Explore the fascinating world of the Victorian judges at this award-winning historic house.

Filming & Photography

Filming at the museumThe Judge's Lodging offers a fantastic opportunity for film and photography work revolving around the Regency & Victorian periods. Built in 1829, this Grade II* property combines a courthouse and miniature stately home.  It houses three distinct elements in the courtroom and accompanying cells, private apartments used by judges and a full suite of servants' areas. All of these parts of the building have been brought back to their heyday appearance of the 1860s, complete with working gas and oil lights. There is no visible electricity, nor modern additions to the rooms.

Although the building is a working museum and therefore open to the public, this has never been an issue with filming and out of hours shoots are possible.

The town of Presteigne itself is small but thriving.  It is quiet, but well supplied with shops, eateries and places to stay.  Within easy reach of the Midlands (only 60 miles from Birmingham) and all parts of Wales.

If you are interested in using the building as a location, please contact us.  If calling, please ask for Gaby or Dave. The staff are very experienced at working with crews and will be happy to help you organise what you need to make your work with us successful, from places to stay, other locations that may be of use, even sourcing some props or extras. Just ask and we'll do what we can to help.

The building has been used as a location for numerous Welsh and UK-wide documentaries and educational programmes, including the acclaimed BBC series Simon Schama's History of Britain, BBC Wales' Coming Home, Antiques Road Trip and in 2010 became the prime location for S4C's 13-part history series Byw yn ôl y Llyfr (Living by the Book) . Most recently, it was the setting for the BBC's Food & Drink Christmas Special 2013, with Dr Lucy Worsley.  Photographically, it has appeared in publications such as Country Life and World of Interiors.

Just call us on 01544 260650 for a chat or email info@judgeslodging.org.uk

A few photos from recent shoots:

Lucy Worsley & Annie Gray in the kitchen - BBC

Dr Lucy Worsley drinks tea for the BBC

Filming in the Victorian kitchen

Filming in the Victorian Servants' Hall

Filming for a Dr Crippen documentary

Filming for Simon Schama's History of Britain


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Strange But True

  • list arrowWhat did Victoria do first

    after her coronation in 1837?  Have a parliamentary meeting?  Have tea with all the royal dignitaries?  No - she gave her dog, Dash, a bath.


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