Corsham transformed for second time in a month as ITV's Mr Whicher comes to town (From This Is Wiltshire)
Corsham transformed for second time in a month as ITV's Mr Whicher comes to town
A swordsmith's, courthouse and Victorian sweet shop can’t usually be found on Corsham High Street, but that all changed this week when it was transformed by second film crew this month.
Two weeks ago the street became 18th century Truro as the scenes were shot for the remake of the BBC's Poldark, and this week it moved 100 years forward for the ITV Victorian drama The Suspicions of Mr Whicher.
Actor Paddy Considine, who plays the real-life Scotland Yard investigator, was in town yesterday and today, to shoot scenes for the fourth feature-length episode of the thriller.
Horses and carts went up and down the road, as the town hall was transformed into the fictitious Wainsbury Court House, while shop fronts were replaced to fit with the Victorian atmosphere.
Coppins jewellers doubled as a musical instrument shop.
Owner Daisy Coppin said: “Everyone who has been in has been excited, and keen to know what’s going on, it has definitely created a bit of a buzz.
“We were used for the Poldark filming as well, so over the last few weeks we have been a jewellery shop, a pawnbrokers and now we’re a musical instrument shop.”
Many local residents came out to watch the actors work.
Shannon Messer, 17, who studies film at The Corsham School, said: “It’s really interesting, and nice to see it all old-fashioned.
“I was on set observing last week as well. I got speak to a few of the crew, and got a photo with Aidan Turner.
“I have been trying to get an apprenticeship or go to university to study film, so it’s been really interesting for me.”
Sue Groves, of Meriton Avenue, Corsham, went along to watch the filming with her family.
She said: “It has brought Corsham to life a bit, not a lot happens here normally.
“It has made me appreciate the beauty of the town.
"When you hear how they couldn’t go back to film in Cornwall because it didn’t look the same any more, you realise how lucky we are to have all these old buildings still intact.”
High Street resident Steve Carlyon said: “It’s quite clever how they have done all the sets, and I’m very impressed with the police door at the Town Hall.
“I think it’s really good for the town, and I will definitely be watching, trying to spot the places I know.”
Craig Chaplin, owner of Corsham Post Office, said: “It has been a little bit different. Poldark closed the road off which did have quite a significant impact on our trade, whereas these guys have done a marshalling system on the road, so they have allowed the traffic to come through.
“Both production companies have worked hard to ensure the impact on our customers is minimal.
"We are a business and we are here to provide a service to our customers, but the other side of that is that the filming has been absolutely fantastic.
"For the town, for us, and for the High Street it has been really exciting.
“This time we’re a sweet shop, post office and baker’s, and previously we were a printers’ and a library.
“Now we have to have our shop repainted again to put it back in its original condition. We have gone from white to brown to white to cream, then back to white again.”