Last Alteration: Sunday 07 April 2013

Athelhampton House (North Drive)

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50°44'53"-02°19'34" show decimal

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Athelhampton House (North Drive)
Athelhampton House, Athelhampton, Dorset, DT2 7LG

The river Piddle runs along the north-western side of the house, creating a natural boundary to the gardens along this route. The main drive follows the course around the house.

How to get here:

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Walk: Enter the admissions centre, then turn left and head past the arches to the gap between them and the house. Then join the driveway and follow it north around the house to the private car park. +

 

Access: admissionStatus: recognisableDrive

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Photograph taken: 17th September 2006 by Chuck Foster

The Seeds of Doom (3)
Screen Shot
Filmed: 30 Oct 1975
The Doctor drives the car along the drive into Chase's estate.

 

 

Access: admissionStatus: recognisableRiver

Photo

Photograph taken: 17th September 2006 by Chuck Foster

The Seeds of Doom (5)
Screen Shot
Filmed: 2 Nov 1975
Chase makes his way through the estate, aiming to take photos of the Krynoid.

The Seeds of Doom (6)
Screen Shot
Filmed: 3 Nov 1975
Scorby tries to escape the Krynoid, but is drowned in the river as he tries to cross it.

 

Where to walk to next?

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Athelhampton House (east gardens) (The Seeds of Doom). Walk east along the path parallel to the River Piddle until you reach the wall, then turn right and follow the path past the octagonal pond to the Bell Gate and Lime Walk.

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Athelhampton House (west gardens) (The Seeds of Doom). Follow the driveway around west until you reach that side of the house.

Central Point for more locations

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Athelhampton House (The Seeds of Doom). No route recorded to this location.

Production Notes:

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3 Nov 1975: John Challis on filming his death scene: I had to wade across a lake and be drowned by some rampant weed on the other side. As this was shot in December you can imagine how cold this was. Also, the lake was quite deep - yup to the chest, but two-thirds of it was mud. At the end of this shot I was supposed to seun underwater out of camera range. One the first take, the weed failed to rise, on the second the camera dipped down the bank, and on the third I got stuck in the mud. The fourth time, mercifully, it worked. I was plunged into a hot bath by my concerned dresser, given a tumbler full of Dettol and then presented with a bottle of brandy by the programme for doing my own stunt! (src :On Location, p131)

Further links about the location:

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Athelhampton House - Official Website

Related Stories

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The Seeds of Doom [30-31 Oct, 1-3 Nov 1975]: Harrison Chase's Estate

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