Some are far from happy about filming
WORK has begun to take part of Sherborne back into the 1880s.
Scenes from a new adaptation of Thomas Hardy's Far from the Madding Crowd, starring Carey Mulligan and Michael Sheen, will be filmed in the town over four days from Sunday.
Over the next few days, crews will transform Sherborne Abbey Close into the town square of Hardy's fictional Casterbridge.
The close will have stalls, horses and carts, and a boxing ring to make it resemble a thriving Victorian town square.
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As well as Abbey Close, filming will take place in Sherborne School, Sherborne Castle, inside Sherborne Abbey, and in Castleton Church.
More than 100 extras, dressed in period costume, will be in Sherborne for the film shoot.
People in the town will be stopped in their tracks on occasions as the filming takes place.
Occasional road closures are planned on Abbey Road and Hospital Lane, and on Half Moon Street from Digby Road to South Street, and on Castleton Road.
There will also be intermittent "stop and go" traffic management along Trendle Street and Digby Road and also on South Street and Long Street.
In a letter to residents Damon Crane, assistant location manager for the production said that these traffic management measures were necessary to "ensure no modern elements creep in" during filming.
He added: "We feel very privileged to have the opportunity to interpret this historic Dorset story in your town."
But the move has not been welcomed by everyone in the town. The manager of the town's Sue Ryder charity shop on Church Lane has warned that work to transform their shop front back to the 19th century will deter people from dropping off donations.
Shop manager Kim Macinnes said: "For the public there won't be obvious signs that we are open. We normally have an A-board and our fascia sign, and of course a window display but this will be covered up or moved."
Ms Macinnes said that shop donations were already at a low. She said: "We normally have a man and a van who drives around and collects donations from houses and drops the donation bags off.
"Unfortunately he's had an accident so we're without that, and he's a few weeks off coming back.
"If we then lose people's donations because they don't come in then that could be catastrophic for us.
"The public are lovely and are sure to respond when we need donations but if they think they can't get to us then they will go elsewhere. We rely on more than 100 sacks of donations a week, which can surprise people."