Site lifts curtain on Dales film locations

A new website detailing the filming locations of some of the greatest movies ever made has highlighted Matlock and the Dales' importance in cinematic history.

Hit films like Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Duchess, Dead Man's Shoes and Jane Eyre have all been filmed on location in the area during the past 50 years. has 3.9 million locations for film scenes in its archive and reveals that the Red House Stables in Darley Dale played a key role in the filming of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

Jane Eyre, released in 1995, was also shot there as was The Princess Bride, Women in Love and Far from the Madding Crowd.

The Red House Stables Working Carriage Museum has one of the finest collections of original horse drawn vehicles and equipment in Britain.

The collection of vehicles and accessories was started by William Smith and continued by his daughter Caroline Dale-Leech, who has spent her life with horses and driving, learning from her grandfather as well as her father.

This makes it an ideal location for period dramas and films.

The 2004 film Dead Man's Shoes directed by Shane Meadows was filmed in Matlock and at Riber Castle.

The film features a soldier returning to his home town from conflict aiming to get even with people who attacked his mentally-challenged brother.

It won the directors' guild award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in British Film and the Empire award for best actor for the performance of Paddy Considine.

Of course the most famous film location in our area is Chatsworth House which was recently used for The Duchess, starring Keira Knightly, but has also hosted the 2005 production of Pride and Prejudice and the 1986 film Lady Jane.

A television production of Jane Eyre was also filmed there in 2005.

To search the database and find out if scenes were filmed where you live click here.