The Chronicles Of Narnia
The Chronicles of Narnia: books and films
The Chronicles of Narnia was a series of seven books by British children’s author C. S. Lewis, of which The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe was the first published and second in chronological order. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe was the first of three to be filmed for cinema release.
Filming on the Severn Valley Railway
The film begins in London during the Second World War blitz, which brought about the evacuation of many train loads of children including the four Pevensies. The railway journey to ‘Coombe Halt’, the station nearest to the Professor's house, was the only part of the film shot in the UK, the remainder being filmed mainly in New Zealand as well as at locations in Poland and the Czech Republic.
The journey mostly takes place under the opening titles of the film. 7802 Bradley Manor appears at the head of the evacuation train which consists of 4 GWRGreat Western Railway coaches, 6913, 1116 (or 1146?), 1086 and 5883. The train is seen in several aerial shots traveling south along the railway at locations including Little Rock Cutting. It arrives at ‘Pewsey Station’ (Highley), where the Pevensie children watch a number of other evacuees being welcomed. Their train journey continues with the train seen crossing Oldbury Viaduct (actually north of Highley) before arriving at a deserted 'Coombe Halt'.
For collectors of 'nit-picks', the railway scenes contain several small anachronisms. Bradley Manor was painted and lettered for BRBritish Rail or British Railways which was not formed until 1948, and had been fitted with a 4,000 gallon tender rather than the 3,500 gallon tender normally used by Manors. The station is announced as 'Pewsey', but the running in board and station lamps are those of Highley.
- The Worldwide Guide to Movie Locations (Retrieved 13 February 2017)
- GW(SVR)A. Note, the page refers to the use of four GW(SVRSevern Valley Railway)A carriages including 1146 which is owned by the GWRGreat Western Railway 813 Fund. It is assumed this should be 1116 which is owned by the GW(SVRSevern Valley Railway)A.
- Much Wenlock Tourism Article
- Movie Locations website (Retrieved 26 August 2019)