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England, My England
Sets and Locations

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A number of locations were used in the filming of England, My England:  some in the seventeenth-century scenes, some are sights visited by Charles and Nell as Charles researches Purcell's lie and times.  Below are details of some of these locations and where you can find them.  I've also included details of other sites which relate to the film.


Banqueting House
Banqueting House was built by Inigo Jones to the Harry meets Mary and William at Banqueting Houseorders of James I and Charles I (1619-22).  It was part of a rebuilding programme of the Medieval palace of Whitehall, but was the only section completed before funds and royal support ran out, making the rest of the plans impossible to follow up.  This is the first purely classical building in the British Isles, and follows Italian and French taste for the antique style, synonymous with the Renaissance. The classical symmetry and scale made this building stand out impressively from the rest, and can be seen clearly in contemporary views from across the River Thames.  The ceilings were painted by the Dutch artist, Pieter Paul Ruebens, and can be seen in glimpses, in the film.  The central painting is a classical allegory, The Apotheosis of King James, celebrating the life of Charles I's father in grandiose style, shortly after his death.

Purcell would have been familiar with the palace, including Banqueting House.  The Medieval section was destroyed at a later date, and Inigo Jones' building is now the only part of the palace to remain.
 
 

Information from Visit Britain.com:

Banqueting House
Whitehall
London
Greater London
SW1A 2ER

Tel: +44 (0) 20 - 7930 4179
Email: pressoff@hrpalaces.u-net.com
Web:  Royal Palaces

Admission includes audio tour and video.

Opening times (2001):
Open all year, Mon-Sat, 1000-1700. Closed Bank Hols, 24 Dec-1 Jan. The Banqueting House may close at short notice for government functions.


The Tower of London

The crown jewels are on display at the Tower of London.    Charles joins the end of a touring group to look at St Edward's crown, specially designed for the Coronation of Charles II.   A mixing of time zones sees Charles discuss non-payment of the commission with the man who made the crown.

 Royal Palaces Website
 


National Maritime Museum

Charles and Nell visit the National Maritime Museum at Greenwich, as they research the history of the later seventeenth-century.  Part of the museum is housed in The Queen's House, built for Queen Anne (Mary's sister, who followed William III onto the British throne).

Click here for more information:  National Maritime Museum


Westminster Abbey

Purcell was organist at Westminster Abbey, and is one of only a few composers to be The cloisters of Westminster Abbeyhonoured with burial there.

A number of scenes are filmed at Westminster, some in the cloisters, and some at Purcell's tomb.

Oliver Cromwell was origianlly buried at Westmister, but following the Restoration, his corporeal remains were disinterred;  he was decapitated and his head was put on public display.  The site of his original burial is now simply marked:  'The Burial Place of Oliver Cromwell, 1658-1661'.

 Westminster Abbey


St Paul's Cathedral

Part of the extensive plans for rebuilding London following the devastating fire of 1666.  Charles II commissioned lavish plans from Sir Christopher Wren.

 St Paul's Cathedral


Theatre Royal, Drury Lane
 


The Royal Court Theatre



 

The British Museum

Charles visits the Reading Room of the British Museum to carry out much of his research.  Since the film was made, the British Library has been moved from the Reading Room to a new location.
 
 


Hampton Court

The earliest part of Hampton Court was built by Cardinal Wolsey, in the first half of the sixteenth-century .  The palace was taken by Henry VIII to become a royal residence.  William III and Mary II commissioned Sir Christopher Wren to modernise and rebuild parts of the palace, though not as extensively as they would have wished, because of lack of funds, and parliamentary disapproval at such extravagance.  Wren, following on the legacy of Inigo Jones, furthered the cause of classical architectural styles in the British Isles, and his additions to the palace are all classical in form.

 Royal Palaces
 


Monument

Information from Visit Britain.com:
The Monument, designed by Sir Christopher Wren to commemorate the Great Fire of London has been welcoming visitors for over 300 years. Today, visitors climb 311 steps to the top of this historic landmark (built 1677) to take in spectacular views of London. As recognition of such achievement each visitor to the Monument receives a certificate as proof of their athletic abilities!

Monument Street
London
Greater London
EC3R 8AH

Tel: +44 (0) 20 - 7626 2717
Email: enquiries@towerbridge.org.uk

Admission  £1.50  £0.50
Combined with Tower Bridge  £6.75 £ 4.25
Opening times (2001):  Open all year, daily, 1000-1740.  Closed 24, 25 Dec.
 



 

Prince Henry's Room and Samuel Pepys Exhibition

Information from Visit Britain.com:
One of the few buildings left untouched by the Great Fire of London in 1666.  There is a collection of items on loan from the Pepys Society and original seventeenth-century wood panelling.  Also has one of the best remaining Jacobean-enriched plaster ceilings in London.

17 Fleet Street
London
Greater London
EC4Y 1AA

Tel: +44 (0) 20 - 7936 4004
Fax: +44 (0) 20 - 7936 2501

Prices:
Admission - free
Opening times (2001):
Open Mon-Sat, 1100-1400. Closed Sun and Bank Hol.
 


Sets

The sets for the interior of Harry's home seem to be inspired by contemporary Dutch genre painting.  Many of the details, such as the musical instruments, the globe, and the fabrics can be seen in paintings by artists including Johannes Vermeer and Pieter de Hooch.
 
 

Vermeer - The Georgrapher
 
 
 

Frances and Harry mourn the death of their child
 

Vermeer - Love Letter
 

Harry leaves his bedroom/living area

Pieter de Hooch
 
 
 
 
 
 

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