“ We welcome filming at Sacrewell, and very much enjoyed the time spent with Wall to Wall Productions, on their Victorian Bakers series. Our on-site manor house is currently ‘moth balled’ and it is the perfect opportunity to use it whilst in its current dilapidated state. ”

Jane Harrison (Mill Project Officer and member of the Senior Management Team)

Architectural History

Various built heritage stock on site, including:
18th century Grade II* watermill and mill cottage. Mill is four storeys with abutting 19th century stable block (now has modern glass doors to front elevation) and further abutting 19th century bakery (recently filmed in the BBC2 Victorian Bakers series).
18th century Grade II manor house. Three storeys (currently empty).
Two adjoining stone barns.
Stables.
Further stone barn.
Open fronted ‘wagon hoval’ with heritage agricultural stock (e.g. thrashing machines).
The site is actually 550 acres, with 500 acres given over to our tenant farmers Riverford Organics. The remaining 50 acres is open to the public as a ‘visitor attraction’ with rare breed animals. The heritage stock as listed above forms part of the visitor experience (manor house shut to the public and out of site).

Architectural Features

The watermill and cottage is of local barnack stone with collyweston slate roofs. Crittle windows, with the surrounding landscape including a stream and mill pond.
The manor house is currently not in use and is shut to the public. Again this is of barnack stone with a collyweston slate roof. Large timber sash windows with internal timber shutters. Arts & Crafts style internal staircase, original gun cupboard, empty stone floor cellar. Exquisite fireplace to one bedroom with plumed/feather decoration to dexter/sinister side of fireplace (black). Further standard ‘Victorian’ fireplaces in other rooms. This property will be put forward for a Heritage Lottery Fund bid at the beginning of 2017, and its current charm is that it remains in its original form and is empty (other than cobwebs!). With the possibility of a future successful bid, the property will not remain in its current state.

Filming Attributes

Located at the junction of the A1/A47 with two available entrances. Grass public car parks, but areas of hard standing at business workshop area. Lane to manor house can be shut to the public which has a turning circle at the top of the lane, by the house itself. Staff have radios and reception/site staff liaise with others to ensure the smooth running of the site on a daily basis.
Hot works would be issued with a permit and ceased 3 hours prior to leaving the site. We have an on-site night watchmen and we would allow night shoots. We use our own heavy plant machinery on our paths and we would allow these to be used. We would be able to offer privacy to well known actors. Sacrewell is owned by the William Scott Abbott Trust, with a Board of Trustees, a General Manager, Debbie Queen and a Senior Management Team.

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Topography

Concrete paths with grassed areas off. Hard standing at front of manor house and workshop areas. A stream runs through the site, fed from a mill pond. A variety of unusual tree specimens flank the lane to the manor house and also to the side of the mill/mill cottage. The stream in areas, is flanked by dry stone walling. We have a large grassed car park for visitors, but areas of this could be roped off for a film crew. This car park is large enough to allow for helicopter landings. The nearest large town is Peterborough, with the historic town of Stamford only a 10 minute drive away. We are surrounded by villages, many of which house thatched properties. The nearest airports would be Stanstead and East Midlands.

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Contact

Email: nancy@heritage4media.com

Phone: Heritage4Media: 07736 364722

Website: http://www.sacrewell.org.uk/