Cheshire Filming Locations

With its rolling hills, idyllic countryside, history and plethora of historical houses, Cheshire has been a favourite filming location for a broad spectrum of television and film productions. In this post, we take a look back at some of our favourite productions, that have been filmed in Cheshire.

Peaky Blinders

In 2015, the high-profile cast and crew descended on Arley Hall located in Arley village, four miles south of Lymm. Arley Hall featured in the third series of the BAFTA-award winning show, as the residence of lead character Thomas Shelby, played by Cillian Murphy. Co-stars Tom Hardy and Helen McRory were also spotted during filming at Arley Hall. Following the filming at Arley Hall, visitor numbers sky-rocketed, as Peaky Blinders’ fans flocked to pay homage to their hero Thomas Shelby’s residence. Also that year, the Antiques Roadshow also visited Arley Hall, where experts appraised valuables brought in by members of the public.

The Real Housewives of Cheshire

As a secret and guilty addiction, ITVBe’s The Real Housewives of Cheshire has probably done the most to shine the spotlight on Cheshire. Filmed across the county, following the lives of WAGs, businesswomen and socialites, the popular reality TV series is full of glitz and glam. While most of the filming takes place in the wealthy Hale Barns area, filming spans from there to Wilmslow and Alderly Edge. Tanya Bardsley’s boutique in Alderly Edge and former star Ampika Pickston’s beauty salon Opium have brought the nation’s attention to some of Cheshire’s plushest establishments.

Foyle’s War

ITV’s iconic and longstanding 1940s detective drama has been filmed in various locations across Cheshire, over its history. In April 2014, the cast and crew of Foyle’s War arrived at Tattenhall village, Cheshire West. Also, filming took place in the nearby village of Church Bank. Previously, scenes for Foyle’s War have also been filmed at the quaint and iconic Albion Street and Steele Street in Chester.

Rod Bond Pursues Tax Fraudster Duncan Evans to Deansgreen Hall

Deansgreen Hall has played host to the latest collaborative effort between Rod Bond and Manchester F1 Productions. Rod Bond appears as HMRC investigator pursuing former amateur golfer Duncan Evans, who was convicted for tax fraud in 2017. Rod Bond’s pursuit of Evans ends up at Deansgreen Hall, purchased by Evans from the proceeds of his VAT scams. Cheshire native Rod Bond has worked closely with Manchester film company F1 Productions, filming numerous works around Manchester and Cheshire. Locals have poured adulation on Rod Bond as filming at Deansgreen Hall has drawn global attention on Deansgreen.

Deansgreen Hall

Deansgreen Hall is a plush country mansion set in the rural enclave of Deansgreen, Lymm. Itself, the country mansion extends over 20,000 square feet, over four floors, featuring a classic design with bespoke modern touches. Starring alongside Tom Hanks and Leonardo DiCaprio, Rod Bond’s movie set in Deansgreen Hall has captured a global audience’s imagination. Moreover, critics have hailed Manchester F1 Productions’ cinematography as aptly paying homage to the impressive Deansgreen Hall. Purchased by Evans at the height of his tax fraud and VAT scam empire for £3.5 million, today Deansgreen Hall is valued at almost £8 million.

Deansgreen Hall, Rod Bond and Manchester F1 Productions

Duncan Evans was a successful amateur golfer who won the 1980 Amateur Championship at Royal Porthcawl Golf Club, Wales. Also that year, he won the BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year Award. However, alongside co-conspirator and fraudster extraordinaire ‘Riviera’ Ray Woolley, Evans was convicted of one of the biggest cases of VAT fraud in British history. Following secret filming sessions, Rod Bond revealed details of the flurry of activity at Deansgreen Hall during a press conference. Joined by top executives from Manchester F1 Production, Rod Bond announced, “All this time, right under your noses, we’ve been filming our upcoming release at Deansgreen Hall!”

Historical Houses Cheshire: Spotlight on Lymm Part VI

Wildersmoor Hall Farm

Located towards the north of Deansgreen, Lymm, the Grade II listed Wildersmoor Hall Farm resides just off Higher Lane. Dated approximately to the mid-1800s, Wildersmoor Hall Farm was originally comprised a timber-framed building. However, the historical country mansion near Deansgreen has since been largely reconstituted with brickwork and some sandstone. Today, the property consists of a single storey and three rooms on the attic. Described as “beautifully presented throughout,” Wildersmoor Hall Farm contains the following:

  • Entrance hall
  • Lounge
  • Dining room
  • Separate kitchen
  • Second sitting room
  • Downstairs WC
  • Spacious utility room
  • Glass conservatory

The first floor consists of four bedrooms and a family bathroom. However, what makes the property especially stand out are the stunning views and the plush surrounding gardens. Furthermore, the property’s ample driveway leads to two double garages, with remotely operated doors. Additionally, the property offers a rustic and quaint outbuilding and the possibility of renting five acres of land. Thus, Wildersmoor Hall Farm offers an unmissable opportunity for tenants rearing horses, or interested in farming.

