Our Permanent Site – A reconstructed Anglo-Saxon Manor

A feast by the fire
A feast by the hearthfire – © Alison Offer 2012

Alone of all re-enactment societies, Regia Anglorum owns a permanent site. Situated about sixty miles from central London and in a patch of secluded woodland near Canterbury in Kent, we are constructing a fortified manor house from the Late Anglo-Saxon period. We have used our site as a filming location on several occasions.

Pictured here is the weathered mediaeval-style cottage with white rendered walls of daub. The interior works as well, the floor being boarded and we have the props to hand to readily turn it into a living space for a small family.

But the main feature is the spectacular Longhall. The only building of its kind in the UK has tremendous presence and mere words cannot honestly do it justice. At the heart of the site, this 20×10×10 metre English Oak building is exactly what one might expect to find in such a vulnerable spot in the Viking Age. It has a protective ditch and palisade, over 200m in length complete with a watchtower and impressive gates.

A track through the woods that might be an old Roman road and extensive deciduous open woodland are also available. Full 360° angles are available at the site with no modern intrusions.

This is an ongoing project and things are always changing there. For the latest, with some up-to-date pictures of the site and the work which has gone into it, feel free to visit our Wychurst pages.

The longhall
The longhall – © Alan Tidy 2017

Generally speaking, our clients find it a very good, workable location. Although within a few miles of Canterbury and Herne Bay, traffic noise is limited to the occasional emergency vehicle siren, which (it must be said) tends to set the Wolf pack off in the wildlife park next door. Noise from air traffic rarely exceeds the occasional light aircraft or helicopter.

If you want further information about Wychurst, download the short introduction to the site, which is specifically aimed at film-makers. If questions remain, feel free to get in contact.

Facilities

The forge
The forge – © Helen Mallalieu 2016

Within 200 metres, there is a scout hall that offers an excellent base with private catering facilities (not professional standard) and generally somewhere to sit down out of the weather. There is single-phase mains electricity and mains water supply here, but not at the site itself (yet – we're working on that).

There is a good, modern pub within a mile that has an excellent reputation for good food.

Above all, we are the land-owners and – within the bounds of common sense and the Health and Safety at Work Act – we can do what we please there.


So far I have covered the physical and practical assets we can provide for your production – however we offer a lot more that just that. Continue to discover how we can make your life easier with our experience and our one-stop approach to media work.


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