Lose yourself within the majestic rooms of Forde Abbey

Chard, Somerset

Pay a visit to Forde Abbey, which was recently the venue for filming a major scene in the 2015 film Far from the Madding Crowd.

The pivotal first meeting of Mr Boldwood (Michael Sheen) and Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan) in the Corn Exchange was recently filmed in the Great Hall at Forde Abbey - a former Cistercian monastery dating from 1141, which became a private house at the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1539 and the residence of Oliver Cromwell’s Attorney General in 1649.

It is now one of England’s oldest inhabited stately homes, which welcomes visitors to the house and to the 30 acres of award-winning gardens which surround it. The Roper family has lived here for over 150 years. Set in beautiful countryside on the Dorset-Somerset border, Forde Abbey is a beautiful building in glorious gardens which has a lot to offer any visitors.

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  • Chard Tourist Information Centre
  • Email Address [email protected]
  • Contact Details 01460 260051

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FForde Abbey's Great Hall as the Corn Exchange in Far From the Madding Crowd

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