CASTLES IN THE FILM ELIZABETH
ALNWICK CASTLE , Northumberland. It Doubles in the film as Leith Castle and the Hunting Lodge where Elizabeth greets the French ambassador. The burning of the martyrs was also filmed here. It dates back to the eleventh century, fell into disrepair in the Tudor/Stuart era and later restored. Is the ancestral home of the Percys, who have occupied the castle since 1309.
BAMBURGH CASTLE, Northumberland. It is used for the scene where an assassin arrives by boat, and is used for landscape scenes. Was built by the Normans, for a time fell under Scottish control, but became an English royal castle from 1157 onwards, a site of defence against the Scots. It was held by the Lancastrians in the Wars of the Roses, and twice came under siege in 1462 and 1464. It was damaged by cannon and fell into ruin. It was restored in later centuries.
HADDON HALL in Derbyshire. Was used as a location for Hatfield House. It dates from the middle ages, and has a chapel. It also has original Elizabethan features such as a long gallery, 110ft long, 17ft wide, and is considered one of the finest examples of a medieval house. It is the home of the Duke of Rutland.
WARKWORTH CASTLE, Northumberland. It was used for the torture chamber scenes of the Tower of London. It dates from the twelfth century. It was transformed in the fifteenth century when it was owned by the Percy earls, and has a Percy lion carved in stone on the north side of the keep. During the sixteenth century the Castle was neglected and parts were demolished, though the keep was retained. It was damaged during the Civil War and pillaged. The Keep was repaired in the nineteenth century.
DORNEY COURT, Windsor, Berkshire. It was used for scenes at the home of Lord Arundel. I
CHILLINGHAM CASTLE , Northumberland. It was used for the apartment of Mary of Guise at Leith Castle in Scotland and Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge. It was the setting for the screen Elizabeth's trysts with Robert Dudley. It is a medieval fortress, and has been the home of the Lords Grey and relations for six hundred years.
RABY CASTLE, County Durham. Once belonged to King Canute . It was used for the Midsummer Eve pageant scenes invoking a fiotilla of barges and a firework display. It dates from the middle ages, but was restored heavily in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. It has been a home to Lord Barnard's family for over 350 years.
AYDON CASTLE. Used for Tower of London torture scenes (Ballard on the rack) and Sir Francis Walsingham's apartments. Dates from the thirteenth century, and is a fortified house rather than a castle. In 1313 it was pillaged and burned by local rebels, and by the Scots in 1346. Was remodelled in the fifteenth century, and in the seventeenth century was let for farming.
BOLTON CASTLE, in Yorkshire. It was used for the armoury, courtyard of the Tower of London, and the French bordello. It was built in 1379 for Richard le Scope, Lord Chancellor of England to Richard II. Mary, Queen of Scots was imprisoned here for six months during 1568 and 1569. It was besieged during the Civil War, and parts fell into ruin in the eighteenth century. In recent years it has been restored.
DURHAM CATHEDRAL. It was used as the Whitehall Palace State Room where Elizabeth addresses Parliament, and the nave was used for the royal court. The building of the Cathedral, in the Romanesque style, began in the eleventh century and was completed in the twelfth.
YORK MINSTER. It was used for scenes depicting Elizabeth's coronation, and hundreds of locals joined in as extras. Elizabeth is the first film to get permission to film in the Cathedral. It is the largest Gothic Cathedral in northern Europe.
ST. ALBAN'S CHURCH, near Teddington, Middlesex. It was used for Elizabeth's Coronation party in the film, and the final scene in which Elizabeth reinvents herself as the iconic virgin. It was built in 1887 in the French Gothic style, with a copper-roofed structure. It is now an arts centre and often used for filming.