WITH the film of Tamara Drewe going on general release from today, and ahead of its premiere at the Electric Palace in Bridport next week, here is a list of the exact locations where it was filmed in Dorset and beyond.
Posy Simmonds recently spoke in The Guardian about taking inspiration from Thomas Hardy’s novel Far From The Madding Crowd, so it’s pleasing to see there’s also some literary connections lurking in the locations.
Marvell Farm at Halstock is named after the 17th century poet Andrew Marvell.
Limbury – towards the end of the last century – was the home of the retired literary agent Michael Horniman, who acted for Nevil Shute (and other authors whose names I’m afraid I can’t, at the moment, remember).
Limbury was once vaguely threatened with destruction when somebody proposed routing a Chideock and Morcombelake bypass right through it. I say vaguely because there was no chance of a bypass happening then, and there’s no chance now.
Anyway, here’s the list.
Grounds / Nicholas’ Shed / Fields / A N Other Farm / Barn / Shack
Limbury, Salwayash, Dorset, DT6 5HT
Glen’s Room / Hall / Kitchen / Cloakroom / Beth’s Office / Dining Room
Blackdown House, Burstock, Beaminster, Dorset DT8 3LE
Playground / Pub / Bus Shelter / Pig Field
Int. Village Pub
The White Hart, High St. Yetminster DT9 6LF
Ext. Winnards & Int. Kitchen
Farm / Fields / Back Garden / Hall / Lane
Chelborough House, East Chelborough, Dorchester DT2 0PZ
Cow Fields / Woods
Larkham Farm, Holywell, Dorchester DT2 0LL
Perimeter Fence / Main Stage
End of the Road Festival, Larmer Tree Gardens, Tollard Royal, Salisbury, Wilts SP5 5PT
Muswell Hill Bookshop, 72 Fortis Green Road, London N10 3HN
Ben’s Warehouse Flat
63 Gee Street, London EC1V 3RS
Marvell Farm, Halstock, BA22 9SZ – near Yeovil but in West Dorset
Yeovil Junction, Yeovil, Somerset BA22 9UU
Marquee / Lawn
Pinewood House & Location Gardens
Stockers Farm, Stockers Farm Road, Rickmansworth, Herts., WD3 1NZ
A41 Lay-By North Bound, North of M25 J20
PS: The film’s production office was at The Wild Garlic in Beaminster, and initial editing was done in West Milton near Bridport.