Knights to return to Steep Hill after Peterloo filming

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Uphill Lincoln knights will be returned to their usual locations after Oscar-nominated director Mike Leigh and crews conducted filming in Lincoln for his latest film, Peterloo.

Production teams took over the city’s Cathedral Quarter on Thursday, July 6 to shoot scenes set back in 1819, when 15 people died and hundreds were injured in the Peterloo Massacre.

Steep Hill was also turned into a film set. Business’ shop signs and the city’s visiting knight sculptures were removed to strip the cobbled hill of its modern additions.

The film will feature more than 100 actors, including Maxine Peake – the British stage and screen star whose credits include The Theory of Everything, Silk and the BBC series Three Girls.

Director Mike Leigh, 74, has been nominated for seven Oscars throughout his career and directed Secrets and Lies, Mr Turner and Another Year.

Gainsborough Old Hall was also used as a location by the film’s production crew this week.

Peterloo is expected to be Leigh’s biggest budget film and the production crews have also been casting for extras in the local area.

Peterloo is expected for release in cinemas in 2018.