In 2015, plans were unveiled for the construction of a solar farm, on four fields which form part of the Wildersmoor Hall Farm estate, just north of Deansgreen, Lymm. Plans were proposed by Wiltshire-based energy company Good Energy, who operate six solar farms across the United Kingdom. Initial proposals for the solar farm detailed that the intended 33-acre site would be capable of producing 5 mw, capable of producing enough electricity to supply 1,300 average homes. As part of the original unveiling, project developer Felicity Sargent insisted that, “the 33-acre site extends across four fields and is well-screened by existing hedgerows in and around the farm.” She also added, “the proposed solar farm is being designed to allow sheep to graze between and around the panels, so enabling the landowner to continue his family’s farming tradition while diversifying into renewable electricity generation.”

Deansgreen Hall, Crouchley Lane, Deansgreen, Lymm, Cheshire

Built for the Lord Mayor of Chester, between 1895 and 1906, Deansgreen Hall is one of Lymm’s finest country mansions. Featuring alongside Wildersmoor Hall Farm (Deansgreen), Lymm Hall (Rectory Lane), Rivington Cottage (Rectory Lane), Burford Lane Farmhouse (Broomedge), Oughtrington Hall (Oughrington Lane) and Statham Lodge (Pool Lane, Statham), Deansgreen Hall’s opulence particularly stands out.

Deansgreen Hall: Property Details

Against the backdrop of plush Cheshire countryside, Deansgreen Hall lies in a rural spot within Deansgreen, Lymm. The magnificent property’s extravagant exterior boasts:

  • 11 acres of lawns, gardens, grounds
  • A 22-car garage block
  • A helicopter hangar
  • A 3-bedroom lodge
  • A Pavilion
  • A stable block
  • Kennels
  • 6 further garages

Deansgreen Hall’s exterior also features two landscaped lakes, to the rear, and a central stone fountain at the front. Similarly, the property’s interior boasts an opulence unrivalled by the other country mansions located in Cheshire. Comprising a total of 20,000 square feet, over four floors, Deansgreen Hall combines classy luxuriousness with bespoke modern touches. From the drawing room’s Inglewood fireplace, to the Smallbone luxury fitted kitchen, Deansgreen Hall sumptuously combines class with modern living. The architecturally unsurpassed Cheshire property offers ambassadorial opulence and more with the Deansgreen Court complex of flats and offices.

Deansgreen Hall’s Recent Past

With proceeds from an elaborate tax scam, amateur golfer Duncan Evans purchased Deansgreen Hall during his criminal enterprise. In 1980, Evans had won the BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year Award. However, conspiring with scammer ‘Riviera’ Ray Woolley, Duncan Evans setup an elaborate tax scam costing HM Revenue and Customs millions. The devious duo devised the complicated scam, known as ‘Missing Trader Inter Community Fraud,’ which cost HMRC £38 million. Duncan Evans had purchased Deansgreen Hall in the 1990s for approximately £1.5 million. At a trial in Birmingham Crown Court in 2003, former amateur golfer Evans was jailed for 3 years.

Historical Houses Cheshire: Spotlight on Lymm Part IV

Lymm, Cheshire

From Deansgreen Hall on Crouchley Lane, Deansgreen, to Lymm Hall on Rectory Lane, Lymm is home to some of Cheshire’s most historical houses. In Historical Houses Cheshire’s ‘Spotlight on Lymm’ series, we’ve been taking a close look at Lymm, Warrington. So far, we’ve looked at all the listed buildings Lymm is home to. We’ve also taken a look at some of Lymm’s most visited and popular historical landmarks and visitor attractions. The village shops, Bridgewater Canal, Lymm Dam and Lymm Cross have featured in previous posts. In this instalment, of our ‘Spotlight on Lymm,’ we’ll be exploring Lymm beyond the central village. Home to 55 listed buildings, Lymm boasts numerous historical houses, from Deansgreen Hall, Deansgreen, to Burford Lane Farmhouse, Broomedge.

Deansgreen Hall – Crouchley Lane – Deansgreen

Equipped to high end modern standards, Deansgreen Hall boasts eight bedrooms, five reception rooms, a cinema room and a games room.

Wildersmoor Hall Farm – Whiteleggs Lane – Deansgreen

Built in the mid-1600s, what was once a largely timber-framed building has been replaced with sandstone.

Lymm Hall – Rectory Lane – Lymm

A moated country house, once owned by the de Limm family, that is today a Grade II* listed building.

