“ Mount Zion Chapel, with its backdrop of the Pennine Way, offers a wonderful setting for filming. It has the attraction of being a building in good order , with an architectural value that fits well with, but is not limited to, certain periods in history. The small attached cottage offers a different kind of space that may be useful for more intimate scenes, and the extensive graveyard with its Victorian-style graves offers another dimension. The fields behind the church also offer the opportunity for filming or the parking of vehicles for the production team. Mount Zion is set within an area which has often been used for filming successful television series, such as ‘Last Tango in Halifax’, and films. ”

Rev Paul Welch

Architectural History

The present, rather austere, Chapel was built in 1815 in place of an earlier Church erected in 1773 on the same site. The Sundial on the front is one of the few remaining features from the 1773 building. Mount Zion Chapel’s form is typical of Non-Conformist chapels and meeting houses – imposing but largely unadorned. The adjoining Cottage was erected in 1773, in the same architectural style as the original church. It would originally have served as accommodation for both the travelling preachers of the time and their horses. The architects for the interior of the Chapel (1881) were Leeming and Leeming of Halifax, who later became very well known. Mount Zion Chapel has been carefully looked after by the Church Council ever since it was built and has undergone a complete refurbishment in the last 15 years, although its superb traditional features remain.

Architectural Features

The Chapel exterior is of Yorkshire stone. The approach is by a 50 m Yorkshire stone flagged gated path. The Graveyard extends to nearly 3 acres and features more than 6,000 gravestones, including some handsome table stone gravestones. The stunning interior of the chapel is in fine decorative condition. The pews are pitch pine. There are 170 ground floor and 180 gallery places. The aisles are carpeted. The large organ, built in 1892 by Charles Anneessens of Belgium, is in full working order. It is one of very few Anneessens organs of this antiquity still remaining.

Filming Attributes

There is plenty of local accommodation for actors and crew, and there would be local help from members of the congregation, as required. A 2-acre field is available for location vehicles and is usually very dry. It would also be suitable for landing helicopters. Internally, the Chapel offers good natural light.

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Special Considerations

  • Accommodate Unit Base
  • Accommodation for Cast & Crew

Topography

Mount Zion is located on the edge of Ogden Moor, and offers sweeping views across the typically Brontë-esque countryside. In addition to the Chapel and Graveyard, there is an outbuilding in a state of picturesque ruin in the grounds. The Chapel is situated 5 miles from Halifax, 6 miles from Haworth, 7 miles from Bradford and 8 miles from Keighley. There are good train connections between Bradford or Keighley and London Kings Cross. Leeds Bradford International Airport is 1 hour’s drive away.

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Contact

Email: nancy.sheridan@heritage4media.com

Phone: Heritage4Media: 07736 364722

Website: http://www.mountzionhalifax.org.uk/