|Heydon is a picturesque cul-de-sac village which
lies a few miles off the B1149 Holt
road just north of Cawston.
The village and the hall
have been a favourite location for film and TV
productions for many years. It has hosted Weavers
Green - an early Anglia TV soap opera, The
Grotesque - a film starring Sting, The Moonstone,
Love on a Branch Line, The Peppermint Pig, Vanity Fair, Backs to the
Land and The Woman in White. But it is
perhaps best known for providing some of the main
locations in Joseph Losey's
The Go Between (1970).
The Maudsley family attend church in Heydon and after
the service file out of the side gate onto the village
green. A cottage on the village green (see below) was frequently
used as a background shot and for the final scene where the elderly Leo and Marian
discuss the past.
Cottage used in The Go-Between
village, with its historic buildings, and lack of
through traffic makes an ideal country filmset. The
newest building in the village is the Queen Victoria
commemorative well which was built in 1887.
Heydon has previously won the Norfolk best-kept village competition
for two years running. The Hall, which is the home of the Bulwer
Long family, can boast Lord Lytton as a member. He was
a novelist who wrote under the pseudonym of Bulwer
Lytton and is best known for The Last Days of Pompei.
The stone boars, which are situated on the front lawn of
the hall, are thought to be similar to those found in the
ruins of Pompei. The hall was originally built in 1582
by Henry Dynne.
The TV script writer Johnny Byrne lived in Heydon in
a cottage next to the Earle Arms pub. He was involved with many well
known series including All Creatures Great and Small,
Space 1999, Doctor Who and Heartbeat. He was a regular
reader of the Eastern Daily Press and admitted that many
of his script ideas were drawn from Norfolk life. He
also modelled James Herriot's wife Helen on his own wife
died in 2008 and is buried in the village churchyard.