“ Filming in and around our ancient Church has made a most welcome contribution to ever-increasing running costs, and at the same time has brought us visitors from far and wide. Working with Nancy from Heritage4Media ensured that the use of the Church for filming was very well co-ordinated and relatively pain free! ”

Robert Greenstock / Fay Jeffrey

Architectural History

St Peter and St Paul, Blockley, is a large Church of Saxon origins, comprising a large Chancel, Vestry, west Tower, and Nave with north Aisle. Separate components of the Church have undergone refurbishments over time and there have been some additions. The Tower was completely rebuilt in the first quarter of the 18th century in the Gothic revival, the gold hew of its Ashlar Stone subtly separating it from the rest of the building. The flat Nave ceiling is possibly early 18th century although it retains its earlier Corbels, and the south Porch was rebuilt in the 1630s in the Perpendicular style. The north Porch was added in the 19th century and the Chancel underwent restoration in the early 20th century.

Architectural Features

St Peter and St Paul sits at the top of a low slope, its churchyard adjoining the old Manor-House. The setting is extremely picturesque with fetching surrounding architecture and many old trees and historic tombs within the churchyard. The Church’s well weathered native stone, stained by orange lichen, is immediately striking, as is the Church’s raised Laudian Clerestory. The latter is unusually deep and capped with a parapet that rises above the Nave's flat roof. The interior is brightly lit by large clear-glazed windows. There is a late 14th-century Font and an attractive Jacobean carved Pulpit.

Filming Attributes

The Church has recently been the set for the BBC’s Father Brown, and was also filmed last autumn for the deliverance of a series of Advent Sermons by the American preacher Max Lucado. There is some space around the site for base camp, but more is available at Blockley Sports and Social club by separate negotiation. The Church can accommodate moderate sized machinery and does allow animals. The staff are willing and helpful, and are familiar with filming onsite. Phone reception may vary depending on network. Access to the site is straightforward, via good country roads and a short distance from the duel carriageway.

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Special Considerations

  • Accommodate Unit Base
  • Animals Allowed
  • Hotworks
  • Night Shoots

Topography

The Church is surrounded by a delightful country Churchyard. Blockley is very attractive with many subsidiary locations in and around the village and views over the surrounding countryside. Geographically the village lies in the south-west part of the parish on two hill-slopes and has a station just under 2 miles away on the Great Western railway. The A44 and A429 are in close proximity to the site, with the M4 and M40 both within 20 miles. Swindon train station and Birmingham airport are both less then one hour's drive away, approximately 40 miles.

Crew and Relevant Links

Ian Vasey

Emmalene Barlow

Contact

Email: r.g@greenstocks.co.uk / lukehouse@talktalk.net

Phone: 01386 700410 / 01386 700452

Website: http://www.achurchnearyou.com/blockley-st-peter-st-paul/