St Michael’s Church

St Michael’s Church

Believe it or not, this lovely, unassuming parish church stood in for scenes set at the Tower of London in the 2021 Channel 5 Anne Boleyn drama. Visible for miles around, the church sits in a field within an area of West Yorkshire that was once famous for its coal mining, in the village of Emley.

St Michael’s distinctive stonework has been dated to several different periods, showing expansions over centuries, but the core bones of the church are 14th century and its distinctive, spiked tower dates to the 15th century, making it historically suitable for filming Anne Boleyn’s trial scenes at the Tower of London.

Church of England services are still held within its thick stone walls. Pews, chapels and galleries were added and updated during the 17th and 18th centuries.

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