Oakwell Hall & Gardens

Finding Oakwell Hall hidden down a lane in Birstall, West Yorkshire, comes as quite a surprise. Built in 1583, it is a rare example of an Elizabethan manor house set in 100 acres of country park and has delighted visitors for centuries, including Charlotte Brontë. Today it’s a popular filming location, hosting dramas such as Gentleman Jack (BBC),  Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell (BBC), The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister (BBC) and Wuthering Heights (ITV).

The grounds attract local families on days out, but history buffs will love the house itself, furnished as a family home in the 1690s. Rooms such as the airy grand hall, oak-panelled parlour and beamed kitchen chamber offer fascinating insight into a post-English Civil War household and feel perfectly suited for Brontë adventures – both in real life and on TV.


Oakwell Hall & Gardens, Nutter Ln, Birstall, Batley WF17 9LF

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    Chris Hordley, Production Liaison & Development

    Chris provides bespoke advice on regional locations, studios and facilities to UK and international production companies. With over 20 years combined industry and production liaison experience, Chris has secured and supported productions in Yorkshire & Humber including; Peaky Blinders, Happy Valley, Victoria, Ackley Bridge, God's Own Country, Paddington 2, and Transformers: The Last Knight.  He also supports Screen Yorkshire’s senior management team in building and maintaining relationships with key stakeholders.
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    Richard Knight, Production Liaison and Education

    Richard assists with the day to day running of the Film Office and also manages Screen Yorkshire’s training and education programmes. Richard has worked for fifteen years as a location manager, predominantly in Yorkshire on films including Four Lions and This is England, and TV Dramas such as Utopia and Prisoners Wives. As such, he has an excellent knowledge of Yorkshire’s diverse range of locations and the logistics of filming in them.