Address; Mill Street, London SE1
Jacob Street Studios, originally London’s largest film studio complex, on a 3.25 acre riverside site, was created out of a former Spillers’ dog biscuit factory in 1984.
The producer of a music video for the J. Geils Band used it as a location and suggested there would be a demand for such a facility. What started as a temporary ‘meanwhile use’ was so successful that it continued for the next eleven years, until 1994, often fully booked for months at a time.
By the time of it’s closure it had seven stages, including two soundstages.
The studio was demolished, and is now a large residential community with landscaped gardens called ‘Providence Square’.
“Jacob Street Studios have already established a reputation as one of the most popular film studios in the UK”
- 1905: Spillers’ Dog Biscuit Factory opened in Jacob Street. (Company founded in 1829) [ref]
The site was formerly known as Jacob’s Island, and was featured in Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist, as the location where Bill Sikes dies.
- 1982?: The disused factory is used on a music video shoot for the J Geils Band (TBC)
- 1983 – Uveco Wharf ceased operation.
- 1984: The factory is converted into a fully-featured film studio
- 1987: Heidelberg Dance Theatre performance at the studio
- December 1987: Midnight Court performance event at the studio
- 7 June 1988: The ‘biggest of the film studios at Jacob Street Studios’ is the venue for the Docklands Ball
- 11 October – 9 November 1991: Pomeroy Purdy Gallery at Jacob Street Studios presented Manga exhibition.
- 1992: Studio used for a performance of an operatic version of Lorca’s Blood Wedding. Converted into a 500 seat auditorium with a 22.6m wide stage.
- May 1995: Pretenders gig at the studio was broadcast on TV
- 1995: The studio is demolished, except for the mid-19th century front block of the stave yard. [ref]
- 1996-1997: Providence Square – blocks A, B & C built on the site, following extensive archaeological surveys.
- 2013: The 1929 Dockhead Fire Station is demolished and rebuilt to modern standards.
TV Studio History
From BFI Film & Television Handbook, 1991
Jacob Street Studios
9-19 Mill Street, London SE1 2DA
Productions shot at Jacob Street Studios
Feature Film (7)
|Different for Girls||1996||Richard Spence|
|The Cement Garden||1993||Andrew Birkin|
|The Young Americans||1993||Danny Cannon|
|The Krays||1990||Peter Medak|
|Biggles - Adventures in Time||1986||John Hough|
|The interior of the Croft and the New York loft of Russell Nash were shot at Jacob Street Studios.|
|Give My Regards to Broad Street||1984||Peter Webb|
|Sequence possibly shot at Jacob Street Studios before it became a formal studio location.|
TV Series (3)
|Title||Released||Creator / Showrunner||IMDB|
|The Diamond Brothers: South by South-East||1991||Anthony Horowitz|
|The Paradise Club||1989-1990||Murray Smith|
|The fire station featured as Blackwall Fire Station from 1988 - 2002 is on Wolseley Street in London, and is called Dockhead Fire Station. Jacob Street Studios were just opposite the fire station, and housed a replica of the fire station Mess (production designer Colin Monk). Later seasons used a different fire station, when Jacob Street Studios were closed for redevelopment.|
TV Movie (1)
|The Comic Strip Presents: The Strike||1988||Peter Richardson|