Cecil Court in Miss Potter
Date posted: 01.01.2007
Beatrix is introduced as a struggling, misunderstood young artist living in London with her father (Bill Paterson) and mother (Barbara Flynn). She has a flair for colourful illustration. However, her creations - furry animal characters with human traits - were considered less than the Victorian ideal.
Unmarried and headstrong, the 36-year old Beatrix publishes her first book, 'The Tale of Peter Rabbit', in 1902. Her editor, Norman Warne (Ewan McGregor), is her key collaborator and eventually the pair fall in love - much to the disappointment of her parents.
The bulk of Miss Potter takes place in the early 1900s, with occasional flashbacks to the 1870s, when Beatrix was a young girl. It shot in London, as well as the Isle of Man and the Lake District. London locations include Lincoln's Inn and St Peter's Square, which was used as the interior and exterior for the main Potter household.
A pedestrianised street in the heart of the West End, Cecil Court, also became a major location. Beatrix visits a bookshop here to see her first publication on the day of its release.
Cecil Court is a short but tranquil Victorian street linking Charing Cross Road and St. Martin's Lane. It is home to nearly twenty antiquarian and second-hand bookshops, including specialists in modern first editions, collectable children's books and antique maps.
Oscar®-winning production designer, Martin Childs, converted a number of bookshop windows into other shop facades - including a butcher's, a sweet shop and a luggage store.
Martin Joy was the location manager. He found Westminster Council, the Cecil Court Association, Gascoigne Estates (the landowners) and Nigel Williams Rare Books extremely helpful and accommodating.
Find out more about Cecil Court. To film in the City of Westminster contact the Special Events team on 020 7641 2390 or visit: www.westminster.gov.uk/filming.
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