The trio of Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg, and Nick Frost are great together. I’ve been a fan of them since Spaced, which if you missed it is a really good sitcom with wonderful movie geek references throughout. The three of them then went on to make what is known as the Cornetto Trilogy of movies, Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and The World’s End.
I love Shaun and I love Fuzz, but for me, Fuzz just takes first place because it was filmed up the road from me in the beautiful city of Wells, Somerset.
Wells is the hometown of Wright and despite the small size is officially a city as it has a cathedral in it. #knowledge
It really is a quaint place, very English and full of cobbled streets. It made a perfect location for Sandford, the fictional village where Hot Fuzz is based. The straightforward story is:
A skilled London police officer is transferred to a small town with a dark secret.
If you haven’t seen it, stop reading and go and watch it now! I’m sure most of you have seen it already and you know the story, appreciate the humor, and have discovered the dark secret.
“The greater good!”
I had to pop up to Wells Cathedral for an art exhibition, so I went up early and did a little walking tour for you guys to enjoy.
A Walking Tour Of Sanford
I did my homework and found a great site, British Film Locations, and they even had the actual spots recorded on Google Maps, which really helped. The photos aren’t in any order from the movie, just how I happened to walk around them.
This was the scene with the Church Fete. The actual church is called St Cuthbert’s and is an impressive building. You can see where the fete took place and where Tim Messenger, played by Adam Buxton, had his head caved in. The shot of Tim wasn’t in the exact location, but it was that church.
Next is the main square. On the day I was there, there was a market happening, which was pretty good. It was mostly locally made things…including cider! Anyway, the shots aren’t perfectly lined up, but they are the same place and include the Crown Pub, where Nicolas (Pegg) and Danny (Frost) meet for the first time.
In the main square, there is a huge archway, leading to another park. This arch is where Sergeant Angel asks about a swan to P.I. Staker (Stephen Merchant) and Dr. Robin Hatcher (Stuart Wilson) tries to shoot Angel in the shootout at the end. The angle is a little off on the photos.
Angel stays in a hotel called The Swan, which is actually called The Swan in Wells, just off the main high street.
The next location is now in a small gated community, so I couldn’t get in, but this is almost the location. At the beginning of the movie, Angel gets stabbed by a Santa, who was played by Peter Jackson, director of Lord Of The Rings, The Hobbit, and King Kong. Again, it’s not perfect and the gate has changed, but this was close.
Before the big fight in the supermarket, Angel is outside and ready to head in. I parked just across the road from here.
Near the end, Angel is running to find out the dark secret. He was running towards The Bishop’s Palace.
There were a couple of other locations, but they are bit of a walk and firstly I didn’t have the time and secondly, I’m pretty lazy and just couldn’t be arsed. It was where Angel chases the shoplifter.
All in all, I had a good day. I had a surf ‘n’ turf lunch in a local pub and then the art exhibition went well. I also wrote up the article a while back about the new Dungeons & Dragons movie being filmed in the cathedral. So I took a couple of pictures inside and it is impressive.
The lady who was running the exhibition told me that they film in and around there about once a month, so I’ve asked her to let me know if anything else major turns up.
Here’s a final shot of the cathedral I took with my drone.
Not all of the movie was shot in Wells, but a good chunk of it was. I will go back there again since it’s such a nice place to go anyway. It’s just an added bonus having had a cool film like Hot Fuzz made there.