Filming of 'A Christmas Carol'

Roger Hirson's 1984 adaptation of Dickens's 'A Christmas Carol', filmed in Shrewsbury, is still thought to be the definitive Christmas film. We take a nostalgic look back at the making of a classic.


Many will recognise this scene, which recreates the look of 18th century London streets, shot outside the Music Hall next to what is now Pockets on the right. royal-infirmary-entrance.jpg

The town's old Royal Infirmary was used extensively throughout the film. In this sequence, film extras gather outside in Victorian costume.royal-infirmary-street-scene.jpg

A snowball fight scene at the beginning of the film, outside the old Royal Infirmary. The iconic building is now St Mary's Shopping Parade.between-takes.jpg

Members of the cast after a quick costume change. Some may recognise the parking area behind the Music Hall in the background.street-and-shops.jpg

Film crews and local suppliers deck out the shops near to the old St Chad's Church and walls to recreate the look of an authentic Victorian street. street-scene-by-square.jpg

A chilly street scene filmed in the town's main Square, opposite the timbered building which is now Ask restaurant.scrooge-house.jpg

A horse and cart in the street in Claremont, near the Quarry

The acclaimed actor George C. Scott, who many fans agree was "born to play the character of Scrooge", undergoes a wardrobe fix before filming scenes outside his residence in the Claremont area.tiny-tim-scene.jpg

Tiny Tim, played by Anthony Walters, during the scene where he waits for his father Bob Cratchit to finish work. 

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Comments for: "Filming of 'A Christmas Carol'"

Harold St. John Peasbody

Christmas brings hope

Christmas brings joy

But Christmas is about

Our baby boy.

For he is our Saviour

In uncertain times

The son of God

Born in a manger.

HSJP 2007


This film is a good version of The Christmas Carol story.

There are several different versions, but I still rate the 1951 version as the best, even though it does make several changes to the story.


How lovely to see someone acknowledging the true meaning of Christmas and how strange it should be you given that many of your comments on this website have been less than Godly throughout the year.

David Jones

A few wrong location descriptions there - number 5 is Fish Street (the church seen is St Julian's and not Old St Chad's), number 6 shows what was the Old Plough on The Square (the Ask restaurant is to the right of the photographer, on the other side of High Street) and number 7 is The Crescent on Town Walls. I'm not even sure if number 4 does show the Music Hall car park!

Oh well!!

Chris P Bacon

Christmas, or "Winterval" to give it its new PC-friendly title, is nothing more than a cynical attempt to get more money out of your pocket and into the bank accounts of the already rich.

Don't fall for it!

neil aus

THANK YOU shropshire star. ex shrewsbury man here, now living in Australia, pictures of town in winter a seen looks wonderfull . Now i have a christmas feeling. you don't have same feeling in 34 deg heat thanks again.AND MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU ALL.........

tristram ffertyl

Thankyou Mr. Peesbody for your lovely poem. I have put it on all my christmas cards and my daughter has painted it in red on our garage door.

Jennie Repath

I remember being an extra in Christmas Carol what great fun it was dressing up in a loveley blue costume dress and appearing in Attingham Park with a little boy being pulled around on a sledge by a pony and a carriage with loveley double grey horses courtesy of Katie Smallman from Brandon near Coventry such a small world because my first pony I saved up for came from her stables when I was aged 11 years,small world is it not,and what a great day with artifical snow and magic was in the air I still have the photos here.

pauline salveson

so lovely to see pic of shrewsbury, i remember when they filmed , i live in montana now USA, read shropshire star on line, MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU ALL


I have fond recollections of the film being shot around town. A good friend was a set designer on this; and so managed to get into a few interesting places behind the scenes. If memory serves, the production team left the gravestone of Ebenezer Scrooge behind in old St. Chads cemetery. Have taken many visitors there pointing out Scrooge was a real person (kind of). Thank you St Chads for being imaginative.