Pride and Prejudice
Lake House near Bennet’s Home
In the movie “Pride and Prejudice”, there’s a calm lake with a house close to Bennet’s home. This place is located in Tunbridge Wells in England. If you want to find the exact location read on or click on the map icon in the navigation bar.
“Your mother will never see you again if you do not marry Mr Collins, and I will never see you again if you do.”Mr Bennet
Where was the Lake House scene filmed?
In “Pride and Prejudice”, a picturesque Lake appears close to the Bennet family’s home. In reality, this is a pond and it is adjacent to Groombridge Place, the actual filming location for the Bennet’s residence. Located on Groombridge Hill, this historic manor is near Tunbridge Wells in the UK. Its exact address is Groombridge Hill, Groombridge, Tunbridge Wells TN3 9QG, UK.
More about Groombridge Place
Groombridge Place is a moated manor house rich in history. The earliest records mention its existence from 1239. Over the centuries, it has witnessed the detainment of the Duke of Orléans after the Battle of Agincourt and the architectural influence of Philip Packer and Christopher Wren in 1662. The house remained largely untouched but saw some modern restorations in the 20th century. The property’s gardens have been admired for ages, with one being a favorite of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who set his Sherlock Holmes novel “The Valley of Fear” at Groombridge, renaming it “Birlstone Manor”. Today, while the house remains private, its gardens are open to the public.
Scenes filmed at Groombridge Place
Elizabeth’s Escape and Realization
Distressed after a heated discussion about marrying Mr. Collins, Elizabeth runs away to the serene lake near her home. As she reaches the lake, she witnesses a majestic scene of water birds taking flight. Not long after, her parents follow her to the lake. Her mother passionately insists on the marriage to Mr. Collins, emphasizing the societal expectations and pressures. Elizabeth firmly refuses, expressing her wish to marry for love rather than convenience. In a touching turn of events, her father steps in, siding with Elizabeth. He assures her that they won’t force her into a marriage she doesn’t want.
Mr. Bingley’s Struggle with Confession
The calm lake serves as the backdrop once again, but this time for Mr. Bingley’s internal turmoil. Mr. Darcy stands still, a silent pillar of support, while Mr. Bingley paces nervously back and forth. Mr. Bingley’s erratic movements depict his jumbled thoughts and apprehensions about confessing his feelings to Jane Bennet. He had previously tried to propose to Jane but couldn’t gather the courage. The tranquil surroundings of the pond reflect the contrast between Mr. Darcy’s calm demeanor and Mr. Bingley’s anxious state.
Pride and Prejudice
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