Colin Crosby Heritage Tours

Rutland Church Stars in Film

The tiny 12th century St. Peter’s church in the Rutland village of Brooke plays a part in the new film version of Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice”, now showing at cinemas across the land.

The film stars Keira Knightley, Matthew McFadyen and Donald Sutherland, and has been well received by critics and audiences.

Brooke is a very small village on a byroad to the South of Oakham, Rutland’s county town.

But it’s not the only building in the East Midlands to appear in the film. The magnificent Chatsworth House a few miles from Bakewell, home of the Duke of Devonshire, also makes an appearance, as do Haddon Hall rather nearer to Bakewell, one of the Duke of Rutland’s houses, Burghley House near Stamford, built for Elizabeth I’s advisers the Cecils, and the lovely old town of Stamford itself.

Hopefully, “Pride and Prejudice” will lead to an influx of tourists to the lovely East Midlands.