February 18, 2015
With Wolf Hall being hugely popular on television at the moment, we thought it might be pertinent to take a look at the various buildings featured within the BBC series. Wolf Hall is chock full of nice-looking stately homes and if you’re looking for a venue for your corporate event or maybe planning a Wolf Hall-inspired party then look no further for we’ve done your research for you. There’s nothing like dressing like Henry VIII and really feeling like Henry VIII because historically speaking, you could be standing in exactly the same place that he once stood.
Without further ado then, here are the locations which proved so popular in their Tudor heyday and which you may just want to visit for yourselves. Wolf Hall makes them look great but there’s nothing like setting your own eyes upon these possible locations for your event.
A huge Tudor manor house, this location was saved from ruin and restored in the 1920s. In Wolf Hall, it represents York Place, Whitehall, the home of Cardinal Wolsey, Thomas Cromwell’s friend and mentor. Fascinating fact: the interior is bare and Wolf Hall’s production designers had to dress it specially.
In Wolf Hall, this Elizabethan mansion doubles for Greenwich Palace, which was the site of – spoilers! – Anne Boleyn’s arrest. Although Henry VIII uses it in Wolf Hall, he couldn’t ever have actually visited. Since it’s Elizabethan, it was only built at the tail end of the Tudor reign but thankfully, your guests may not know that when they rock up to this venue.
Situated in Wiltshire, this gorgeous location was founded by the Countess of Salisbury in the early 13th Century. Henry VIII sold the abbey following the dissolution of the monasteries (you remember that topic from your school days) and it can now be found in various productions including Cranford, Harry Potter and of course, Wolf Hall, where it represents... Err... Wolf Hall.
Great Chalfield Manor and Garden
Aside from Wolf Hall, you may have seen this popular location in Tess of the D’Uurbervilles, The Other Boleyn Girl and other period pieces. It was built sometime between 1465 and 1480 and was used in Wolf Hall as Thomas Cromwell’s home. In fact, the building used to belong to Thomas Tropenell, a modestly wealthy clothier.
Located in Oxfordshire, Chastleton House was used extensively as a location in Wolf Hall, the exterior being used for Cromwell’s miserable childhood and the interiors doubling up for Wolf Hall itself, where Henry VIII first lays eyes on Jane Seymour. In truth, it is an exceptionally well-preserved Jacobean building, primarily because descendants of the original owners lost their wealth and couldn’t afford to update the architecture.
You may be surprised to learn that this particular location doesn’t feature in the television adaptation of Wolf Hall, despite being famously linked to Henry VIII. Perhaps this is because Henry VIII was gifted it by Cardinal Wolsey just two years before the cardinal’s death and the series primarily focuses on Wolsey’s residence in York Place, Whitehall. Added to this, it looks nothing like it would have done during the Wolsey period because of Henry VIII’s renovations. Whatever the reason, it’s a fabulous location and well worth a visit.
A stately home that forms part of the Blickling estate, Blickling Hall used to belong to the Boleyn family. Set in a prime location, it’s generally believed that all of the children – including Anne – were born here, but the building doesn’t feature in Wolf Hall. This is most likely because the property was rebuilt in the reign of James I, but why let history get in the way of a brilliant event?
Not all venues are available (depending on what you require them for) but feel free to turn up in your finest Wolf Hall garments and head down for a visit regardless. they may be the perfect place to practice your jousting or it may just inspire you to write a smash hit novel as well.
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By Henry Fosdike