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The Real Places of Jane Eyre's World

Posted February 24, 2011 to photo album "The Real Places of Jane Eyre's World"

Jane Eyre’s production designer Will Hughes-Jones and location manager Giles Edleston worked hard to find just the right places to capture the romantic landscape of Charlotte Brontë’s masterpiece.

The Moor House
The Moor House (2)
Thornfield Hall
Thornfield Hall, after the fire
Lowood
Jane's School
Thornfield Hall Country Side
The Moors
The Moors (2)
The Moors (2)

The Moors (2)

Actual Place: Stanage Edge

Few writers have captured the profound emotional power of the moors as succinctly (or romantically) as Charlotte Brontë. To capture the area on film, the filmmakers could luckily allow Stanage Edge to speak for itself. The image of Jane Eyre (Mia  Wasikowska) looking out from Stanage Edge captures the profound sense of isolation that Brontë summoned up in her novel: “There are great moors behind and on each hand of me; there are waves of mountains far beyond that deep valley at my feet.  The population here must be thin, and I see no passengers on these roads: they stretch out east, west, north, and south––white, broad, lonely; they are all cut in the moor, and the heather grows deep and wild to their very verge.  Yet a chance traveller might pass by; and I wish no eye to see me now: strangers would wonder what I am doing, lingering here at the sign-post, evidently objectless and lost.  I might be questioned: I could give no answer but what would sound incredible and excite suspicion. Not a tie holds me to human society at this moment––not a charm or hope calls me where my fellow-creatures are––none that saw me would have a kind thought or a good wish for me.  I have no relative but the universal mother, Nature: I will seek her breast and ask repose.”