A BBC film crew has been in Kirkby Lonsdale, shooting scenes for a major drama adaptation to be screened over Easter 2014. The three-part production will include famous faces including Downton Abbey actress Jessica Brown-Findlay.
Although the 19th century novel Jamaica Inn, by Daphne du Maurier, is set in 1820s Cornwall, Kirkby Lonsdale was chosen because present-day Launceton was considered too modern for the eerie tale of smuggling and skulduggery.
The town is well-known for its distinctive mix of cobbled courtyards, elegant 18th century buildings, cottages built from Lakeland stone. Market Square was a focal point for the filming, with other town-centre locations including Devil’s Bridge and St Mary’s Church – just behind the Sun Inn – also featuring in the scenes. Jamaica Inn is set for transmission in April 2014.