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Surrey movie set featured in War Horse has a powerful makeover

PUBLISHED: 18:35 26 September 2012 | UPDATED: 21:57 20 February 2013

The French farmstead depicted in Steven Spielberg’s First World War epic, War Horse, was actually filmed in the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

The French farmstead depicted in Steven Spielberg’s First World War epic, War Horse, was actually filmed in the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

A picturesque Surrey landscape featured in films War Horse and Nanny McPhee will be dramatically enhanced by the removal of high-voltage power lines near Hascombe.

A picturesque Surrey landscape featured in thefilms War Horse and Nanny McPhee 2will be dramatically enhanced by the removal of high-voltage power lines near Hascombe.


UK Power Networks is investing 315,000 to replace 1.5 miles of 11,000-volt overhead power lines with underground cables in the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) at Tilsey Farm, in Palmers Cross, which has been farmed by the same family for nearly 500 years.


Thanks to its special landscape character, the farmland has recently become a popular filming location. Nanny McPhee 2 was shot on location from a barn nestled in a pretty valley and a meadow was transformed into an authentic French farmstead for Steven Spielberg's World War One epic War Horse.


A film company paid for some power lines to be diverted for Nanny McPhee 2 and computer-generated imagery was used to remove some of the overhead electricity network to provide an authentic wartime setting for War Horse.


Tilsey Farmis part of a popular circular walk from the White Horse pub in Hascombe and the bridleways are used extensively by horse riders.


The area has been described as one of the most picturesque parts of the Surrey Hills AONB, characterised by dramatic steep-sided valleys and outstanding views from high ground, which have until nowincluded overhead power lines.


This is the latest undergrounding scheme to get under way in Surrey, with similar projects having already taken place at Coldharbour, Westcott, Wotton, Abinger Hammer, Holmwood Common, Loseley Park, near Guildford, and Polesden Lacey, Great Bookham.

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