Marylebone Station and Enfield Grammar School in The Conjuring 2
Date posted: 01.07.2016
The Conjuring’s demonologist dream team Ed and Lorraine Warren are once again on the big screen, this time investigating some mysterious happenings in North London. Oscar-nominee Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air) and Patrick Wilson (Insidious) reprise their lead roles for the second instalment of the horror franchise, while director James Wan (The Conjuring, Insidious) and producers Peter Safran and Rob Cowan also returned to work together after the first film.
After a self-imposed sabbatical following the events in the previous film, the Warrens travel to the London borough of Enfield where a single mother lives alone with her four children, taking on a demonic entity that has taken root in the family home. The story is based on a documented paranormal investigation of 1977.
Filming took place at Warner Bros Studios in California, receiving a precautionary blessing from a priest before the start of principal photography, along with several locations in London.
On track at Marylebone Station
The scene in which Ed and Lorraine arrive in London was filmed at Marylebone Station, and required hundreds of extras along with a dozen period cars for authenticity. The film’s location manager, Jane Soans, explains why the station was such a good fit for the film: “I was surprised by James Wan's choice of Marylebone Station, as I had interpreted the location to be much more suburban. However Marylebone Station provides a magnificent statement of England’s capital city and the exterior has not been modernised - much. We were able to avoid or disguise the modern touches.”
Emma Dingle, Customer Communications and Social Media Manager at Marylebone Station elaborates on how the period details were perfected: “Set dressing and removal of signage was required at the station, on platforms and on the trains that would be in short, as well as making sure the more modern trains from our fleet were safely hidden away.”
Soans was impressed by the help they were given by station staff, saying “[They] managed to steer us through the complications of working at an open and functioning station, both outside the front and on the platform with the one remaining slam door train on their network. We then had to find and transport a carriage that matched the exterior of the train in the platform onto one of the stages at Leavesden.”
Putting Enfield Grammar to the test
The film also shot in several places around Enfield, including Enfield Grammar School.
Soans says “I was looking for schools in Enfield that did not have too many modern touches. The senior part of Enfield Grammar school has buildings of many different historic periods, from Tudor to recent. The main extension is from the 30s, and its proximity to the center of the town and to the church gives it huge charm.
The school managed many production challenges in advance, preparing the areas of the school needed for filming following the crew’s requirements. Eileen Carberry, the School Business Manager explains: “Prior to the weekend of filming, our site manager Mr Reyman liaised with the location manager and film crew to ascertain where they wanted to film, and whether they had any special requirements so that he could prepare the areas in advance of the weekend. With his knowledge of the school, and his experience in setting up the gymnasiums and school hall for 900 boys each week, he was able to make suggestions on how best to accommodate the extras in the gymnasium and supported the production team in setting up the snow scene.”
Soans expanded on one of the issues they faced during filming: “Working with snow in the playground at the school was something of a challenge. The weather was very windy, the snow got blown everywhere, and then rained on. The caretaker admitted that they were finding ‘snow’ all over the school for some time after we had left.” She also praised the help and enthusiasm of the school, saying: “[The] team were all extremely supportive of all our crazy requests!”
Carberry agrees, saying: “The relationship between the production team and the representatives of the school were very good. The school had worked on past projects with the location manager, and we have a mutual good relationship.”
About Marylebone Railway Station
Marylebone Station is a stunning historical central London terminus, with a unique location that makes it quieter than other central London stations. Owned by Chiltern Railways, the station has hosted an impressive number of film crews over the years, assisting with features, commercials and still photography. Platform, station and on-train filming can be arranged. As a working station not all requests can be approved, however the team can help to advise on the most suitable times for filming.
Contact Marylebone Railway Station with any filming requests.
About Enfield Grammar School
Enfield Grammar School is a split-site comprehensive school situated in the heart of Enfield Town.
The original Tudor school in Market Place, opposite St Andrew’s Church, and is one of the oldest buildings in Enfield. The Lower School occupies Enfield Court, a listed 17th century building set in its own grounds.
Contact Eileen Carberry on 0208 363 1095 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any filming requests.