The Cedarfield and Harpurton Filming Locations: Where was The Stranger filmed? The house of the Netflix series

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The new Netflix series The Stranger is set in the fictional town of Cedarfield, located somewhere in Northern England. Also the village of Harpurton, featured in one episode, doesn't really exist. The Stranger was filmed in Greater Manchester area, and here is our detailed filming locations report of the show.

The series is an adaptation based on the 2015 novel by author Harlan Coben, about web-based secrets and blackmail. In the original The Stranger book, Cedarfield is an exclusive American suburb in New Jersey. Everything suddenly changes in the comfortable life of Adam Price when a girl appears out of nowhere and tells him a devastating secret about his wife.

Danny Brocklehurst, the creator of the 2018 British drama Safe, also shot in Manchester, is involved in this project starring Richard Armitage as Adam Price (known for his role as the dwarf prince in The Hobbit), Jacob Dudman is his son Thomas (Medici, The A List), Siobhan Finneran as DS Johanna Griffin (Benidorm, Happy Valley, Downton Abbey), Hannah John-Kamen as The Stranger (Game of Thrones, Ghost in the Marvel movies), Jennifer Saunders as Heidi (Absolutely Fabulous), Dervla Kirwan as Adam's wife Corinne and Anthony Head as Ed Price (Rupert Giles in Buffy the Vampire Slayer).

The Stranger house location
Adam Price family home is located in Didsbury, a pricey suburban village south of Manchester city centre. This house and his neighbour's Tripp home, located across the street (played by Shaun Dooley, pictured below), are both historical Grade II listed buildings. The Price family home is the Park End House, a seven-bedroom residence built mid to late 19th century. Tripp's home is the Pine House, constructed around 1840.
(You can open all the locations on Google Maps clicking on the links below in the captions ↴)
Image courtesy of Netflix - The Stranger house location


Sports Club building
The series begin in the Cedarfield Sports Club, where Adam is first approached by the stranger. These scenes where filmed in the Monton Sports Club, located in Welbeck Rd, Eccles. Eccles is a large town in Greater Manchester, included in the metropolitan borough of the City of Salford. Image courtesy of Netflix and Google Maps


Cedarfield UK
The decapitated alpaca body found in the center of the village was actually shot in Bury, below the Robert Peel Statue near the Church of St Mary the Virgin. Bury is a nice town located almost 8 miles northwest of Manchester, home to the East Lancashire Railway, a popular market and a few interesting museums. The animal farm from the first episode of The Stranger is the White Peak Alpacas in Mobberley, a village part of Cheshire.
Image courtesy of Netflix and Google Maps - Farm Location


The empty City street with Adam's car
Adam's friend Martine Killane (Stephen Rea), lives in a terraced Victorian home in a neglected area looking like a ghost town. This house is on Webster Rd in Liverpool (between Wavertree and Toxteth). At first we thought that this scenes had been shot in Clayton (east Manchester), in a part of the town known as the Ben Street Regeneration Area. According to Manchester Evening News, Clayton became one of Britain’s most deprived areas after many big employers of east Manchester’s 20th century industrial base shot down before or in the nineties. Now the city council is planning a massive regeneration scheme, basing the plan on building sporting venues.
Image courtesy of Netflix - Map Location


Brown Sugar Café Manchester
The Brown Sugar Café, owned by Heidi (Jennifer Saunders), is a tea room called the Café At The Cathedral (also listed as Proper Tea), a cosy venue located right across the street from Manchester Cathedral.
Image courtesy of Netflix and Google Maps


The Stranger filming locations
The Stockport Market Hall appears in The Stranger as if it was located near the coffee shop. However, the Metropolitan Borough of Stockport lies 7 miles south-east of Manchester city centre. The covered market is a remarkable Victorian era landmark, located at the heart of Stockport. Image courtesy of Netflix - Map Filming Location


secondary school grand room
The Cedarfield High School is the Bolton School, according to Wikipedia one of the largest independent day schools in England. The Great Hall, built at the beginning of the 20th century, boasts a traditional church organ and a magnificent vaulted ceiling. The complex includes the Riley Sixth Form Centre, also featured in the series. Bolton is a large city located around 15 miles north-west of Manchester.
Image courtesy of Netflix - Map


Manchester scene actors
The sequence when Heidi goes to the city to meet her daughter Kimberley (Callie Cooke), was filmed in St Peter's Square in Manchester downtown. The arches are under the building near the Central Library.
Images courtesy of Netflix - Film Location