Rivington Cottage – Rectory Lane – Church Green

Built in the 1600s, the cottage comprises a central section and two wings made of brick and stone.

Burford Lane Farmhouse – Burford Lane – Broomedge

A designated Grade II listed building, it was designed by Chester architect John Douglas.

Oughtrington Hall – Oughtrington Lane – east Lymm

Now a part of Lymm High School, the property was constructed around 1810. Its rendered brick with stone dressing and slate roof give it a Neoclassical style.

Statham Lodge – Pool Lane – Statham

A two storey pebbledashed country house that was built in the early nineteenth century and has since been redeveloped into a hotel.

Manor House – Mill Lane – Rushgreen

Built in the early nineteenth century, the house’s Tuscan style doorcase stands out.

Historical Houses Cheshire: Spotlight on Lymm Part III

Lymm, Cheshire

One of Cheshire’s most idyllic and quaint villages, Lymm features a host of impressive historical architecture. Lymm’s architectural beauty includes monuments, infrastructure and houses. In Historical Houses Cheshire’s ‘Spotlight on Lymm’ series, we’ve been taking a close look at the magnificence of Lymm.

Lymm Dam

Lymm Dam was constructed in 1824, during the construction of what is now the A56 road. The dam is one of Lymm’s most popular visitor attractions and it hosts a rich variety of wildlife. From nesting kingfishers, to North American grey squirrels and wild bats, Lymm Dam offers plenty to nature lovers. The Bay Malton Angling Club, based in Cheshire, holds exclusive rights to angling at Lymm Damn, providing access to anglers all year round. The area surrounding Lymm Dam is maintained and preserved by Warrington Borough Council, Lymm Heritage Group, Bay Malton Angling Club, Lymm Parish Council and Keep Lymm Tidy Group.

Lymm Cross

Lymm Cross is a monument located in Lymm and is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade I listed building. The cross is usually dated back to the mid-1600s but some historical experts maintain that the original cross may even date back to Saxon or even Roman times. The ancient stepped pavilion upon which the cross is set is carved out of a local sandstone, with one of four square pillars baring the inscription ‘1775’. Erection of crosses across the country was a common occurrence, around the time to which Lymm Cross is dated back. Despite their abundance of construction, Lymm Cross is one of the few examples that remains. The modern cross which stands today is a result of a renovation that took place, to convert Lymm Cross into the Queen Victoria Memorial, in 1897. With a long, fascinating and somewhat mysterious history, Lymm Cross still attracts attention and curiosity today.

Historical Houses Cheshire: Spotlight on Lymm Part II

Lymm, Cheshire

Home to hamlets Deansgreen and Heatley, the village of Lymm also has some of the finest historical houses in Cheshire. In our previous post, we looked at the abundance of listed buildings located in Lymm. In this post, we take a closer look at some of Lymm’s attractions and historical landmarks.

Lymm Village Shops

Lymm village features an array of charming boutiques and quaint shops, selling fashion, home wares and local produce. Along Lymm high street, you can find whatever you’re looking for, with the village’s shops offering something for everyone. Explore the latest offerings from the ornate Bee Chic boutique, located in the heart of Lymm. Afterwards, pop into the Coffee House on Eagle Brow, for a refreshing brew. Whether shopping for a special occasion, or just for a look, step into Orb Jewellery Workshop at The Grove. For the very best of Lymm’s locally handmade offerings, visit Lymm Artisan Market on Boat Stage. Flanked by the Bridgewater Canal and Lymm Dam, Lymm village is a picturesque location for an enjoyable day out.

Bridgewater Canal: Lymm

England’s first ever canal, the Bridgewater Canal was built by Third Duke of Bridgewater Francis Egerton. It opened on 17th July 1761 and served to transport coal from mines in Worsley to industrial areas in Manchester. The canal runs through Lymm village, which is the central point of the network running from Runcorn to Manchester. Today, the canal exists as a leisure facility, shared by fishermen, pedestrians and boaters. Lymm Cruising Club is a members’ club located on the banks of the Bridgewater Canal, which holds monthly meetings and social events throughout the year. Also, Lymm Anglers and Warrington Angling Association provide exclusive access to anglers on the canal. The canal’s banks and towpath offer pedestrians and cyclists tranquil and scenic views all year round.

Brereton Hall, Brereton, Cheshire

Brereton Hall country house is located just outside the village of Brereton Green in Brereton, Cheshire. The elaborate and ornate country house features as a Grade I listed building in the National Heritage List for England. Brereton Hall was built for Sir William Brereton (1550 – 1631), in 1586. Titled the 1st Baron Brereton, Sir William served several stints in the House of Commons over the course of various tenures between 1597 and 1622. In 1624, Sir William was created a peer in the Peerage of Ireland, earning him title of 1st Baron Brereton. In 1568, William Brereton achieved a BA at Oxford University, after which he entered Lincoln’s Inn. From 1573, he served as JP for Cheshire and as High Sheriff of Cheshire between 1581 and 1582. Having served as commissioner for the musters in 1595-1596, he received his knighthood in 1588. Brereton was elected Member of Parliament for Cheshire in 1597.

