Secrets of Sherlock filming revealed by Tyntesfield

PUBLISHED: 09:14 08 January 2016 | UPDATED: 09:15 08 January 2016

Scenes from Dr Watson's home were filmed at Tyntesfield. Photo by BBC/Hartswood/Robert Viglasky.

Scenes from Dr Watson's home were filmed at Tyntesfield. Photo by BBC/Hartswood/Robert Viglasky.

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Sherlock, which was partly filmed at the National Trust's Tyntesfield estate in Wraxall, attracted more viewers than any other show over the festive period.

Tyntesfield provided the backdrop for filming Sherlock. Photo by BBC/Hartswood/Robert Viglasky.Tyntesfield provided the backdrop for filming Sherlock. Photo by BBC/Hartswood/Robert Viglasky.

The BBC drama was watched by more than eight million viewers on New Year’s Day.

The series was transported back to Victorian times and Sherlock bosses felt Tyntesfield’s backdrop was perfect for filming.

Benedict Cumberbatch, starring as the great fictional sleuth, and Martin Freeman were among the cast who filmed at the North Somerset estate last January with the former saying the backdrop was ‘a delight’.

Tyntesfield had to be closed for a month to allow crews to bring in props. Scenes in St Eustace Carmichael’s house and Dr Watson’s London home, were filmed at the Grade-I listed estate.

Staff and volunteers working at Tyntesfield were sworn to secrecy so as not to spoil Friday’s episode.

Assistant house manager Rachel Kavanagh said: “I spent the first day of the shoot sitting on the roof with one of the lighting crew while a dead body was discovered on the floor below.

“It was also hard to keep it all secret from everyone. But I’m so proud of what we achieved, we worked really hard to make it a success and it was exciting to be involved in such a high profile show.

“We had to move over 1,000 items from the collection. But most of what they brought in looked the same as ours so I was pleased to see that the house was still very recognisable.”

Tyntesfield previously featured as a location for an episode of Doctor Who, filmed in 2013 and will appear in Dr Thorne, Julian Fellowes’ adaptation of the Anthony Trollope novel, due to be broadcast on ITV in March.

Francesca Hollow, Tyntesfield’s house manager said: “Our places are popular with film companies and seeing them on screen generates additional interest from visitors. We make sure the money from these productions stay here – in this case it will go towards the costs of keeping the house and estate as an authentic gothic Victorian family home.”

Tyntesfield bosses have created a trail so that fans of the show can step into Sherlock’s shoes and solve mysteries around the house.

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