Cornwall is the homeland of the Cornish people and diaspora, and is considered one of the six "Celtic nations" by many residents and scholars. The county continues to retain its distinct identity, with its own history, language and culture. Many inhabitants question the present constitutional status of Cornwall, and a self-government movement seeks greater autonomy within the UK. The area is noted for its wild moorland landscapes, its extensive and varied rugged coastline and numerous beaches. It also enjoys one of the mildest climates of the whole of the UK.
You'll have to watch the whole of the movie, as Cornwall only appears at the end when Marple solves the murder.
Devon is also referred to as Devonshire, but that is rarely used inside of the county. The county shares borders with Cornwall to the west and Dorset and Somerset to the east. Its coastline follows the English Channel to the south and the Bristol Channel to the north. It is the only county in England with two separate coastlines.The county is home to part of England's only natural UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Dorset and East Devon Coast, known as the Jurassic Coast for its geology and geographical features. Devon has seaside resorts and historic towns and cities, and a mild climate, accounting for the large tourist sector of its economy.
The Isle of Wight is an English island and county, located 3–5 miles (5–8 km) from the south coast of the mainland, in the English Channel. It is situated south of the county of Hampshire and is separated from mainland Britain by the Solent. The island's holiday resorts have been popular since Victorian times and the island is known for its outstanding natural beauty and for its world-famous sailing based at Cowes. The Isle of Wight festival is also a major event for lovers of music.
Hampshire sometimes historically Southamptonshire, Hamptonshire (Hants), or the County of Southampton, is a county on the south coast of England. It is a popular holiday area, with tourist attractions including its many seaside resorts, the maritime area in Portsmouth, and the motor museum at Beaulieu. The New Forest National Park lies within the borders, as does a large area of the South Downs, which has now become a National Park. Hampshire has a long maritime history and two of England's largest ports lie on its coast. The county is famed as home of writers Jane Austen and Charles Dickens and the birthplace of engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel.
In the movie 'A Man for All Seasons' the ‘Thames’ is actually the River Beaulieu, flowing through the estate of Beaulieu Abbey (shown above).
Wiltshire is characterised by its high downland and wide valleys. Salisbury Plain is famous as the location of the Stonehenge stone circle and other ancient landmarks and as the main training area in the UK of the British Army. The city of Salisbury is notable for its medieval cathedral, and important country houses open to the public include Longleat, near Warminster, and the National Trust's Stourhead, near Mere.
The county can be split into two sections geographically. The south leads from the River Thames up the gentle slopes of the Chiltern Hills to the more abrupt slopes on the northern side leading to the Vale of Aylesbury, a large flat expanse of land, which includes the path of the River Great Ouse.The county includes two of the three longest rivers in England. The River Thames forms the southern boundary with Berkshire, which has crept over the border at Eton and Slough meaning the river is no longer the sole boundary between the two counties. The River Great Ouse begins just outside the county in Northamptonshire and flows east through Buckingham, Milton Keynes and Olney.The main branch of the grand Union Canal flows through the county as do its arms to Slough, Aylesbury, Wendover and Buckingham. The canal has been incorporated into Milton Keynes.
The county appears a couple of times in the movie Genevieve, the most memorable moment being the visit to The One Pin Pub. The Pub is still there in Hedgerley.
Berkshire is a Home County in the South East of England. It is also often referred to as the Royal County of Berkshire because of the presence of the royal residence of Windsor Castle; this usage, which dates to the 19th century at least, was recognised by the Queen in 1958. The county is one of the oldest in England. It may date from the 840s, the probable period of the unification of "Sunningum" (East Berkshire) and "Ashdown" (the Berkshire Downs, probably including the Kennet Valley). The county is first mentioned by name in 860. According to Asser, it takes its name from a large forest of box trees that was called Bearroc (believed, in turn, to be a Celtic word meaning "hilly").
