The Hollow Crown at Lacock
Lacock Abbey stars in 'The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses' alongside Benedict Cumberbatch and Dame Judi Dench.
In November 2014, BBC Two returned to Lacock for the filming of the concluding part of their series 'The Hollow Crown', based on Shakespeare's history plays. This final season comprises Henry VI Part I and II and Richard III.
This was actually the second time 'The Hollow Crown' had visited Lacock. In January 2012, scenes from the first series (which told the stories of Richard II, Henry IV and Henry V) were also filmed at the abbey.
" One of the joys of the job was an extraordinary heritage tour of Great Britain. It was a real honour for all of us to have access to these incredible parts of our history."
Many of the scenes filmed at Lacock feature the abbey’s iconic medieval cloister, which dates back to around 1450, including a tennis match scene in the cloister garth.
Lacock is certainly no stranger to the screen, in the past both the abbey and village (also cared for by the National Trust) have appeared in a range of TV and film productions including, Harry Potter, Pride and Prejudice, Downton Abbey, Cranford and Wolf Hall - to name a few.
" It’s always amazing to see the abbey and village transformed during filming. There are so many different costumes and props and the attention to detail is incredible."
Two years later, in the summer of 2016 an exhibition of Hollow Crown costumes was held in the Great Hall of Lacock Abbey, including those worn by stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Keeley Hawes and Sophie Okonedo.
The costumes were created by Sands Films, based in London, whose many credits include 'Les Miserables', ' Poldark', 'Marie Antoinette', 'Sweeney Todd' and 'Anna Karenina'.
Among the costumes on display in 2016 was one worn by Samuel West as the Bishop of Winchester during scenes filmed in the abbey cloister in 2014.
" It was really interesting to see a 'bishop' walking the abbey cloister, quite possibly for the first time since the dissolution of the monasteries 500 years ago."