Wilton House, situated near Salisbury in Wiltshire, stands on the site of a 9th century nunnery founded by King Alfred. This, in turn, was replaced by a 12th century Benedictine abbey which, with its surrounding lands, was surrendered at the time of the Dissolution of the monasteries to King Henry VIII, who gave them to William Herbert around 1542. Wilton House has remained in the Herbert family since this time and is the home of the Earl of Pembroke. The 460 year old house – with its history, architecture, art treasures and 21 acres of gardens and parkland – today attracts visitors from all over the world. – Art Knowledge News
Wilton house has been used for the years for numerous period films including Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Madness of King George and most recently Young Victoria. It was also used several times for the BBC series, Black Adder starring Rowan Atkinson. The house is known for its airy corridors and lavish interior which lends to filming. This was taken advantage of in Pride and Prejudice when Wilton House stands in for the interior of Darcy’s grand Pemberly estate during the scene when Elizabeth comes to visit the house and while exploring, happens upon Darcy and his sister.
Wilton, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP2 0BJ, United Kingdom – 01722 746 700
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