Ich schweige für dich drehort
Adam visits Suzanne’s house in episode 2, shot near St Philip's Church in Salford. This location was easy to recognize thanks to the characteristic nineteenth century bell tower. Image courtesy of Netflix and Google Maps


Coffee downtown shooting series
Adam finally meets Suzanne in the Ancoats Coffee Co, situated in the Royal Mills. This is an historical early-twentieth-century cotton mill complex. The bowling centre of the beginning of episode three was filmed at All Star Lanes in Great Northern, Manchester. The exterior of Brickfield Cottage, the house Adam Price visits by the end of episode 3, is on College Road in Whalley Range, also in Manchester.
Images courtesy of Netflix - Coffee filming location / Bowling alley location


Harpurton
The bridge in Harpurton (also a fictional town), from episode 4 is the scenic Martholme Viaduct in Lancashire, located between the town of Great Harwood and the village of Read. This magnificent disused 19th-century railway bridge was reopened to walkers and horses in 2017. The train station is the Stockport Railway Station. Ed's office, where is located in Hardman Square, Manchester. He meets the Stranger in the The Grill on New York Street (Blackhouse) restaurant, also in Manchester. The bar where Adam meets his old close colleague 'that bitch'- Sally, is the Italian restaurant Gusto at 4 Lloyd St, Manchester. Johanna meets Heidi's daughter, Kimberley (Callie Cooke), in Parsonage Gardens.Image courtesy of Netflix - Viaduct location / Harpurton Station


movie theater and police office
The Stranger works in a cinema, The Plaza in Stockport, a historic Art Deco cinema and theatre from the 1930's. She lives in a flat located at Brunswick Mill Rehearsal Rooms on Bradford Rd (Manchester). The police station is the Old Magistrates Building in Bolton. In episode 5, Johanna and her partner are sitting in the large staircase of Bolton's Town Hall in Victoria Square. Image courtesy of Stephen Needs and Netflix - The Plaza location / The Stranger house location / Police station map


Grand Pacific Restaurant and scene in Stockport town
The scene where the police sets a trap for the businessman in a bar with Johanna and Katz (Paul Kaye), was recorded in the Grand Pacific Restaurant. Located at the top of King Street in the center of Machester, this is a prestigious and luxurious venue, hosted in a splendid colonial style Grade II listed building. The Royal Infirmary seems to be, as the Manchester Evening News suggests, the former Spire Hospital in Whalley Range area, set to be demolished. However, at least the scenes showing the modern section of the hospital were filmed in Salford University. The chase through the streets in episode 7 was shot in downtown Stockport.


railroad station yard
The old train depot where the chase ends is the East Lancashire Railway in Bury. The Bloom Coffee Shop from the last episode, where Adam speaks to the private investigator, is also located in Bury.
Image courtesy of Netflix - Railway Map / Bloom Coffee location

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  1. Bolton school is the school they use

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  2. The exterior of "Brickfield Cottage" the house Adam Price visits about 10 minutes from the end of episode 3 is on College Road, Whalley Range, Manchester. I've been waiting for this to turn up since I saw the vans filming and noticed a sheet with the programme title behind the windscreen of one of them.

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    1. Thanks for your help, updated!

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    2. Yes thank you! I’ve been wondering what they were filming for ages. Also never seen the front of the house either, gates are always closed! Great spot

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  3. Where is the town with the bunting when Adam is chasing her

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    1. Hi Ingrid, these scenes where filmed in the streets of the centre of Stockport: Great Underbank, Little Underbank and Market Place.

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  4. It’s not Rosso the restaurant is grand pacific across the street

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  5. Is the derelict area really Clayton? The architecture (bay windows with cast iron pillars) looks more like equally derelict parts of Liverpool (the “Welsh streets” area near Ringo Starr’s birthplace, for example).

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    1. Good question, let's see if anyone from the area can confirm this.

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  6. Abondened street is actually in Liverpool, Webster Road

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    1. Thanks a lot, now we found the real location!

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  7. The scenes of the hospital are Salford University

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  8. The stranger's flat is located in Brunswick Mill Rehearsal Rooms on Bradford Rd in Manchester

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    1. If you look on Google maps, the entrance to the mill still has the same graffiti as that seen on the show.

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    2. Cool, thanks a lot for your help, updated!

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    3. The flat used is Back Piccadilly facing onto Mangle Street. The production company also used the same location for Heavens in Safe, also by Harlan Coben

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  9. Where is the chase scene through the railway depot/old trains filmed?

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    1. I was wondering that too, I thought it looked like ramsbottom??

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    2. East Lancs Railway in Bury

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  10. Did any of the filming take place in The Avenue, Sale?

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