Young Sherlock Holmes, 1985
- Nicholas Rowe
- Alan Cox
- Sophie Ward
- Anthony Higgins
- Susan Fleetwood
- Freddie Jones
- Nigel Stock
- Michael Hordern
visit the film locations
The National Trust, which maintains several properties seen in the film, is a charity completely independent of Government funding, which relies on the support of its 3.4 million members. Membership includes free entry to, and parking at, more than 300 historic houses and gardens.
Visit: Belvoir Castle, about six miles southwest of Grantham (tel: 01476. 871.000) (rail: London King’s Cross)
Visit: of Eton College, Eton, north of Windsor
Visit: Penshurst Place, Penshurst (rail: Penshurst). Open from the beginning of April to the beginning of October (tel: 01892. 870307)
The School Quad of Eton College is a frequent location – as the ‘Palace of Westminster’ in The Madness Of King George, a church in Shakespeare In Love, as ‘Hampton Court Palace’ in Henry VIII and His Six Wives and most famously as ‘Trinity College’ in Chariots Of Fire.
Young Sherlock Holmes location: Waxflatter demonstrates his flying machine: Belvoir Castle, near Grantham, Leicestershire
Photograph: iStockphoto © Ian Bracegirdle
Despite the presence of producer Steven Spielberg, director Barry Levinson (responsible for Diner and Rain Man) and writer Chris Columbus (director of Home Alone), the story of Holmes and Watson’s schooldays didn’t take flight as it should have – although it earned its place in the history books with the first completely CGI character (the knight emerging from the stained-glass window).
The fictional ‘Brompton School’ is an elaborate composite spanning four counties, which demonstrates how disparate locations can be knitted together to appear as one place.
The exterior of the school is Brasenose College, Radcliffe Square opposite the Radcliffe Camera in the city of Oxford, with the tower of St Mary the Virgin in the background.
Young Sherlock Holmes film location: the quad of ‘Brompton School’: School Quad, Eton, Berkshire
Once through the gates, the school quad is that of Eton College, Eton, north of Windsor in Berkshire. The quad of the prestigious school also stood in for ‘Trinity College’ in Chariots Of Fire; as the ‘Palace of Westminster’ in The Madness Of King George; and as a church exterior in Shakespeare In Love.
But when Holmes and Watson look up to see Waxflatter (Nigel Stock) demonstrating his flying machine, the crenellated towers are those of Belvoir Castle, home of the Duke and Duchess of Rutland, about seven miles west of Grantham in Leicestershire.
Belvoir also provided the castellated home of Cragwitch. No stranger to the screen, Belvoir (pronounced ‘beaver’) is also seen as ‘Castel Gandolfo’, the Pope's summer residence, in The Da Vinci Code; as well as appearing in Merchant-Ivory’s The Golden Bowl, and being seen as ‘Buckingham Palace’ in both The Young Victoria and King Ralph. The castle’s kitchens even featured in Jan de Bont’s splurgy 1999 remake of The Haunting.
Young Sherlock Holmes location: the fencing match between Holmes and Rathe: Baron’s Hall, Penshurst Place, Kent
The school’s gym, where Holmes (Nicholas Rowe) fences with schoolmaster Rathe (Anthony Higgins), is the Baron’s Hall of Penshurst Place, a Tudor mansion in Kent (“Are you alright, Penshurst?” asks Rathe of one of the schoolboys).
Young Sherlock Holmes location: Victorian London: Shad Thames, London
The narrow walkways between the old riverside warehouses of Shad Thames, on the South Bank of the Thames in London SE1, now redeveloped as shops and restaurants, stand in for Victorian London, as they also did in The French Lieutenant’s Woman.