French Lieutenants Woman, The

Date: 1981
Director: Karel Reisz
Production Company: Juniper Films

Stars: Meryl Streep, Jeremy Irons, David Warner, Peter Vaughan
Location(s): Cumbria, Devon, Dorset, London, Middlesex, Surrey

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An engaged biologist falls in love with an outcast whose melancholia makes her leave him after a short, but passionate affair.

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Broad Street, Lyme Regis, 1867, from the book 'On Location: The Film Fan's Guide to Britain and Ireland' by Brian Pendreigh. Mainstream Publishing (March 1996) ISBN-13: 978-1851587292.

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The same location now provided by Martin.

Actress Anna (Meryl Streep) playing Sarah Woodruff is tracked by the camera as she walks to the end of The Cobb. Lyme Regis, Dorset.

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Everyone who visits The Cobb has to stand in the same position. SD

Early morning in Broad Street, Lyme Regis.

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Now. Early afternoon in Broad Street. SD

Lyme Regis comes to life.

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Broad Street. The shop on the right is still a book shop. SD

Sheep are herded up Broad Street.

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No sheep herding now. SD

The shops open on Broad Street.

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The same shops now. SD

A carriage carrying Charles Smithson (Jeremy Irons) drives along a lane passing a church.

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St Nicholas Church, Nunhide Lane, Sulham, Berkshire. Image copyright Google Streetview. SD

The carriage arrives at the residence of Ernestina Freeman (Lynsey Baxter). Ware House, Ware Lane, Lyme Regis.

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Ware House now, in its Autumn colours. SD

Anna leaves the Royal Lion hotel and is driven off to make up. Broad Street, Lyme Regis. Also seen in 'All Over The Town'.

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Broad Street now, with the former Three Cups hotel to the left. SD

The vicar (Colin Jeavons) enters the cottage after the passing of Sarah's employer.

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Cobb Road, Lyme Regis. Replacing my Google Streetview image. SD

Charles travels to the London docks to ask Mr Freeman (Peter Vaughan) for permission to marry Ernestina. Shad Thames, London SE1. Also seen in 'The Alf Garnet Saga', 'Clegg', 'Give My Regards To Broad Street', 'Pool of London', 'License to Kill' and 'Terry On The Fence'.

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Also seen through the lens of Peter's camera.

The carriage arrives at Mr Freeman's office.

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Winchester Square, leading from Cathedral Street, Southwark, London, SE1. The area has now been redeveloped. Image copyright Google Streetview. SD

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Mr Freeman takes Charles to see the depot. The office was a set facing the warehouses. This appears to be St Saviour's Dock, viewed from Shad Thames.

A large wave hits The Cobb as Charles runs to Sarah, fearing for her safety.

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The Cobb on a much calmer day. SD

Charles continues along The Cobb.

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The Cobb is very unsafe in bad weather. Meryl Streep used a stand in. SD

Sarah seeks employment as companion to Mrs Poultaney (Patience Collier). Pinhay House, Lyme Regis.

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Pinhay House is now a residential care home. With thanks to the staff for permission to take the photo. SD

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Palaeontologist, Charles, chips away at rocks looking for fossils. White Chapel Rock, Undercliff, Lyme Regis.

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Charles finds Sarah gazing out to sea from the Undercliff, Lyme Regis.

Charles agrees to meet Sarah in the churchyard.

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St Dunstan's Church, Cranford Park, Hounslow, Middlesex. The vestry was re-built in 2013. SD

Hiding in the churchyard, Charles suggests Sarah leaves Lyme Regis.

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St Dunstan's Church, Cranford Park. There are no large tombs in the churchyard, so the one Charles and Sarah hide behind must have been a prop. SD

Anna and Mike relax on a beach.

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The beach is in the pleasantly named town of Beer in Devon. SD

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The dairy, from where Mrs Fairley (Liz Smith) sees Sarah returning from her walk on the Undercliff.

Charles seeks advice from Dr Grogan (Leo Mckern). Marine Parade, Lyme Regis.

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5 Marine Parade on an equally wet day. SD

Charles thinks of Sarah as he gazes at the Cobb from his hotel window.

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This view is not seen from the hotel window but from Ware Cliffs - if you don't mind the brambles. SD

Charles leaves the Three Cups Hotel in Broad Street to find Sarah.

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The Three Cups Hotel closed in 1990. SD

Sarah leaves Lyme Regis and arrives in Exeter. Fore Street, Kingswear, Devon.

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The Royal Dart Hotel by Kingswear Station has been converted into apartments. SD

She takes a room at Endicott's Family Hotel. The Steam Packet, Fore Street, Kingswear, Devon.

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The Steam Packet, now looking more colourful. SD

Charles leaves Lyme Regis for his house in London. St James's Gardens, Holland Park, W11. Also seen in 'European Vacation' and 'The Knack...And How To Get It'.

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And also Otley and Jack & Sarah. SJ

No. 2, St James's Gardens, Holland Park, W11.

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The outside lamp has switched over, and it look like the downpipe was concealed for the film. SJ

After Sarah sends him her address, Charles travels to Exeter. Kingswear Station, Devon.

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Kingswear is one of the stations on the Dartmouth Steam Railway. SD

Charles and his servant Sam (Hilton McRae) alight from the train at Exeter. Kingswear Station, Devon.

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Kingswear Station was also seen in 'Churchill: The Hollywood Years'. Does anyone else see a multi-coloured Rhinoceros? SD

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Mike rushes to see Anna before her train leaves from Exeter. Not Exeter either, this is Windsor and Eton Central Station.

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Windsor And Eton Central Station, also seen in 'Carry On Loving'.

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Anna is driven to a costume fitting.

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Anna is driven away from the costume fitting.

After Sarah leaves Exeter, Charles goes looking for her in London. Shad Thames.

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Peter's shot reveals a street sign reading Curlew Street SE1.

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Charles seeks Sarah among the prostitutes. Green Dragon Court, London SE1.

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A woman caught picking pockets is thrown out of a pub.

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Charles fails to find Sarah among the prostitutes. Green Dragon Court, with The Globe Tavern on the right. Also seen in 'Dance With a Stranger'.

Three years later, while staying at the Swan Hotel in Dartmouth, Charles receives news of Sarah's whereabouts.

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Situated beside the River Dart in Kingswear, Devon. The owner of this house kindly allowed me into his garden. SD

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Charles takes a steam boat across Lake Windermere. Cumbria.

Through his telescope he sees the house. Broad Leys House, now the headquarters of Windermere Motorboat Racing Club.

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Lionel and Cynthia Sear this shot from the deck of the good ship "Swan" for us. They tell us that it is no longer the HQ of the Windermere Motor Boat Racing Club as a speed limit has now been imposed on Lake Windermere and they have moved. The house is of some architectural significance as it was designed by Charles Voysey and it is now run as a small hotel/wedding venue. (RL)

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Charles asks to see 'Mrs Roughwood' as Sarah is now known. New Place, Farnham Lane, Haslemere, Surrey. The same house where the wrap party was held.

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Charles and Sarah, reunited, on Lake Windermere.