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English mansion used in Netflix hit ‘Bridgerton’ engulfed in smoke as fire destroys outbuilding

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Passions aren’t the only thing burning on the set of Netflix’s bodice-ripping series Bridgerton.

The stately home, which featured as a location in the hit drama, was also engulfed in flames on Wednesday afternoon.

It took 10 fire crews to extinguish the blaze that engulfed the outbuilding of the Wrotham Park estate in Hertfordshire, better known to fans of the show as Aubrey Hall.

The building was used to film scenes for the second season of the Regency period drama.

Eight fire engines were called to the historic country house in South Mimms at 3.35pm as plumes of smoke and flames came dangerously close to the main building.

Footage from inside the mansion shows huge flames and smoke coming from an outbuilding next to the estate’s main house

The Wrotham Park Estate, better known to Bridgerton fans as Aubrey Hall, is the backdrop for the series' intrigue and romance

The Wrotham Park Estate, better known to Bridgerton fans as Aubrey Hall, is the backdrop for the series' intrigue and romance

The Wrotham Park Estate, better known to Bridgerton fans as Aubrey Hall, is the backdrop for the series’ intrigue and romance

Large plumes of smoke were seen rising from the historic building, which is regularly used as a filming location for the popular Netflix series

Large plumes of smoke were seen rising from the historic building, which is regularly used as a filming location for the popular Netflix series

Large plumes of smoke were seen rising from the historic building, which is regularly used as a filming location for the popular Netflix series Bridgerton

Firefighters tackle a blaze at Wrotham Park Estate in Hertfordshire this afternoon

Firefighters tackle a blaze at Wrotham Park Estate in Hertfordshire this afternoon

Firefighters tackle a blaze at Wrotham Park Estate in Hertfordshire this afternoon

The Wrotham Park estate is pictured during an emotional flashback scene in Bridgerton's final season

The Wrotham Park estate is pictured during an emotional flashback scene in Bridgerton's final season

The Wrotham Park estate is pictured during an emotional flashback scene in Bridgerton’s final season

About eight fire trucks and 40 firefighters have been fighting the fire since 3:35 p.m

About eight fire trucks and 40 firefighters have been fighting the fire since 3:35 p.m

About eight fire trucks and 40 firefighters have been fighting the fire since 3:35 p.m

Huge blaze breaks out at outbuilding near historic site in Hertfordshire

Huge blaze breaks out at outbuilding near historic site in Hertfordshire

Huge blaze breaks out at outbuilding near historic site in Hertfordshire

“Eight fire engines are in attendance at a fire at an outbuilding on the Wrotham Park estate,” a Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said. “The wing is still on fire but is now under control”

Footage from a helicopter showed blazing flames shooting into the sky and plumes of smoke that could be seen for miles around as the one-story building, which was used as a stable, caught fire.

“At the moment we have 8 pumps and around 40 firefighters attending the fire on the Wrotham Park estate next to Potters Bar,” said Simon Toohill, assistant fire chief.

“Colleagues from the London Fire Brigade are also supportive.”

It’s unclear whether that will affect the third season filming currently underway for the wildly popular period drama, which spent three weeks as the number one series, according to Nielsen Media Research.

It’s Netflix’s best series and can be seen in 92 countries on the streaming platform.

Reg-Jean Page rides a horse on the grounds

Reg-Jean Page rides a horse on the grounds

Reg-Jean Page rides a horse at Aubrey Hall – aka Wrotham Park in Hertfordshire

Jonathan Bailey strikes a pose while filming a movie

Jonathan Bailey strikes a pose while filming a movie

Jonathan Bailey strikes a pose while filming ‘Bridgerton’ at the Wrotham Park estate, where he was hit by an outbuilding fire this week

The lush gardens of the Wrotham Park estate provide the perfect backdrop for the period drama

The lush gardens of the Wrotham Park estate provide the perfect backdrop for the period drama

The lush gardens of the Wrotham Park estate provide the perfect backdrop for the period drama

On Wednesday, the real one caught fire

On Wednesday, the real one caught fire

The real Aubrey Hall, where heroes in Bridgerton act out their drama, caught fire on Wednesday

The Bridgerton family pose outside Aubrey Hall, the real estate called Wrotham Park, which caught fire on Wednesday

The Bridgerton family pose outside Aubrey Hall, the real estate called Wrotham Park, which caught fire on Wednesday

The Bridgerton family pose outside Aubrey Hall, the real estate called Wrotham Park, which caught fire on Wednesday

The Shondaland series uses the home’s sprawling lawns and lush English gardens as a backdrop for gossip, intrigue and love.

Outdoor settings came into play when the current pandemic made outdoor shooting a necessity due to Covid restrictions.

The Neo-Palladian mansion was designed and built by the English architect Isaac Ware in 1754 for Admiral John Byng, a member of parliament who served as a captain in the navy.

This is not the first time a fire has affected the estate.

Wrotham partially burnt down in 1883, but nothing much was destroyed and the interiors were rebuilt using more modern Victorian building techniques.

Used as a filming location over 60 times, Wortham Park is recognizable by its grand setting overlooking the gardens.

The house has also been the backdrop for Bridget Jones’s Diary, Gosford Park, The Crown and Downton Abbey.

It has also hosted some very high-profile celebrations, including the wedding of Pavlos, Crown Prince of Greece to Marie-Chantal Miller in 1995, and the 2006 wedding of Cheryl and Ashley Cole.


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