'Cursed' Shooting Locations In UK Hold Historical Significance
Cursed is the latest Netflix original fantasy drama series that has gathered a positive response for its unique dig into the tale of Arthurian legend. The series has been narrated from the perspective of Nimue, or the Lady of the Lake.
The historical tale-turned-series has also been cinematically complemented by the rich backdrop of landscapes and architecture. And such cinematic brilliance has turned fans curious to know where Cursed was actually filmed.
Even the locations, architecture, and landscapes in the series are improvised in a way that it gives a cinematic smoothness of the Medieval time period (5th to 15th century).
The period drama Cursed unfolds with the story of a young girl named Nimue (played by Katherine Langford) who is born with extraordinary mysterious powers. However, the events unfold with no reference of the year of the events.
‘Cursed’ is Set in the Time Period of King Arthur
In the show's plot progression, when we meet young Arthur (played by Devon Terrell)—who is destined to be legendary future King—we get a reference that Cursed is maneuvered around the time of King Uther Pendragon's reign of Britannia—that being around the 5th and 6th centuries.
Similarly, the show also made mention of the Roman Emperor and the Byzantine empire. In the context of Pendragon's reign and Arthur's legends, sources such as the 'Historia Brittonium,' 'History Of The Kings Of Britain,' and 'Annales Cambriae' have mentioned that Arthur and Pendragon activities belong to the fifth and/or the sixth century.
However, the show confused us with the references to the fall of Charlemagne (9th century) and the Crusades against the Fey (10th to 12th century). Still, we can comprehend that the Pendragon's reign and Arthur's birth in the series fall somewhere between the 5th and 12th centuries.
'Cursed' Was Filmed In Beautiful Counties Of United Kingdom
The historical story of Arthur and the Lady of the Lake took place in Medieval England or ancient time of the United Kingdom (Britain). Hence, Cursed showrunners also filmed the entire portion of the series in the United Kingdom.
The show was mostly shot in historically important locations in counties of the United Kingdom. More so, even the indoor filming was set in London, and Langley Film Studios in Slough, Berkshire.
Nimue's village in the series Cursed set on the banks of Frensham Little Pond in Farnham, Surrey (Photo: Netflix)
Similarly, the interior scenes of the castle of Camelot were set up in the St Bartholomew-the-Great Church in Barbican, London. However, the magnificent exteriors of the castle do not exist in reality since they were created through CGI.
The interiors of the castle of Camelot filmed inside the St Bartholomew-the-Great Church in Barbican, London (Photo: David Iliff & Netflix)
In the same way, one of the main filming locations of Cursed was in Deepcut, a small town near Camberley (Surrey). The land located in the northwest of Deepcut Bridge Road is owned by the Ministry of Defence.
Reminder for show viewers—this location was used to build the Hawksbridge village where Nimue met Arthur for the first time in the series.
The Hawksbridge village in Cursed shot in Deepcut, Surrey (Photo: Netflix)
In addition to the above prime shooting locations of Cursed, the series was also shot in other various significant locations of the United Kingdom, including the monastic Tithe Barn located in Bradford-on-Avon of Wiltshire, the Puzzlewood and the Clearwell Caves in the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire, and Holywell Bay in north Cornwall.
‘Cursed’ Shooting Locations Hold Significance in Itself
Most of the filming of Cursed was held in locations which have ancient significance in itself.
For instance, Nimue's Dwenden village located on the banks of Frensham Little Pond in Farnham, Surrey, was originally a medieval bishops' fish pond rich in wildlife and scenic heathland.
Likewise, the St Bartholomew-the-Great Church in Barbican, London—which was used to film indoor scenes of the castle of Camelot—is a middle-aged temple founded in 1123.
In fact, this place is also famous for being a filming location for several big-budget movies including Transformers: The Last Knight, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Snow White and the Huntsman.
Also, the ancient monastic barns, Tithe Barn in Bradford-on-Avon of Wiltshire—where some scenes of the Red Paladins were shot—is a historically well-preserved 14th-century building.
Another location in Cursed, Holywell Bay, also has significance to the on-screen industry, It has hosted filmings for projects like the Vikings, Poldark, and Die Another Day.
Fascinating, isn’t it? Cursed Season 1 is now streaming on Netflix.