Unlike many other period dramas like those derived from the works of Austen and Forster, Jane Eyre is bleak, rugged and moody. There is no laughter in this world, only harsh flames or bitter cold. And it’s no wonder that director Cary Fukunaga chose drafty stone stately homes and frigid misty moors as the Jane Eyre locations.
Jane Eyre (2011) is one of many adaptations of Charlotte Brontë’s famous novel, but it’s a pretty decent one. Our titular orphan Jane (Mia Wasikowska) grows out of her horrid upbringing to take a governess position to the ward of the brooding Mr Rochester (Michael Fassbender). They are both world-beaten, jaded and hide secrets yet yearn to love and be loved.
Production shot some scenes at Pinewood Studios, but most of the Jane Eyre movie locations are real locations. Mostly in Derbyshire, but in other places around England too. And despite what I said earlier about it being a little different to other period dramas, there are one or two crossover locations that appear in other films. So, let’s see where they are!
Where Was Jane Eyre Filmed?
Jane Eyre Filming Locations in England
1. Stanage Edge, Hathersage Moor, Derbyshire
Jane Eyre film locations kick off with a rather flustered-looking Jane running through the Moors carrying a carpetbag. Why?! We’ll have to watch the rest of the film to find out! She is running away from Haddon Hall in Derbyshire AKA Thornfield Hall, but we’ll get to that location later. She somehow loses the bag and collapses, exhausted and upset, on the rock at Stanage Edge in Hathersage Moor, Derbyshire. I believe this is supposed to be somewhere in the Yorkshire Moors.
Period drama fans will recognise this location from Pride & Prejudice (2005) and it’s also in the Peak District National Park.
2. White Edge Lodge, Longshaw Estate, Derbyshire
Despite the rain and thunder, Jane manages to find shelter in a lonely house on the Moors. It is the house of St John Rivers (Jamie Bell) simply called the Jane Eyre Moor House. In reality, it is an old cottage called White Edge Lodge on the outskirts of the Peak District. The main house stood in as Mr Rivers’s house and the cottage/barn as Jane’s house once she accepts the teaching position.
The National Trust own the property and since the film’s release, they have completely refurbished it into a cosy, modern holiday rental. So, it is private property but you can stay here.
3. Wrotham Park, Barnet, Hertfordshire
Instead of following the chronological tale of Brontë’s novel, the film opts for a flashback approach to telling the story of Jane’s childhood. So, we cut from the Moor House to Gateshead House where Jane grew up with her horrible Aunt (Sally Hawkins) and cousin (Craig Roberts).
This location is the lavish stately home Wrotham Park in Hertfordshire, so a bit of a trek from most of the other Derbyshire-based Jane Eyre filming locations. Gateshead House is fictional but apparently, the inspiration was Stone Gapp Hall in North Yorkshire. I don’t think Wrotham Park is open to the public but the estate is available for private functions and events.
4. Broughton Castle, Banbury, Oxfordshire
Her horrible Aunt sends young Jane away to boarding school where she must spend her vacations, too. Broughton Castle in Banbury, Oxfordshire stands in as the next Jane Eyre filming location, the strict Lowood School. The castle dates back to the 1300s and even has its own moat.
Some of Broughton Castle‘s interiors stood in for some of Thornfield Hall‘s interiors, too.
5. Haddon Hall, Bakewell, Derbyshire
Once Jane is old enough, she leaves that dreadful school and accepts a position as a governess in a big house for a wealthy gentleman. Yes, it is at the iconic Thornfield Hall! And the Jane Eyre house location is Haddon Hall in Derbyshire. It stands in as Thornfield for most of the film, both it’s exterior and for most of the interior scenes; the Haddon Hall chapel appears in the wedding scene, too. It’s quite a prolific filming location, having appeared in The Princess Bride (1987), Pride & Prejudice and Mary, Queen of Scots (2018) too.
6. Chatsworth House, Derbyshire
The next Jane Eyre location has also appeared many times on film, but not this specific part of the estate. Feeling restless and caged in, Jane walks through the grounds and into the village to post letters for Mrs Fairfax, the housekeeper (Judi Dench). During her walk, the twisted branches and mist of the woodlands spook her. So much so, she doesn’t see Mr Rochester riding on horseback until it’s too late. He falls off his horse, and this is how they meet.
The grounds of Chatsworth House in Derbyshire stand in for “Hay Lane” in the haunted woodland. But the grand house itself appears in both Pride & Prejudice and The Duchess (2008).
7. Wingfield Manor, South Wingfield, Derbyshire
Phew, a lot has happened since these opening scenes! Mr Rochester attempted bigamy and crushed poor Jane’s heart. Then, while living with the Rivers family at their house in the Moors, Jane learnt she’d inherited a fortune. So, she goes back to Thornfield Hall and finds an empty shell. The first Mrs Rochester burnt the place to the ground and traumatised the residents.
The stately home post-fire will most likely be a mix of CGI, set pieces, Haddon Hall, and of course our next Jane Eyre film location. Wingfield Manor in Derbyshire is a ruined stately home, with only its outer walls intact. Vaguely, as they are also crumbling away.
And those are the top Jane Eyre locations in England! Have you watched the movie or visited any of the filming locations? Let me know in the comments below!
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