Last Alteration: Sunday 18 May 2014

Wood Norton Hall

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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

 

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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.

 

 

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

 

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

 

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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.

 

 

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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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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)
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Filmed: 28 Apr 1974
UNIT attempt to stop the Robot.

 

 

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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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Robot (3)
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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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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.

 

 

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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)
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Filmed: 9 Oct 1969
The Brigadier and Murno discuss security

 

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

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Winchcombe (GWR) (Doctor Who Series 8 Filming): 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]

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