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After last year’s take over of central York for the filming of Death Comes to Pemberley the sequel to Pride and Prejudice by the criminal writer, PD James, the city sees another tv series using many of the same locations this month.

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke is set a the time of the Napoleonic Wars and explores many questions relevant both in the early Nineteenth century, such as what it means to be English, industrialisation and the nature of science vs fantasy.  There is much of the early Gothic traditions built up within the Romantic movement.

To date filming has been at York Minster and St Williams College (which for those who don’t know the area is just behind the Minster and is a wonderful, if small collection of timber-framed and stone buildings (in Death Comes to Pemberley it was the ‘coaching inn’ where Wickham and Lydia stayed and where the coroner’s court met).

York Press carries a little more about the filming – http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/11040695.Filming_begins_at_York_Minster_for_BBC_historical_drama/