For the movie 'The Rocky Horror Picture Show', Oakley Court (Shown above) was used for Frank-N-furter’s mansion.
The first recorded use of the county name was in 1011 as "Bedanfordscir", meaning the shire or county of Bedford, which itself means "Beda's ford" (river crossing). There are many visitors attractions within the county including Woburn Safari Park, Whipsnade Wildlife Park and The Shuttleworth Collection. International travellers to England may travel actually arrive here without knowing it as London Luton Airport is in the county of Bedfordshire.
Somerset is a rural county of rolling hills such as the Mendip Hills, Quantock Hills and Exmoor National Park, and large flat expanses of land including the Somerset Levels. There is evidence of human occupation from Neolithic times, the county played a significant part in the consolidation of power and rise of King Alfred the Great, the English Civil War and the Monmouth Rebellion.
Agriculture is a major business in the county. Farming of sheep and cattle, including for wool and the county's famous cheeses, are traditional and contemporary, as is the more unusual cultivation of willow for basketry. Apple orchards were once plentiful, and to this day Somerset is known for the production of strong cider.
Dorset is famous for the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, which features landforms such as Lulworth Cove, the Isle of Portland, Chesil Beach and Durdle Door, as well as the holiday resorts of Bournemouth, Poole, Weymouth, Swanage, and Lyme Regis. Dorset is the principal setting of the novels of Thomas Hardy, who was born near Dorchester. The county has a long history of human settlement and some notable archaeology, including the hill forts of Maiden Castle and Hod Hill.
The county is one of the most rural and least densely populated in England, with a population density of 82/km² (212/sq mi). The land use is predominantly agricultural and the county is well known for its fruit and cider production, and the world famous Hereford cattle breed.
The county has a major tourism industry. The area is noted for the concentration of performance motorsport companies and facilities. Oxford University Press has headed a concentration of print and publishing firms; the university is also linked to the concentration of local biotechnology companies.
The main centre of population is the city of Oxford. Other significant settlements are Banbury, Bicester, Kidlington, and Chipping Norton to the north of Oxford; Witney to the west; Thame and Chinnor to the east; and Abingdon, Wantage, Didcot, Wallingford and Henley-on-Thames to the south. The county has two universities, significantly the University of Oxford and also Oxford Brookes University, both located in Oxford.
Other than the city of Worcester, there are several other small to medium sized towns such as Kidderminster, Bromsgrove, Malvern, Pershore, Evesham and Redditch. The southern part of the county is still largely rural.
Nottinghamshire is famous for its involvement with the legend of Robin Hood. This is also the reason for the amount of tourists who visit places like Sherwood Forest, City of Nottingham and the surrounding villages in Sherwood Forest.
West Yorkshire developed around several industries. Bradford, Halifax and Huddersfield were grown through the development of woollen mills, Leeds' traditional industry was the manufacturing of cloth, while heavier engineering industries facilitated growth in South Leeds. Wakefield, Castleford, Pontefract and South and East Leeds were traditional coal mining areas. Leeds has since attracted investment from financial institutions, to become a recognised financial centre, with many banks, building societies and insurance companies having offices in the city (shown above). Wakefield has also attracted many service based industries, in particular call centres. Two of the big four supermarkets are from West Yorkshire. Morrisons is based in Bradford, while Asda is based in Leeds.
Lying on the east side of the Pennines, South Yorkshire is landlocked, and borders Derbyshire (to the south-west), West Yorkshire (to the northwest), North Yorkshire (to the north), the East Riding of Yorkshire (to the northeast), Lincolnshire (to the east) and Nottinghamshire (to the southeast). The Sheffield Urban Area is the sixth most populous conurbation in England, and dominates the western half of South Yorkshire with over half of the county's population living within it.
