Woodchester Park gets the royal treatment in The Crown Series 2

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The Crown took the world by storm in 2016, winning numerous awards and accolades. Last year, Woodchester Park got the royal treatment in the second series as it starred as parts of Prince Charles's school, Gordonstoun.

In December, the highly acclaimed Netflix series, The Crown, returned to screens across the country. We're excited to say that Woodchester Park featured in series two as the exterior location for both the Duke of Edinburgh's and Prince Charles's school, Gordonstoun.

The biographical drama, which covers Queen Elizabeth II's entire monarchy, covered the late 1950s and early 1960s in series two. During this period the young Prince Charles attended Gordonstoun School in Moray, Scotland.

The film crew chose to use Woodchester Park as a location for filming Gordonstoun. The production made use of the boathouse as a location for the school changing rooms. The lake and the old stables area featured as the location of a PE lesson with a giant obstacle course.

Little buildings have a big history
Little buildings have a big history

The 120-strong crew spent four weeks setting up and about ten days filming the scenes. Much of the set-up included crafting the obstacle course and floating a platform in the lake.

Ten-year-old actor Billy Jenkins (previously in Channel 4's Humans) plays Prince Charles, who would've been eight in 1956 where the second series picked up from. Claire Foy and former Doctor Who star Matt Smith continued in their roles as Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip.

Not only did Woodchester Park get to feature in this Golden Globe and BAFTA-winning series, but all proceeds from the filming went directly into supporting the ongoing conservation work at the property.

" The income received from filming goes straight back into our conservation and visitor improvement works. Already we have been able to improve our visitor car park, with all of our car park spaces now on hard ground. It will also help us to restore grasslands to increase feeding grounds for the Greater and Lesser Horseshoe bats that roost in the valley."
- Max Dancer, Area Ranger for Woodchester Park