Churches offer some of the most magnificent architectural locations in the UK. From spectacular backdrops in Hollywood movies to everyday life events in favourite soap operas, from the grandest cathedral to the humblest parish church; they are indispensable on screen as they are in reality. Sometimes they are churches, sometimes they are something else altogether. The fun is in spotting them, and then visiting the real life locations of our favourite on screen moments.

I was adored once too

Muppets: Most Wanted / Snow White and the Huntsman / Sherlock Holmes / The Other Boleyn Girl / Elizabeth: The Golden Age / Shakespeare in Love / Four Weddings and a Funeral / Robin Hood Prince of Thieves // Over the years, the church has featured in a large and growing number of films. It is sometimes difficult to keep up, with several productions taking place each year. Film is just one of the roles this special place plays in the wider community.

St Bartholomew the Great, Smithfield

Life is filled with secrets

The Da Vinci Code // Rosslyn Chapel came to worldwide prominence through The Da Vinci Code. The novel was written by Dan Brown, published in 2003 and filmed in 2006. In the story the main characters follow a set of clues to unravel a mystery culminating at Rosslyn chapel. Dan Brown has said ‘I knew that its finale would have to take place at the most mysterious and magical chapel on earth, Rosslyn.’ The Da Vinci Code has had a profound impact on visitor numbers, which grew to over 176,000, allowing the Trust to complete its major conservation project.

Rosslyn Chapel, Roslin

I like you very much, just as you are

Bridget Jones’s Baby // Where we finally get to see Bridget marry her Mr Darcy. St Lawrence’s is already on the filming map as it is on West Wycombe Hill, a National Trust park which features the stately home of the Dashwood Family. For Bridget Jones Baby the production company completely stripped the church, even taking the font out. However they took detailed photographs of everything and put it all back in place exactly as it had been.

St Lawrence, West Wycombe

Another day, another destiny

Les Miserables // The village church was transformed to look like one in 19th century France during the filming of Les Misérables starring Hugh Jackman. The inside of the church was also used to film scenes. The belfry was converted into a tavern, the porch by the entrance on the south side of the church became a bishop’s lodging and the muniment room was made into a mayor’s office.

St Mary the Virgin, Ewelme

Truly scrumptious

Goodnight Mr Tom / 101 Dalmations / Chitty Chitty Bang Bang // The village is better known as Dibley from the BBC series the Vicar of Dibley, in which the delightful St Mary the Virgin Church is better known as St Barnabas. The village has also featured in the 101 Dalmatians, Goodnight Mr Tom, Pride and Prejudice and various other TV series including Little Britain and Midsomer Murders. The Cobstone Windmill featured in the film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

St Mary the Virgin, Turville

You’re a wizard, Harry

The Wolfman / The Other Boleyn Girl / Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets // Lacock Abbey represented Wolf Hall, the Seymour family seat, in the TV series. The abbey has also appeared in Cranford, The Other Boleyn Girl, The Wolfman and the Harry Potter films. Some sequences in Harry Potter include the cloister walk when Harry leaves Professor Lockhart's room and a peeling plaster room where Harry attends Professor Snape's class. The interior of the abbey was also used in the BBC production of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.

Lacock Abbey Lacock

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