A substantial portion of the Peak District National Park lies within Derbyshire. The northern part of Derbyshire overlaps with the Pennines, a famous chain of hills and mountains. The county contains part of the National Forest, and borders on Greater Manchester, West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Staffordshire and Cheshire. Derbyshire can make some claims to be at the centre of Britain: a farm near Coton in the Elms has been identified as the furthest from the sea, whilst Rodsley and Overseal were the centres of population during the twentieth century.
Note: This location was used by Pride & Prejudice as well!
Rutland may be England's smallest county, but it does include one of the largest man-made reservoirs in Europe – Rutland Water.
It was also the inspiration for Eric Idle's 1970s TV sketch show Rutland Weekend Television. Written by Idle, with music by Neil Innes, the show centred on Britain's smallest television network and spawned Beatles tribute band The Rutles.
Staffordshire was used in the 1952's Hunted, starring Dirk Bogarde, which features scenes filmed in Cobridge and Penkhull. Other locations include Middleport and Burslem, which appeared in The Card, based on one of Arnold Bennett's Five Towns novels, and Alton Towers, one of the settings for Bollywood extravaganza Lamhe.
Shropshire is one of England's most rural and sparsely populated counties with a population density of 130/km² (337/sq mi).The Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty covers about a quarter of the county, mainly in the south. The River Severn, Great Britain's longest river, runs through the county, exiting into Worcestershire via the Severn Valley. It is also home to the Shropshire Union Canal (shown here).
Taking its name from the River Mersey, the title "Merseyside" came into existence as a metropolitan county in 1974, after the passage of the Local Government Act 1972, and the county consists of five metropolitan boroughs adjoining the Mersey Estuary, including the City of Liverpool.
Greater Manchester is a landlocked county spanning 492.7 square miles (1,276 km²). The Pennines rise along the eastern side of the county, whilst to the West are the Pennine Moors, as well as a number of coalfields (mainly sandstones and shales). The rivers Mersey and Tame run through the county boundaries, both of which rise in the Pennines. Other rivers run through the county, including the Beal, the Douglas and the Irk.
There is a mix of high density urban areas, suburbs, semi-rural and rural locations in Greater Manchester, but overwhelmingly the land use in the county is urban. Its also seen a lot of regeneration and has changed since the filming of 'Hobson's Choice'.
For such a small county it certainly crams a lot in, Blackpool is perhaps the best know location, featured in the movie 'Valentino'. However just as well know is the areas food, including the Lancashire Hotpot and Lancashire cheese.
Cumbria is the third largest ceremonial county in England. Cumbria is home to the Lake District National Park, considered one of the most beautiful areas of the United Kingdom. The area has provided inspiration for generations of British and foreign artists, writers and musicians. Much of the county is mountainous, with the highest point of the county (and all of England) being Scafell Pike at 978 m (3,210 ft). Despite all of this 'Withnail and I' still managed to make it look bleak.
This creepy sci-fi horror, from John Wyndham’s novel The Midwich Cuckoos. The damned village of ‘Midwich’ is Letchmore Heath, conveniently, within four miles of MGM’s Borehamwood Studios.
This area of southeast England is so convenient for studios that it is jam-packed with filming locations. Many TV series of the 60s and 70s were filmed around here, such as the Avengers. Among the many other films shot in the immediate area are The Abominable Dr Phibes, The Vampire Lovers, The Devil Rides Out, and Stanley Kubrick’s Lolita.
The county town is Warwick, although the largest town is Nuneaton in the far north of the county. Commonly used abbreviations for the county are Warks or Warwicks.
Warwickshire is best known for being the birthplace of William Shakespeare from Stratford-upon-Avon. Even today, road signs at the county boundary describe Warwickshire as "Shakespeare's County". The county has also produced other literary figures including George Eliot (from near Nuneaton). The county is also known for Warwick Castle and Kenilworth Castle. However more than all that Warwickshire is the home (filming location) of the Teletubbies! In Death on the Nile, Linnet Ridgeway Doyle's (Lois Chiles) home is actually Compton Wynyates. The country estate was also used in the 1977 Jodie Foster comedy Candleshoe.
