“ We love filming! The excitement, the people and the thrill of seeing Lambton on the screen is wonderful. We also believe Lambton is unique in being a one stop shop. To have an estate of this size so close to urban areas with easy access is hopefully an advantage. Privacy and exclusivity are assured. There are 24 examples of built heritage on the estate, in various states of repair it should be added, a river, woods, offices, and ponds. The chance to build sets, and leave them. A castle, empty and waiting to be transformed. Parking, areas for unit bases, we will do all  we can to accommodate as we know where the expenses are in locations and if we have it, use it. ”

Bob Duff, Lambton Events LLP

Architectural History

Lambton Castle
 
Designed by Ignatius Bonami and built for the 1st Earl of Durham between 1810 – 1850 the present castle is half the size it was. The original building was financed to the amount of £22,000 with a considerable amount being spent on the large, buttressed terrace to the south. Work on the external aspects of the castle in 2008/09 included a new roof and the stonework restored.
 
Biddick Hall
 
There has been a manor house on the site since 1594 with the current house being built in 1720 and attributed to the architect John Vanbrugh. The extension to the rear was demolished in the 1950’s and rebuilt to include the library and further bedrooms.

Architectural Features

Lambton Castle
 
Beautiful biscuit coloured stone, flying buttresses, an octagonal tower, Gothic features, battlements, finials and pinnacles. The castle has not been lived in for 80 years but the interior retains a majestic staircase with stained glass windows, paneled reception rooms and great hall.
 
Biddick Hall

Two-storeyed, five bay, red brick manor house in Queen Anne style with external Ionic order pilasters. Stunning Baroque ceiling in the entrance hall with scrolled iron work staircase and Venetian window. Rooms are light, some with ornate plasterwork, interesting fireplaces and the library originally from Dunrobin Castle.

Filming Attributes

Situated 1 mile from Junction 63 of the A1 and 3 miles from the A19, Lambton has excellent access. The estate is secure and does not have public access. Bowes offices at the entrance to the estate is an office complex in what was the old farmyard. Offices have been used as production units in the past. Biddick Hall is totally private and used by the family intermittently through the year. If not required for filming, and for high profile actors and professional crew, the hall can be used for accommodation with 8 double bedrooms each with private bathroom.  Hot works, candles and night shoots can all be accommodated. Two thirds of the estate is wooded with the remainder in fields which can cope with heavy machinery seasonally. There are numerous locations suitable for unit bases.
 
We have found that Lambton has proved attractive to location managers due to its location, privacy and availability of different topographical and architectural assets. The staff and residents have always welcomed film crews and cooperate fully with requirements.

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Topography

Lambton Park (Estates) is a 1,200 acre wooded demesne equidistant (10 miles) from Newcastle, Sunderland and Durham cities. 1 mile from Junction 63 of the A1 and 3 miles from the A19 so is readily accessible. The River Wear bisects the estate with a private bridge. A further bridge built in the early 1800’s is unsuitable for vehicles but can be used for pedestrians. Two thirds of the estate is woodland though some still quite young and the remainder in grass pasture. There is a private, sealed road network through the estate. In what was the old Lambton Lion Park there are still car parks, helicopter landing sites and buildings that can be made available.
 
Newcastle International Airport 19 miles. Main East Coast train line either Durham or Newcastle. 10 miles.

Crew and Relevant Links

Contact

Email: nancy@heritage4media.com

Website: http://www.lambtonestates.com/