How Bath Place became a backdrop to murder
THE normally relaxed precincts of Bath Place Community Venture became the backdrop for an altogether stricter moral regime last Friday.
The venture’s premises in Leamington’s former library were used as a location for a forthcoming BBC adaptation of GK Chesterton’s Father Brown short stories.
Set in the early 20th century in the parish of St Mary’s Catholic Church in the Cotswold village of Kembleford, the series’ hero - played by Harry Potter and Fast Show actor Mark Williams - is a gentle parish priest with an penetrating insight into what makes people commit murder.
For four hours on Friday the Grade II listed Victorian building became a moral institution to which young women who had fallen pregnant outside marriage were sent to work.
With extras from around Leamington donning period costume and signs in which Biblical quotations advertise the virtues of moral correction, site supervisor Clayton Denwood likened the chilly moral atmosphere to ‘a Catholic laundry’.
The ten-part series, produced by BBC Birmingham, will be screened in 2013.
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