Being on the border of Scotland and England, Northumberland has been the site of many battles. The county is noted for its undeveloped landscape of high moorland, a favourite with landscape painters, and now largely protected as a National Park. Northumberland is the most sparsely populated county in England, with only 62 people per square kilometre. You may recognise the castle from Mary, Queen of Scots, but more likely you recognise it as Hogwarts!
Tyne and Wear County Council was abolished in 1986, and so its districts (the metropolitan boroughs) are now effectively unitary authorities. However, the metropolitan county continues to exist in law and as a geographic frame of reference. The territory comprising the county of Tyne and Wear previously formed part of the counties of Northumberland and County Durham. The area has improved since 'Get Carter' was filmed here.
North Yorkshire covers an area of 8,654 square kilometres (3,341 sq miles), making it the largest ceremonial county in England. The majority of the Yorkshire Dales and all of the North York Moors lie within North Yorkshire's boundaries, with around 40% of the county covered by National Parks.
Until 1 April 2009, by area, the East Riding of Yorkshire was the largest district and the largest unitary authority area in England. Following the 2009 structural changes to local government in England it fell to fifth place. By population, until 1 April 2009 it was the second largest non-metropolitan district in England, after Bristol, after which date it fell to sixth place. Atonement filmed in the area and you may spot Grimsby Fish Market.
Lincolnshire is the second largest of the English counties and one that is predominantly agricultural in land-use. Lincolnshire has several famous figures associated with it including Sir Isaac Newton, Alfred Lord Tennyson and Former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Despite the large agricultural use of the land, it also boasts some historic properties, one of which (shown above) was used as a location for Pride and Prejudice and The Da Vinci Code.
The University of Cambridge is the second-oldest university in the English-speaking world and is regarded as one of the most prestigious academic institutions in the world.
Due to its flat terrain and proximity to the continent, many RAF and USAAF bases were built in this county for Bomber Command during World War Two. In recognition of this, the only American WW2 burial ground in England is located in Madingley Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial.
The county has a major tourism industry. The area is noted for the concentration of performance motorsport companies and facilities. The county has two universities, significantly the University of Oxford and also Oxford Brookes University, both located in Oxford. Arguably the most famous building in Oxfordshire is Blenheim Palace at Woodstock. It was built by the great architect John Vanbrugh for John Churchill, the first Duke of Marlborough, after he had won the battle of Blenheim. The gardens, which can be visited, were designed by the landscape gardener "Capability Brown", who planted the trees in the battle formation of the victorious troops. In the palace, which can also be visited, Sir Winston Churchill was born.
The county town is Ipswich and other important towns include Lowestoft, Bury St Edmunds and Felixstowe, which is one of the largest container ports in Europe.
The Suffolk Coast and Heaths are an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, however I've chosen to feature Elveden Hall, as it was used for the filming of Lara Croft & Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut. The interior is famous for its exotic decoration and indian-style carvings.
Because of its proximity to London, many of Essex's towns, particularly those on or within driving distance of railway stations, function as dormitory towns or villages where London workers raise their families. Essex is known for being the origin of the political term Essex man, and of the Essex girl joke. Southend Pier is a major landmark extending 2,158 m (1.341 miles) into the Thames Estuary, it is the longest pleasure pier in the world. Sir John Betjeman once said that "the Pier is Southend, Southend is the Pier". You may notice Southend in the Movie Essex Boys, which doesn't paint the area in a good light, but is based on a true story.
Greater London is the top-level administrative subdivision covering London, England. The administrative area was officially created in 1965 and covers the City of London. The region has by far the highest GDP per capita in the United Kingdom. It covers 1579 km² (609 square miles). The term "London" is normally used in reference to Greater London or to the overall conurbation, but not often to the ancient, tiny City of London. Instead, that small area is often referred to simply as "the City" or "the Square Mile" and it forms the main financial district. Archaically the urbanised area of London was known as the Metropolis. In common usage, the terms "London" and "Greater London" are usually used interchangeably. It is officially divided for some purposes, with varying definitions, into Inner London and Outer London.
