Where was Taboo Filmed?

The new co-production of the BBC aired by FX channel is a superb period drama starring Mad Max: Fury Road Tom Hardy. Set in 1814, this fictional story takes the viewer to the darkest nineteenth-century England, in a world where the powerful East India Company controlled the most profitable private business of the British Empire.

James Keziah Delaney is a mysterious adventurer returning from Africa where he was presumed dead, to claim the family heritage. The plot of Taboo is an idea of the actor Tom Hardy, who wrote the script with his father and Steven Knight, the creator of Peaky Blinders.

Taboo was filmed around London in many historic homes and buildings, making this project remarkably interesting regarding the filming locations. We will be updating and improving often this report, at the same time that we try not to include any spoilers:

Taboo Filming Locations
The setting is an important part of the story, and the locations are a journey into the early 19th century Regency London.
Image courtesy of BBC/FX Networks


Taboo locations
The magnificent interiors of Hatfield House in Hertfordshire served as the headquarters of the East India Company, and some rooms and the facade as the palace of the Prince Regent. Image courtesy of BBC/FX Networks and Paul Hudson




Taboo East India Company
Several rooms from Hatfield House were used, like the armoury, the library or the Marble Hall, pictured. This opulent state has been the set for many other productions, from the 1989 Batman to 2016' Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.
Image courtesy of BBC/FX Networks and Hatfield House


Taboo House
Some rooms from 17th century Ham House in the south of Richmond were used for scenes with Sir Stuart Strange (Jonathan Pryce) and some company's Counselors. Image courtesy of BBC/FX Networks and Allan Harris


Where is Taboo filmed
The facade of the East India Company building in the series is the Goldsmiths' Hall in the City of London.
Image courtesy of BBC/FX Networks


Shooting locations Taboo
Some parts of the Danson House in Bexley were used to film the concert from episode 2.
Image courtesy of BBC/FX Networks and Jill Catley


Mansion Taboo
Pictured, the library of this Georgian mansion during beethoven's sixth symphony play.
Image courtesy of BBC/FX Networks and Jill Catley




Where was Taboo shot
The cellar of Danson House was also the setting for a room in St Bartholomew Hospital, as seen in episode 2.
Image courtesy of Barbara Rogerson


Where did they filmed Taboo
The funeral from episode one was filmed in St Mary's the Virgin church and graveyard in Wanstead.
Image The Wub


Taboo drehort
The Golden Hind berthed in Southwark is the Sir Francis Drake’s ship replica. It was used for scenes of Delaney on board a boat. By the way, did you spot the mysterious ghosts hidden like Easter eggs in some sequences of Taboo?
Image courtesy of BBC/FX Networks


Taboo Filming Cornwall
Taboo was also filming in the harbor of Charlestown in Cornwall, a popular shooting location (series like BBC's Poldark or movies like Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland were set here). Image by Andrew King


Taboo London
An scene outside a theater takes place in Trinity Church Square, Southwark.
Image by Paul Farmer


Taboo filming
Many sequences in the streets of London have been filmed in Tilbury Fort, a 16th century fortress on the north bank of the River Thames in Essex. Image courtesy of BBC/FX Networks and Peter Taylor


Taboo filming
Some scenes with boats have been filmed in the inner moat of Tilbury Fort (and the wooden bridge pictured at the right, that appears several times). Also the Coalhouse Fort in East Tilbury doubles for Bedlam Hospital.
Image courtesy of BBC/FX Networks


Taboo Ball scene
The ball from episode 4 was amazingly filmed in the 18th century country house West Wycombe Park (Buckinghamshire). Image courtesy of BBC/FX Networks and John Griffiths


Locations for Taboo
The watermill is located in the state of Mapledurham House in Oxfordshire.
Image courtesy of BBC/FX Networks and Hugh Mothersole


Taboo
Boats passing through Islington tunnel on the Regent's Canal.
Image courtesy of BBC/FX Networks


