You could always count on Hammer's Dracula to come back, film after film, no matter how certain death appeared. I wish the same could be said for Bray Studios, most famous as the home of Hammer Films. The estate was built in 1750 (then called Down Place) and purchased by Hammer in 1951 and converted into a movie studio for use in their gothic horror films. Since then, the studio has been used by an amazing group of recording artists (Led Zeppelin, The Who, Elton John, and Radiohead to name a few -- the list includes almost all major acts from the 70s through the 90s) as well as major motion pictures.
Now, developers at the Pegasus Planning Group are being spurred on by the current owners of Bray to demolish the studio, and use the land to build seven new houses. Despite a grassroots effort, things are looking bleak. Supporters at savebraystudios.com would like to see Bray Studios converted into a film museum or gallery space, but they acknowledge that the new development already seems like a done deal.
Would you like to get involved? You can join the Save Bray Studio facebook group, follow them on twitter, or visit the official website to find out if there's a local way for you to object to Pegasus' plans.