If you want to join the locals for a pint at 'The Slaughtered Lamb', don't worry, you won't be too remote. Although the exterior is an empty cottage dressed up for the movie, the interior, where Lila Kaye tends bar and a frighteningly young Rik Mayall plays chess, is actually in Surrey. It’s The Black Swan, in Martyr’s Green. This photogenic pub has also been featured in TV series Inspector Morse.
Knole's romantic courtyards and deer-park were used to reflect the typical Tudor surroundings, to be King Henry VIII and his court's Tudor playground. A scene was also shot by one of the magnificent windows, as the set design team felt it was the back-drop that they had been looking for.
Knole is a complex and beautiful house, which has links with kings, queens and nobility, as well as literary connections with Vita Sackville-West and Virginia Woolf. King Henry VIII was so impressed by the building that he forced Thomas Cranmer, his Archbishop of Canterbury, to hand it to him in 1538. Today its a National Trust property, so owned by and for the people.
In Vincente Minnelli’s strange reincarnation musical, Daisy Gamble (Barbra Streisand) tries to quit smoking with the aid of hypnosis, but ends up regressing to past lives. One regression scene uses the Royal Pavilion in Brighton.
There is a lot more to West Sussex than The Amberley Working Museum, with its mine, used for filming of James Bond in View to a Kill. But the Museum is worth a view. Formally opened in 1979, and since then has developed significantly. The vintage wireless exhibition, Southdown Bus Collection, Print Workshop and narrow-gauge industrial railway were among the first major additions to the Museum, and many have since followed. The electricity hall, museum of roads & roadmaking and Wheelwrights building added in 1990's. Betchworth Hall, the Connected Earth telecommunications building, Fairmile Cafe, the Railway Preservation & Conservation halls, a Bodger's Camp, a new Tools & Trades History Society hall and the impressive Limeburners Restaurant added since 2000. Ongoing developments include a fire station modelled on 1930s design and (dependent on funding) the complete restoration and re-interpretation of the De Witt Kilns complex.
The county comprises part of the Cotswold Hills, part of the flat fertile valley of the River Severn, and the entire Forest of Dean. The county town is the city of Gloucester, and other principal towns include Cheltenham, Stroud, Cirencester, and Tewkesbury.
In July 2007, Gloucestershire had the worst flooding in recorded British history, with tens of thousands of residents affected. The RAF conducted the largest peace time domestic operation in its history to rescue over 120 residents from flood affected areas. The county has recovered rapidly from the disaster, investing in attracting tourists to visit the many sites and diverse range of shops in the area.
Priors Mesne, overlooking the Severn Estuary near Aylburton, four miles south of Lydney in the Forest of Dean, appeared as the subject of the 1899 book "A Gloucestershire Wild Garden" and so impressed writer Elizabeth Bond as a girl that it inspired her to write The Assam Garden. The garden is privately owned and not normally open to the public, though it may be possible to visit through the National Gardens Scheme, where many private gardens are open to the public for one day a year.
This is a list of all the UK counties of England and my choice of Movie filmed in each county.
The counties of England are territorial divisions for the purposes of administrative, political and geographical demarcation. Many current counties have foundations in older divisions such as the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms. The names, boundaries and functions of these divisions have changed considerably, more so in modern times. Indeed, a series of local government reforms from the 19th century onwards has left the exact definition of the term 'county' very ambiguous. So I've chosen to use ceremonial counties in the main.
This list is inspired by (a copy of) the list produced by Fabrizius.
But it would not have been created without Grand Assault's comment that "County Durham just isn't as glamorous as Sao Paulo". I love a challenge and commission from Tourism England ;-)
If you live in the UK and wish to be listed by your county, please let me know and I'll add your details.