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Wrotham Park

For the English contract law case, see Wrotham Park Estate Co Ltd v Parkside Homes Ltd

Entrance to Wrotham Park

Wrotham Park, Hyde Park Corner. It is one of the largest private houses inside the M25 motorway. Its distinctive exterior has often been used as a filming location.

Contents

  • History 1
  • Filming location 2
  • Social Events at Wrotham Park 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

History

Originally part of an estate known as Pinchbank (also Birchbank), first recorded in Middlesex in 1310 and owned in the 17th and early 18th centuries by the Howkins family, the property passed to Thomas Reynolds, a director of the South Sea Company, who renamed the estate Strangeways. His son, Francis, sold the property to Admiral John Byng who had the house rebuilt by Isaac Ware in 1754.[1]

Admiral John Byng changed the name of the house to Wrotham Park in honour of the original family home in

  • Wrotham Park website
  • Wrotham Park as filming location, The Internet Movie Database

External links

  1. ^ a b c d Wrotham Park, Barnet Hertfordshire Genealogy
  2. ^ 'South Mimms: Other estates', A History of the County of Middlesex: Volume 5: Hendon, Kingsbury, Great Stanmore, Little Stanmore, Edmonton Enfield, Monken Hadley, South Mimms, Tottenham (1976), pp. 285–290
  3. ^ History Wrotham Park
  4. ^ IMDB Ghost in the Machine http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0611641/locations
  5. ^ Glancey, Jonathan (16 September 2011). "Constructive criticism: the week in architecture".  
  6. ^ "Jane Eyre". The Castles and Manor Houses of Cinema's Greatest Period Films. Architectural Digest. January 2013. Retrieved January 2, 2013. 
  7. ^ The Adventure of Johnnie Waverly Poirot, 27 May 2014
  8. ^ What a swellegant, Cowell-egant party as Simon celebrates 50th birthday with £1m bash Daily Mail. Published 4 October 2009. Retrieved 4 October 2009.

References

Music mogul Simon Cowell held his 50th birthday party at Wrotham Park on 3 October 2009. The party, estimated to have cost £1 million, was attended by an estimated 400 guests, and the house itself was bathed in blue light specially for the occasion, with a picture of the host beamed onto the wall of the property.[8]

Chelsea and England footballer Ashley Cole and Girls Aloud singer Cheryl Tweedy had their wedding blessed at Wrotham Park on 15 July 2006 – they weren't allowed to have their wedding there because Wrotham Park does not have a licence to hold civil weddings.

Pavlos, Crown Prince of Greece and the former Marie-Chantal Miller had a pre-wedding reception attended by approximately 1,300 guests two days before their July 1, 1995 wedding.

Social Events at Wrotham Park

Agatha Christie's Poirot episodes The Adventure of Johnnie Waverly[7] and Third Girl were filmed here.

It has also been used for the 2004 film version of Vanity Fair, 2012 film version of Great Expectations, the 2011 version of Jane Eyre and Bridget Jones's Diary.[6]

Location scenes for the BBC TV production The Hour (2011) were also shot at Wrotham Park.

Location scenes for the idents of the Dave channel were shot at Wrotham Park.

Location scenes for the BBC TV miniseries Sense and Sensibility (2008) were also shot at Wrotham Park. The exterior of Norland Park was filmed there.[5]

Location scenes for the BBC TV production of Alan Hollinghurst's The Line of Beauty (2006) were also shot at Wrotham Park, including the exterior, lawns, dining room, library, drawing room and living room.

Location scenes for the ITV Jeeves and Wooster Television Series were shot at Wrotham Park. Both the interior of Brinkley Court and the interior and exterior of Chuffnell Hall (Episodes 4 & 5, Series 2) were filmed there.

Wrotham Park was filmed as Hanbury Hall in "Ghost in the Machine" a 1989 episode of ITV's Inspector Morse.[4]

In Robert Altman's Gosford Park (2001) scenes were shot at Wrotham Park, including exterior scenes and the staircase, dining room, library and living room. It was also used for the filming of Peter's Friends.

Wrotham Park was used for various movies as filming locations.

Filming location

View of Wrotham Park

[3] The house was rebuilt exactly as it was and still remains in the hands of the Byng family.[1] A disastrous fire in 1883 burned slowly enough to permit retrieval of the contents of the house, but gutted it.[1]

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