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Behind the Scenes16th May 2024

Where is Bridgerton filmed?

Bridgerton

Bridgerton returns today, with the first few episodes of series 3 now available on Netflix. We are looking forward to the opulent costumes, dazzling ballrooms, and gossiping aristocats.

The latest installment of the historical series delves into the romance blossoming between Penelope Featherington, portrayed by Nicola Coughlan, and her lifelong admiration, Colin Bridgerton, portrayed by Luke Newton.

Where is Bridgerton filmed?

Those of you with a keen eye should have spotted some of The Historic Dockyard Chatham’s iconic backdrops in key scenes from season 1 of Bridgerton. How many can you spot? If you’ve missed them, surely it that’s just a good excuse to binge-watch again?

Image courtesy of Barnaby Boulton

The real Queen Charlotte and Chatham

Queen Charlotte (played by Golda Rosheuvel) is one of Bridgerton’s most formidable figures, adorned with lavish gowns, elaborate wigs and a constant desire to be entertained. Her and her husband, King George III, were on the British throne at the height of the Age of Sail, during the time when great sail-powered warships such as Nelson’s flagship, the Victory, and Namur were built at Chatham .

To be worthy of Lady Whistledown’s pen, a grand entrance is crucial for making that all important first impression.

The imposing Main Gate at The Historic Dockyard Chatham provides just that. The brick gatehouse, built in 1720, was the primary entrance to the Dockyard for invited guests and the workforce.

At the time of its construction, the building originally displayed George I’s coat of arms. They survived the reign of his son, George II, and most of the reign of his grandson George III. But in 1810 the King’s mental illness led to the establishment of a regency, and the following year the original arms were moved to the inside of the gate and replaced by those of George III – without the French arms, reflecting his renunciation of his claim to the French throne in 1800, following the union with Ireland and the abolition of the French monarchy.

Just like the parading singles and courting couples in Bridgerton, royal endorsement was essential to Chatham’s prosperity.

In 1774 a scale model of the dockyard was constructed for presentation to George III. This impressive model can now be seen in No.1 Smithery. Four years later, the King was enticed to visit Chatham. He is said to have been particularly impressed with the ropeworks but was persuaded that a replacement was needed.

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