you visited any film or television locations? Which was your favourite?
Walking in Elizabeth Bennet’s foosteps
I spent last week in the Peak District where I was lucky enough to see some of the locations used in the 1995 BBC version of Pride and Prejudice. It has been a dream to stand where Elizabeth, played by Jennifer Ehle, did for far too long and I couldn’t contain my excitement on seeing the Ramshaw Rocks! Those who have seen this adaptation or have walked the famous formation I’m sure will instantly recognise this particular one.
There was some debate between me and my family as to what the rock resembles – we settled for a grumpy man – but of course the main attraction for Pride and Prejudice fans is admiring the rock and views like Elizabeth did (and possibly pretending to be her!). The views are, as she describes them, ‘beautiful’.
This is what she would have seen to the right of the view above:
View to the left:
The view ahead (my favourite so there are two):
And the view behind of the path. You might remember seeing Mr and Mrs Gardiner walking along here:
The rocks are very easy to get to: they’re located about 6 miles south west of Buxton, famous for its spas and Pavilion Gardens which are well worth a visit, along the Roman Road, also known as the A53. You’ll see the formation from the road and then a narrow road to the right (if you’re coming from Buxton) which seems to cut through the last part of the formation. If you follow this, you will come to a lay-by at the base of the rocks where you can park and start your ascent!
It’s only a short distance up to the top with well-trodden footpaths to follow, although I wouldn’t attempt the walk without a pair of good walking boots or in particularly bad rain as it could be slippery. You can start a walk here to The Roaches, which I believe were used in the 2005 film version of Pride and Prejudice, but we didn’t attempt this on the day.
I’ve included this information as I struggled to find any with a Google search so I hope it helps if you go.
Here’s some more inspiration if you need it!
And a final farewell. Can you spot it?
I also visited the setting for Lambton and the interior scenes of Pemberley, which I’ll be blogging about too.
I booked a day off work yesterday to take advantage of the nice weather (before it disappears again!) and spent a lovely afternoon at Coughton Court in Warwickshire.
The estate has been home to the Throckmorton family since 1409 and is looked after by the family and the National Trust so, like all their properties, the house is an impressive tribute to times gone by and and has some beautiful grounds to while away a few hours and soak up the sun. For overseas readers, the National Trust is a British charity dedicated to the preservation of places of historic interest and natural beauty throughout the British Isles. They are definitely worth a visit (or browse on the web!) for a flavour of what life here used to be like and what makes a popular day out for us Brits!
It doesn’t take much for my thoughts to turn to Pride and Prejudice so even though the house was built in Tudor times, the grounds got me thinking of Elizabeth and Mr Darcy. I could just imagine these grounds belonging to Pemberley, as they were beautifully kept, elegant and diverse with lots of colour and interest that I thought would suit them both. Have a look through the photos below and see what you think – could this be the next setting for Pemberley?
A secluded, tree-lined path leading to the main part of the grounds: the perfect start for an early morning stroll, and unobserved kiss and cuddle 😉
A screened area full of flowers to escape the hubbub inside the house and enjoy a spot of reading
A spectacular walled garden for Elizabeth to enjoy presiding over.
The all important lake should Mr Darcy need to cool down after a long ride home…
Another secluded path alongside the lake for Lizzy to welcome Mr Darcy home and escape the eyes of the house.
Plenty of different paths to explore to keep Lizzy happy!
A riverside walk culminating in a bridge over the river. Maybe the gentlemen could enjoy a spot of fishing here?
I would definitely recommend Coughton Court for a day or afternoon trip, and for indulging any Pride and Prejudice fantasies!
More information about the house and grounds can be found here: http://www.coughtoncourt.co.uk/ I hope you enjoy it if you go!