Jamaica Inn filmed in Farnley Estates

Jamaica Inn filmed in Farnley

Cornwall came to Farnley Estates recently, when the opening scenes of the latest screen adaptation of Daphne Du Maurier’s Jamaica Inn were filmed in Farnley. The three x 60-minute-part drama airs on BBC One, Easter 2014.

Several locations within Farnley Estates were used for filming scenes from the West Country. Meanwhile, nearby Crowe Edge was chosen as the location for the Inn itself and Marsden was used for filming the moor scenes.

“It’s thanks to Brooke’s Mill owner, Mark Brooke, and Ben Sweet from North Light Studios, who suggested Farnley Estates as a location, and we were delighted to welcome the production company for the filming. It was important for them to get uninterrupted shots of farmland, without any signs of the 21st Century world. It involved temporarily moving a few gates and ploughing certain fields, but the production team loved the result,” said John Sykes, Director, Farnley Estates.

“It just goes to show how beautiful this corner of the world is, when a film company has to come all the way to Farnley Estates to find countryside as stunning as Cornwall. It’s also very good for the local economy, with the potential for tourism,” added John.

Daphne Du Maurier’s tale of smuggling, love and survival, is set in 1820, in the bleak, forbidding landscape of the Cornish moors.

Made by Origin Pictures, with funding from Screen Yorkshire, the production stars Downton Abbey’s Jessica Brown Findlay in the lead role as Mary Yellan. Matthew McNulty, Sean Harris, Ben Daniels, Joanne Whalley and Shirley Henderson, also star. Jamaica Inn was adapted for the screen by writer Emma Frost, who recently wrote the screen adaptation of The White Queen. It is directed by BAFTA-winning Director, Philippa Lowthorpe.