The Hertfordshire hospital that played an emotional role in a hit Marvel Studios film

It’s well known that Hertfordshire is one of the top places for film and tv productions thanks to our abundance of studios and diverse settings.

Our wonderful county is the home of Harry Potter as well as other hit films like Mission Impossible and shows like After Life and The Inbetweeners.

Over the last 15 years or so, Marvel films have quickly become loved by millions around the world – and some of them of course have been shot here in Herts.

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Back in 2019, the sequel Spider-ManL Far From Home was shot at Leavesden Studios but there was another hit Marvel shot in Herts even before this.

Fans of the 2014 movie Guardians of the Galaxy will remember the emotional scene where Peter Quill (played by Chris Pratt) watches on as his mother, Meredith (played by Laura Haddock) passes away from cancer, before swiftly being swept up to begin a new life in space.

The blockbuster features an ensemble cast – Zoe Saladaña, Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper all have roles in the movie.

So huge was Guardians of the Galaxy that it was the highest-grossing movie of summer 2014 at the box office, raking in $772.8 million at the box office worldwide.



Meredith (Laura Haddock) lies dying in this scene shot at Hemel Hempstead Hospital

Few fans, however, might know that the scene in the hospital was actually filmed right here in Hertfordshire, at Hemel Hempstead Hospital.

Originally built in 1877, the hospital expanded during World War One in order to take in wounded soldiers.

It was also one of the first hospitals to install X-Ray machines, in 1899.

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Significant expansion also occurred in 1926, when the Prince of Wales laid a new foundation stone for the Marnham Maternity Wing, which was completed in 1929.

The Queen Mother also opened a block in 1959.

The Jubilee Wing, where most urgent care and GP-led services are now housed, was built in 2002, and expanded in 2008 and again in 2009.

Sadly, the hospital has faced difficulties in providing care in recent times – particularly over the last decade as most of the site remains mothballed since the decision in 2006 to close its A&E unit, partly due to rising debt accrued by the West Hertfordshire Commission.

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