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    Last Alteration: Sunday 18 May 2014

    Wood Norton Hall

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    52°07'11"-01°58'28" show decimal

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    Wood Norton Hall
    Evesham, Worcestershire, WR11 4WN

    Wood Norton Hall and its estate dates back to medieval times, and was the last home in England for the later king of France, Duc d'Orleans. During its life it has also been a private school before the BBC bought the estate in April 1939 to provide an emergency broadcasting centre away from London in case of war.

    When the Second World War did break out a few months later, the centre evolved into one of the largest broadcasting centres in Europe, and also provided a monitoring station for foreigh broadcasts. After the war the site became an engineering training centre.

    31 Oct 2010: The Hall itself was sold off by the BBC in 2000 and was converted into a privately run hotel and conference centre. However, the hotel closed in early 2010 after financial problems, and the site is currently expected to become a retirement home.

    How to get here:

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    Road: A44 - The Hall is off the A44, between Wood Norton and Chadbury/Twyford, a little west from Evesham. +

    Parking Details

    hotel car park

     

    Access: visitorStatus: recognisableBalcony

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    «prev photo next photo»Photograph taken: 5th September 2009 by Chuck Foster

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    Spearhead from Space (2)
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    Filmed: 14 Oct 1969
    The Brigadier and Munroe in discussion.

     

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    Photograph taken: 5th September 2009 by Chuck Foster

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    Robot (1)
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    Filmed: 28 Apr 1974
    Sarah sneaks back into the Bunker.

     

     

    Access: visitorStatus: recognisableBack of House

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    "The angle isn't exactly to that on screen, but there was a wedding reception in progress!"

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    Robot (1)
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    Filmed: 28 Apr 1974
    Jellicoe and Winters prepare to meet Sarah

    Robot (1)
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    Filmed: 28 Apr 1974
    Winters takes Sarah to see the workshops.

    Robot (1)
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    Filmed: 28 Apr 1974
    Winters and Jellicoe discuss the close escape with the robot.

     

     

    Access: visitorStatus: recognisableFront

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    Photograph taken: 5th September 2009 by Chuck Foster

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    Robot (1)
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    Filmed: 28 Apr 1974
    The entrance to Think Tank.

     

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    Photograph taken: 5th September 2009 by Chuck Foster

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    Robot (1)
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    Filmed: 28 Apr 1974
    Sarah drives into the estate.

     

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    Photograph taken: 5th September 2009 by Chuck Foster

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    Robot (4)
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    Filmed: 28 Apr 1974
    A UNIT troop tries to run away from the Robot.

     

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    "Most of the huts have now been removed."

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    Robot (4)
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    Filmed: 28 Apr 1974
    UNIT group to try and stop the Robot.

     

     

    Access: visitorStatus: recognisablePear Tree Mews

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    Robot (1)
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    Filmed: 28 Apr 1974
    Sarah leaves Kettlewell's to try and find the Robot at Think Tank.

    Robot (2)
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    Filmed: 28 Apr 1974
    Sarah arrives back at Kettlewell's to discover the Doctor still there.

     

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    Photograph taken: 5th September 2009 by Chuck Foster

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    Robot (2)
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    Filmed: 28 Apr 1974
    Sarah heads into Kettlewell's

     

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    Photograph taken: 5th September 2009 by Chuck Foster

    "You can still make out the old gate post on the left; the right-hand side is redeveloped"

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    Robot (1)
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    Filmed: 28 Apr 1974
    Sarah leaves Kettlewell's.

    Robot (2)
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    Filmed: 28 Apr 1974
    Sarah runs into Kettlewell's.

     

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    Photograph taken: 5th September 2009 by Chuck Foster

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    Robot (3)
    Screen Shot
    Filmed: 28 Apr 1974
    UNIT attempt to stop the Robot.

     

     

    Access: visitorStatus: recognisableCar Park

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    Photograph taken: 5th September 2009 by Chuck Foster

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    Robot (3)
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    Filmed: 28 Apr 1974
    The Doctor and UNIT arrive at the Bunker.

     

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    Robot (3)
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    Filmed: 28 Apr 1974
    The Doctor and Brigadier discuss how to enter the Bunker.

     

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    «prev photo next photo»Photograph taken: 5th September 2009 by Chuck Foster

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    Robot (3)
    Screen Shot
    Filmed: 28 Apr 1974
    The Doctor and UNIT arrive at the Bunker.

    Robot (3)
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    Filmed: 28 Apr 1974
    The Doctor disables the machine gun post.

     

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    Photograph taken: 5th September 2009 by Chuck Foster

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    Robot (3)
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    Filmed: 28 Apr 1974
    The Robot guards the Bunker entrance.

     

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    Robot (3)
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    Filmed: 28 Apr 1974
    UNIT under attack in the woods.

    Robot (3)
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    Filmed: 28 Apr 1974
    A UNIT soldier shoots at the Robot, but gets disintegrated.

     

     

    Access: visitorStatus: recognisableInside

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    Photograph taken: 31st May 2013 by Chris Berezai

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    Spearhead from Space (1)
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    Filmed: 13 Oct 1969
    Mullins decides to make a call about the mysterious patient.

     

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    Photograph taken: 31st May 2013 by Chris Berezai

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    Spearhead from Space (1)
    Screen Shot
    Filmed: 9 Oct 1969
    The Brigadier and Murno discuss security

     

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    «prev photo next photo»Photograph taken: 31st May 2013 by Chris Berezai

    "Perfectly preserved - but the staff say they daren't turn it on as they have no idea if it would work!"

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    Spearhead from Space (2)
    Screen Shot
    Filmed: 12 Oct 1969
    The Doctor uses a shower to 'hide' in plain sight.

     

    Additional locations as the crow flies:

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    Evesham Hotel (Spearhead from Space): 2.56 miles.

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    Wheelbarrow Castle Cottage (Spearhead from Space): 5.05 miles.

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    Ragley Hall (The Girl in the Fireplace): 6.42 miles.

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    Winchcombe (GWR) (): 10.61 miles.

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    Tank Quarry (The Krotons): 15.52 miles.

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    West of England Quarry (The Krotons): 15.64 miles.

    Filming Reports:

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    6 May 1974: Album - Film photos from Robot taken by Vic Godrich (OB Sound)

    Production Notes:

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    As well as around the Hall, the production filmed in other parts of the then Wood Norton Estate owned by the BBC. The BBC sections are private and aren't visible from the Hall grounds. Also, many of the old structures such as a building alongside the back the of the Hall and the old huts have since been demolished.

    In the News:

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    31 Oct 2010: Independent - "The BBC bunker they don't want you to know about" (Article on the history of the site)

    Notable photos/media relating to the location:

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    Take a virtual tour of the hotel via Google Maps

    View Larger Version on Google Maps

    Further links about the location:

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    The BBC Story - Details on the BBC's association with Wood Norton

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    Subterranea Britannica - Details on the nuclear bunker on the Wood Norton Estate

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    Wood Norton Hall - Official site for the conference centre.

    Related Stories

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    Spearhead from Space [8-17,20-22,24-27,30 Oct 1969]

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    Robot [28-30 Apr, 1,2,5,6 May 1974]

    Information, downloads, photographs and other media are provided for reference and for personal use only (planning visits etc.) - they remain the copyright of their respective authors and may not be duplicated on any other website or media without prior permission.

    All screen captures are the copyright of the BBC and appear here as reference to illustrate the location in comparison with how it looked at the time of filming and the present day; no attempt is made to supercede this or any other copyright.






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