Netflix TV drama films at Tithe Barn

HOLLYWOOD rolled into Bradford on Avon this week when Netflix began filming at the town’s ancient Tithe Barn.

An independent film production company is filming Cursed, an upcoming American television drama series for Netflix.

Based on the forthcoming illustrated novel of the same name by Frank Miller and Tom Wheeler, it is set to premiere later this year.

The cast of Cursed stars Katherine Langford as Nimue, Gustaf Skarsgard, who played Floki in the History Channel series Vikings, Daniel Sharman, Lily Newmark and Peter Mullan.

In a fresh take on the old Arthurian legend, the plot centres on teenager Nimue, who joins forces with mercenary Arthur on a quest to find Merlin and deliver an ancient sword.

John Potter, chairman of the Bradford on Avon Preservation Trust, says he and trustee Kate Larade, have taken a keen interest in the filming at the Grade 1 listed Saxon barn.

“It’s all very interesting and quite complicated. They have been creating steaming dung heaps from straw and have installed medieval vegetable beds.

“They have even been laying down matting on the Victory Field where they park their vehicles to protect the surface underneath.”

The film-makers have installed wooden doors to mask some of the modern glass windows in the old granary barn at the site just off Pound Lane.

The Tithe Barn and granary were originally part of the medieval grange belonging to Shaftesbury Abbey and were built in the early 14th century.

Mr Potter added: “When they have left, Kate will be going over the floor of the Tithe Barn with a magnifying glass to make sure they haven’t damaged anything.

“They have been filming a lot outside, using the Tithe Barn as background, so we are hoping people who see it in the TV series will come to Bradford on Avon.”

Netflix describes the made-for-TV series as “a re-imagining of the Arthurian legend”, told through the eyes of Nimue, who becomes the famed ‘Lady of the Lake’.

In January, set building began on disused Army land in Deepcut, near Camberley. Filming began in March and will continue until September.

Filming has also been reported at the National Trust properties at Frensham Little Pond near Farnham and at Lacock Abbey.

The film’s cast and crew have reportedly been booked into a local hotel, and their vehicles are parked in a field on the outskirts of Bradford on Avon where a huge marquee has been installed.

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