Where is Taboo filmed
The historic Charterhouse in Smithfield also appears in the show (pictured). Other confirmed locations are St Martin’s building in Camden and the House of Detention on Sans Walk (Islington). Image by James Morgenstern


Taboo film locations
Countess Musgrove lives in the Tudor Chenies Manor House in Buckinghamshire. The house interiors and other parts of the garden were also used used as the mansion where Zilpha and Thorne Geary live.
Image courtesy of BBC/FX Networks


Zilpha house
James's half-sister house from the outside is part of the Hall Barn Estate in Beaconsfield (Buckinghamshire).
Image courtesy of BBC/FX Networks


Taboo Church
The church and graveyard from episode 6 are also located in Beaconsfield old town (Saint Mary and All Saints Church).
Image courtesy of BBC/FX Networks and Emma Johnson


Where do they film Taboo
The Delaney family house is located on Stepney Green Gardens in East London.
Image by Google Maps


Taboo mini series
Can you help to find the missing filming locations for Taboo?
Have you recognized other locations watching the series? To complete this report, any feedback, suggestions or images that you may have are more than welcome, thank you!

For further information we found some interesting reads about the history and the architecture of London, like The Victorian City, a beautifully illustrated guide about the period that followed the incidents related in Taboo, or Georgian & Regency Houses Explained.

Also you can take A Travel Guide Through Time or to find out more about these Sixty Unusual Places to Explore in London, covering many visitable historic homes, including several of them seen in the series.

Finally here is a link to the first DVD edition of Taboo, soon to be released in Amazon.

   


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23 comments:

  1. In Taboo part two I saw what looked like wind turbines turning in the background of the scene where Delaney drops the stones from the ship into the water. What are they?. Is this Gravesend Docks.

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    1. You are right, some modern wind turbines can be seen in a corner of the screen... It must be from Gravesend, as it is on the other bank of the Thames (from Tilbury Fort).

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    2. no - they are CGI renderings of (some of) the real windmills that stood along the bank of the Thames at Millwall in the early C19.

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  2. Ham House long room used in episode two. The picture above with the organ and book shelves looks like Hatchlands Park.

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    1. Thanks, updated! Not sure about Hatchlands Park, though.

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  3. The Temple was used in ep2, appropriately enough for the legal scenes. There were shots on Kings Bench Walk and also the colonnade by the church

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  4. The Delaney House looks very much like the beautiful Georgian houses in Stepney Green, East London.

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    1. The Delaney house is the same house where Tom Hollander as Adam Smallbone (Rev) went to the bishop (Ralph Fiennes). Very funny!

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  5. Exterior shots of EIDC are in fact Goldsmiths'Hall,Foster Lane, City of London.

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  6. I easily recognised Tilbury Fort, but think I also recognised exterior shots of Coalhouse Fort in East Tilbury being used to represent bedlam

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    1. Thanks, the Coalhouse Fort Park Facebook page has confirmed this.

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  7. The water mill is Mapledurham house and mill in Berkshire.

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  8. Does anyone know which church was used for the scene where the man in the confessional had had his tongue removed?

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  9. Hey Ra Moon,
    I was wondering you knew when Taboo was filmed. Over Summer I was near Elder st (London) and saw some filming going on there? Could it have been Taboo?

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    1. According to BBC, Taboo started filming on November 2015 in London. The crew was in Cornwall in May 2016, where some parts of the last episode take place.

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  10. The external shots of Geary's house and the church/graveyard scene in episode 6 were all filmed in Beaconsfield Old Town, Buckinghamshire as I work across the road and saw it going on. I have pictures but not sure how to post them?

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    1. Thanks a lot for your pictures and for your help Emma!

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  11. She is his half sister, not his stepsister 😊

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  12. Delaney riding across heathland in various episodes looks like the old airstrip on Ashdown Forest, Sussex

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