BBC Call the Midwife is a tale of midwives operating in London’s hard up east end during the 50s and the 60s. The first series set in 1957 aired on BBC One in 2012 and as of April 2022, there have so far been 11 series. But have you ever wondered, being set 50+ years ago, where is Call the Midwife filmed?
Where is the Call the Midwife Set?
As you can imagine, due to a combination of the need to have buildings, streets, and environments consistent with those of the period, as well as the privacy required for filming, filming can be difficult. The majority of the filming since series 3 has taken place on a purpose-built set at Longcross Film Studio, Surrey.
Nonnatus House Filming Location – Series 1 & 2
For the first two series, St Joseph’s Missionary College in North London was used as the filming location for Nonnatus House. However, after series 2 the building was adapted into luxury modern flats. A new Nonnatus House was built to take its place at Longcross Film Studio and has been used ever since.
East London 1950’s and 1960’s Locations
A number of external scenes are also regularly filmed at The Chatham Historic Dockyard. The cobbled streets and many of the buildings are reflective of the period and double as East London streets in the program. The Dockyard has been used so frequently throughout the lifetime of Call The Midwife, that they now run Call The Midwife location tours. The tour also includes a collection of props, costumes as well as sets from the show. Book a tour.
Opening Titles Street Location
During the opening titles of the show, the street shown is Saville Road, Silvertown, East London.
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