We filmed many of the farming scenes at Laxton, England’s only remaining village which still works the land communally in the medieval three-field system. For a variety of reasons, the estate was not enclosed and broken into parcels of land in the 18th or early 19th century. Each farm still works strips of land distributed about the fields and the farms still cluster in the centre of the village. This made it the perfect landscape for us to film the key farming scenes including sowing, crow scaring and harvesting.
For a guided tour of Laxton village (school parties welcome) contact Stuart Rose on: 01777 871702 or through his web site.
The beautifully reconstructed Saxon House at East Firsby in Lincolnshire provided us with another key location. Although not medieval in style, it shared sufficient characteristics for us to be able to use it as a substitute. The owners, Steve and Judith Jones, were generous and supportive, allowing us to film at any time, often with very little notice – such as during a rare snowfall. We filmed a number of scenes there: feeding the chickens, part of the cherry stealing scene, spring and winter scenes and the harvest festival events.
Cosmeston Medieval Village (South Wales)
The reconstructed 14th century medieval village of Cosmeston is on an original site and consists of medieval buildings, yards and gardens. It is built from a limestone of a very similar type to that found in Lincolnshire and therefore was as close a match in materials, style and period as we could hope to find for Sir Geoffrey’s village of Irnham. We filmed many of the incidental scenes here to give a sense of place.
Greyfriars is thought to be the oldest Franciscan church building in England. The building originally served as the infirmary hall for the monks who formed one of four medieval friaries in the city of Lincoln. This beautiful building provided us with the perfect location to film the Luttrell Psalter illuminator at work.
Gainsborough Old Hall
Gainsborough Old Hall, one of the most impressive and best preserved, medieval manor houses in England, was the location we used for the scene of the women carding wool and spinning with the great wheel.
Cotswold Farm Park,
Cotswold Farm Park supplied a pair of oxen (Reeves and Mortimer) and the field for us to plough with them.
‘The Village’, Church Farm Museum Skegness, provided the barn we used for the threshing scene.
Chambers Wood, was the location we used for the itinerant blacksmith pursued by a dog.
We also used a number of Lincolnshire farms including Minting Farm Park, Grange Farm and Hoop Lane Farm as well as locations in and around the village of Sudbrooke.
Kentwell Hall, provided us with the willow bee skep complete with an active colony of bees.
Formby Nature Reserve, was the location used for filming the red squirrels