Our first day of filming

The film is underway!

We spent our first day of filming at the beautiful Penshurst Place and Gardens in the glorious Kent sunshine.

Penshurst Place and Gardens

Set in stunning countryside, the original part of the house was built in 1341 by Sir John de Pultney. Penshurst Place has been owned by the Sidney family since 1552, after passing through the hands of two of Henry IV’s sons, then the Dukes of Buckingham before returning to Henry VIII. He used it as a hunting lodge. The current owner is Philip Sidney, 2nd Viscount De L’Isle MBE.

At Penshurst Place we interviewed Steve Murphy, who runs Tudor History Tours, and Mary, an American from Tennessee. They were on the fifth day of his Six Wives Tour.

Steve told us that this was his fourth year of running tours and that there had been an upsurge of interest in the Tudor Period. Their clients are 9:1 women and they have had many Anne Boleyn fans. Last year two women brought along their Boleyn necklaces to have themselves photographed in front of her portrait at Hever Castle.

Steve’s favourite portrayal of Anne Boleyn was done by Genevieve Bujold in Anne of the Thousand Days. Over a coffee, Steve showed us some of the film as it was filmed at Penshurst Place. (It certainly put our footage to shame!)

Our interview was going very well until the performers behind us  suddenly fired a musket gun! It nearly gave us a heartache. The footage will definitely be going into our out-take reel at the end of production!

The Great Hall.

We then looked around the part of the house which is open to the public. The house was a beautiful showcase of many different periods of history as the rooms ranged from the Great Hall, which was completed in 1341, to the Queen Elizabeth Room, named after Queen Elizabeth I as she held audience there during her many visits to Penshurst Place. At the end of the tour, there is an exhibition of family photographs, which clearly show the history of the house.

In the Great Hall, there were costumes from the medieval period for visitors to try on. Kathryn certainly got into the swing of it…

There is also a video of Kathryn in costume but it will be included in our out-take reel!

We’d like to thank the Viscount de L’Isle for letting us come and film at Penshurst Place and Steve and Mary for allowing us to interview them. Once the interviews have been edited, we will post them here.

Charli Burden

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