hi as the elstree studios historian i often get asked questions about films made at other studios which i can't answer but i guess some of you may be able to help ?
this enquiry relates to three hammer films and the question is can you identify specific locations used. the first is the church exterior used in quatermass and the pit? the second is the church used in hands of the ripper and the last is the small 'humpback' bridge which a girl jumps off in frankenstein created woman ????
any ideas anyone ?
Frensham Ponds was also used in Frankenstein Created Woman - though for the earlier scenes I suspect. I have a faint memory that the church in Quatermass and the Pit was possibly on the MGM backlot like most of the film, but you have far more knowledge of that backlot than I do, Paul.
The church from Hands of the Ripper is St Annes in Dropmore/Littleworth Common near Beaconsfield but the side used in the film is not the side that appears in most photos.
Quatermass & The Pit's church appears to be St Nicholas C of E in Church Street, Chiswick, but again I can't find a suitable picture to prove it. I may be able to go and take my own picture in the next few days.
many thanks regarding the two churches. the person enquiring has visited both and confirmed they are the correct locations!
one more enquiry. are you able to identify the location of the high rise building (possibly offices) used as a location in 'the satanic rites of dracula' in which peter cushing visits? i am told in the film there is a fake sign outside indicating the name of denham ?
The office block is 152 Grosvenor Road, on the corner of Grosvenor Road and Vauxhall Bridge. The building has been heavily renovated since 1973, but it is still possible to see that, underneath, it's the same structure.
An episode of The Sweeney was filmed there the following year (in daylight), and that gives a much clearer view of the building in its 1970s form.