The former Methodist Church in West Bay (the “Chapel on the Beach”), which the Bridport Area Development Trust aims to convert into a visitor/interpretation centre, is featured in the ITV hit crime thriller “Broadchurch”, penned by local writer Chris Chibnall. Much of the action was filmed in and around West Bay, with spectacular shots of the coastline.
In episodes 4 and 5 of the TV serial, the Chapel appears as the home of the Broadchurch Sea Brigade and is the backdrop for an altercation between newsagent Jack Marshall (played by actor David Bradley) and an angry local mob who suspect him of the murder of the schoolboy Danny Latimer, shortly before Jack’s own body is found at the foot of the cliffs.
BADT Treasurer Vince O’Farrell took photographs of the filming in the autumn of 2012.
As previously reported, the BADT is hoping to open the Chapel as a Visitor Centre in 2014, with a trial opening later this summer.