While researching interiors for the movie Atonement (2007), production designer Sarah Greenwood and set decorator Katie Spencer discovered photographs of Stokesay Court in the archives of Country Life magazine. Located in Shropshire, the Victorian manor, built in 1892 and one of the first homes in England to have electric lighting, served as the ideal prewar setting for the adaptation of Ian McEwan’s best-selling novel. The estate, which had been abandoned and had fallen into disrepair, required considerable restoration before filming could take place.
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