A fitting new home for the factory work bench in Les Miserables

A fitting new home for the factory work bench in Les Miserables

Anne Hathaway as the luckless seamstresses Fantine in Les Miserables (2012) confronts her fellow factory workers in a scene in Les Miserables which triggers her ultimate downfall.

Fantine les miserables factory
Fantine in the factory

The scene was shot at the Royal Naval Docks at Chatham, in a space where ropes were once made for vessels heading off to war against the French (including the ship that the British Royal Navy’s Admiral Nelson used to defeat Napoléon at the Battle of Trafalgar). The set was made from wood reclaimed from a barn, aged with chalk and wax and contains a number of work benches and seating.

Les Miserables factory scene. Photo ©Universal Pictures
Les Miserables factory scene (photo via The Telegraph)

A chance visit to a private house in Somerset last weekend led us to discover a couple of these very benches and seats from the film set amongst a number of chicken houses, plant pots and lolloping dogs. We’re loving their new home!


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