Wedding of the season: Downton’s grand finale shoots in London’s Two Temple Place
Date posted: 10.11.2014
As Downton Abbey reached its gripping series finale last night, it also showcased one of London's many great locations. The capital's Two Temple Place hosted a very special occasion for the show: the wedding of Lady Rose and Atticus Aldridge.
The cast and crew gathered in the Great Hall to shoot one of Downton Abbey's most memorable scenes.
A romantic conclusion: Lady Rose and Atticus Aldridge tie the knot
"The first moment we knew that the world of Downton Abbey had taken over Two Temple Place was when we walked in at 9a.m. to be greeted by a sign reading 'Caxton's Registrars Hall'" remembers Sebastiaan Douma, who helped the shoot go ahead at Two Temple Place. "A clear indication of the scenes and set we could expect".
Douma, who is Commercial Events Manager at the location, remembers the day fondly: "Our Great Hall looked magnificent with original antique chairs lined up to form a central aisle to the ancient desk where the registrar would perform a wedding ceremony later that day."
Two Temple Place offers an aristocratic atmosphere that corresponds perfectly with the scenery of the show. "It was a joy to film there", says Location Manager Mark Ellis, who sourced the setting for the scene. "Their staff made it a pleasure to set up. It's an absolutely stunning location!"
A venue transformed
Before filming, the crew worked hard to enhance the period setting - covering any modern technology visible to the audience with the help of the art department. "The house was overflowing with crew", Douma recalls, but they "couldn't have been more respectful of the house".
The extent of the transformation was quite considerable. "My colleague got panicked", Douma continues: "They thought somebody had 'removed' the alarm console from the wall, only to discover it was cleverly hidden by the art department."
Two Temple Place is an extraordinary late Victorian mansion built for William Waldorf Astor in 1895. Today the house is owned by The Bulldog Trust, a registered charity, and supports the activities of the Trust through exhibitions and events hosted in the building.
"We would gladly welcome the cast and crew of Downton Abbey back to Two Temple Place any day!" concludes Douma.
Filming at Two Temple Place
To film at Two Temple Place, contact Sebastiaan Douma:
T: 020 7836 3715