“ Tewkesbury Abbey is a 900 year old building which is visited regularly by many people for many reasons. Historically we can cover many periods of history from Norman, Gothic and Gothic Revival to the present day. We would welcome filming at Tewkesbury. ”

Architectural History

Tewkesbury Abbey was founded in 1087, although the construction of the present Abbey did not start until 1102. Built to house Benedictine monks, the Norman Abbey was near completion when consecrated in 1121. In the first half of the 14th century, embellishments in the Decorated style were made to the long Nave Roof and the apsidal Chancel. The Abbey survived the monastic dissolution of 1540 because the townspeople raised the money to buy the Abbey from King Henry VIII. During this time, however, the Lady Chapel and the monastic buildings were demolished. The Norman Tower, the largest in Europe, survived as the Abbey’s landmark feature, as did the magnificent Nave. The pews were removed in 1796 leaving a large, open area in the central portion of the Abbey. From 1875 to 1879 the Abbey underwent a major restoration by Sir Gilbert Scott and Sons.

Architectural Features

The Abbey is constructed primarily in a smooth faced limestone. On entering through the north Porch, the long and soaring space of the Nave, combined with the massive Norman Piers, is an awe-inspiring sight. The central crossing Tower is one of the largest and finest surviving Norman towers in Europe. The Abbey’s many vaulted ceilings boast incredibly intricate patterns, with ornately carved stone bosses where the ribs intersect. The vast Nave contrasts with the more intimate spaces of the medieval chantry chapels radiating from the Apse at the eastern end. The delicate carving found in these chapels is outstanding. The Abbey also has excellent examples of Stained Glass dating from the 14th to the 20th centuries. The Abbey offers something of interest at every turn including the fine Victorian rood screen, the 17th century Milton Organ, the unique sacristy door, the Victorian inlaid tiled floor and the two magnificent cast-iron Gurney Stoves, still in working order.

Filming Attributes

Tewkesbury Abbey offers all amenities: toilets, a kitchen, storage space and car parking. Although vehicles cannot be driven up to the main doors, the South Door gives access with a short porterage distance. Animals are allowed. Plenty of volunteers would be on hand to help film crews.

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Special Considerations

  • Hotworks
  • Weekend Shoots

Topography

Tewkesbury Abbey is situated in the southern part of Tewkesbury, a typical market town, with some elements of the medieval town still surrounding the Abbey. The Abbey stands near the River Avon in an extensive lawned area which is enhanced by groupings of mature trees.
Tewkesbury is a short drive from Cheltenham or Gloucester and is very close to the M5. Gloucestershire Airport is also close by.

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Contact

Email: nancy.sheridan@heritage4media.com

Phone: Heritage4Media: 07736 364722

Website: www.tewkesburyabbey.org.uk