Call the Midwife Christmas special filmed at Leith Hill Place in Surrey

An atmospheric house with panoramic views, Leith Hill Place in Surrey played host to the cast and crew from Call the Midwife during the filming of their Christmas special, showing on Christmas Day 2018.

The filming took place over two full weeks in April 2018, when Leith Hill Place posed as the mother house of the nun’s order, which, in the story, is set in Sussex.

Leith Hill Place was previously the home of the Wedgwood family, descendants of the famous pottery dynasty. It was gifted to us by Ralph Vaughan Williams, one of England’s best-loved composers, who lived here as a child.

Visitor Operations Manager for the National Trust, Natalie Savage said: “Despite it being the Christmas special, we were actually experiencing the first heatwave of the year, which was something of a surprise for us and the cast and crew. It was such a great experience hosting the filming and seeing the house used as a blank canvas for their vision. Many of our volunteers came in to help look after the house during the filming and were delighted to see behind the scenes.

 “Whilst the majority of the props for the filming were brought in, the film crew actually re-decorated two of our ground floor rooms. The nativity play scene was shot in the terrace room, where we often hold concerts and talks.”

Leith Hill Place has been open to the public for the last five years and has a programme of changing exhibitions, activities and music concerts. It is known for its informal, welcoming feel and stunning views across the Surrey countryside, not to mention the delicious cakes made by a team of volunteer bakers.

Natalie Savage continued: “We are always looking for ways to fund the vital conservation work that we need to do at Leith Hill Place. The location fee will go towards funding repairs to the roof, securing the future of this historic building for generations to come.”

Leith Hill Place is closed over the winter months and reopens for visitors on 29 March 2019.