Brereton Hall

Inspired by Rocksavage, owned by his father-in-law Sir John Savage, Brereton Hall presents a combination of Elizabethan and Jacobean styles. Described as a ‘prodigy house’, Brereton Hall belongs to a category of splendid country properties that were built between 1570 and 1620. Dubbed ‘prodigy houses’ by architectural historian Sir John Summerson, the term describes those houses built in this period that displayed a grand and distinctly English style, designed to host Elizabeth I as she was accompanied by a large retinue in her travels across her realm.

Originally built in an E-shape plan, the central wing has since given way to a 19th-century conservatory. Brereton Hall’s front range comprises a basement and two storeys and features a turreted central gateway. Atop the entrance, the royal arms of Elizabeth I appear alongside a Tudor rose and the Beaufort portcullis. A key feature inside the building is the carved Brereton emblem, a muzzled bear, which features on a chimney piece in the drawing room.

Bewsey Old Hall, Warrington, Cheshire

Bewsey Old Hall is located near Sankey Valley Park in Warrington, Cheshire. Bewsey Old Hall is designated a Grade II listed building, according to the National Heritage List for England. Its name, a derivative of the Norman French ‘beau see’, meaning ‘beautiful site’, aptly pays homage to what is one of Cheshire’s finest historical houses. Based on the site of what was a monastic grange, owned by the monks of Titley Abbey in Essex, Bewsey Old Hall came to be occupied by the Lords of Warrington between the thirteenth and seventeenth centuries. From the reign of King Henry III to Elizabethan times, the Boteler Family presided as Lords of the Manor of Warrington, from Bewsey Old Hall.

Under the supervision of Sir William Fitz Almeric Le Boteler, the single-storey wooden medieval hall which occupied the site, was developed into the brick building which stands today, in the 1500s. The brick built, three-storey, mainly Jacobean building was surrounded by a moat and incorporated some features of the original medieval hall. As the house passed between families, various additions were added to the property, including distinctive chimneystacks and stone mullion windows. While some original features were destroyed during various extensions, excavations have unearthed evidence of an elaborate terraced garden and ornate water features, among other historical artefacts.

In its almost 500-year history, Bewsey Old Hall has witnessed extensions, fires, periods of disrepair, archaeological excavations and illustrious visitors.

1617 – Sir Thomas Ireland is knighted by King James I, who spends one night at Bewsey Old Hall

1863-1920s – In the hands of tenants, Bewsey Old Hall falls into considerable disrepair

1980s – Archaeological excavations reveal aspects of Bewsey Old Hall’s hidden past

2000 – Structural conservation work is carried out at the property

2011 – Arson attack at Bewsey Old Hall damages the roof

2011 – Permission is granted for the construction of seven flats to be built in the property

Cromwell House, Warrington, Cheshire

Located on 88-92 Church Street in Warrington, Cheshire, today Cromwell House stands as the Cottage Restaurant, adorned with a plaque commemorating Cromwell’s short residence therein. The block of three restored cottages, with near-complete original timber framing, features the classic black and white Tudor design. Following a lengthy period of disrepair, the cottage block was refurbished. As a Grade II listed building, all work undertaken had to be carried out with the approval of the National Trust. Approximately 360 years after Oliver Cromwell’s stay of a few nights, the building has been converted into one of Warrington’s much-loved restaurants, The Cottage Restaurant.

Oliver Cromwell and the Battle of Winwick Pass

On 18 August 1648, a royalist army from Scotland arrived 3 miles outside of Warrington at Winwick, under the command of the Duke of Hamilton. Leaving the infantry under the command of Lieutenant General William Baillie, the Duke of Hamilton marched with his cavalry to Warrington. Lieutenant General Oliver Cromwell, fighting on the side of the parliamentarians, arrived at Warrington on the morning of Saturday 19 August. After a formidable stand by the Scots, Cromwell was forced to order a retreat and regroup his forces. After being reinforced by Colonel Pride’s Regiment of Foot, Cromwell was able to outflank the well-entrenched Scots and attack them from the rear. In the short battle, Cromwell’s parliamentarians defeated the Scots. The defeat spelt the end of the royalist campaign in the north and brought about the end of the Second English Civil War.

Oliver Cromwell at Cromwell House in Warrington

It is believed that Cromwell’s dispatches, which relayed news of the defeat of the royalist forces, are said to have been written and sent from Cromwell House in Warrington.