East Riddlesden Hall features in a plot most evil

The back of the House, showing the age blackened stonework at East Riddleston Hall, West Yorkshire

It’s 1603, and England is at war with Catholic Spain. Elizabeth I is dead and King James of Scotland has taken the throne. Several attempts to take the Protestant King’s life have already been made and failed. Deep in the heart of the Warwickshire countryside a new plot is brewing, a plot that will leave a mark on a country that will still be felt for over 400 years later.

If you’re watching Gunpowder on BBC One, keep your eyes peeled to see if you can spot East Riddlesden Hall’s Dining Room and Great Chamber which were magically transformed earlier this year. Both rooms were stripped of their contents prior to a day of filming and re-dressed with textiles and replica furniture specially chosen for the programme. 

The Great Chamber has appeared in a number of tv programmes and films
A dark wood panelled room showcasing a large oak bed and fireplace
The Great Chamber has appeared in a number of tv programmes and films

Jackie Waters, house steward at East Riddlesden Hall, was on hand to oversee the day along with the support of a filming conservator to make sure that all went smoothly. “It was brilliant to see the rooms transformed and watch the actors in action” she says. “We’re all looking forward to watching Gunpowder and seeing how different the rooms look onscreen.”

The programme which stars Kit Harington and Liv Tyler alongside Peter Mullan, Mark Gatiss, Tom Cullen, and many others is a new three-part retelling of The Gunpowder Plot and will begin on Saturday 21 October, 9.10pm on BBC One.

If you’d like to come along and see the rooms for yourself then East Riddlesden Hall is open Saturdays to Wednesdays, 10.30am – 4.30pm until Sunday 5th November.