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The Real Places of Jane Eyre's World
Posted February 24, 2011 to photo album "The Real Places of Jane Eyre's World"
Jane Eyre’s production designer Will Hughes-Jones and location manager Giles Edleston worked hard to find just the right places to capture the romantic landscape of Charlotte Brontë’s masterpiece.
Thornfield Hall, after the fire
Actual Place: Wingfield Manor
After Thornfield Hall is destroyed, Jane rediscovers the house that had brought her such joy and terror: “The front was, as I had once seen it in a dream, but a well-like wall, very high and very fragile-looking, perforated with paneless windows: no roof, no battlements, no chimneys - all had crashed in.” Needing to find a house both ruined and distinguished, the filmmakers turned to Wingfied Manor in Derbyshire. Originally built in the 1440s for Ralph, Lord Cromwell, Treasurer of England, the grand style has been labeled an example of late medieval “conspicuous consumption.” From 1569, the house served as the place of house arrest for Mary, Queen of Scots. During the English Civil War, Wingfield was destroyed in sieges between the Royalists and Parliament forces. And while repairs were attempted, the great estate languished in disrepair. Now it is in the care of English Heritage.