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Exact location of 1978 “red dress” Wuthering Heights video revealed!

Some ingenious fans on our site forum have meticulously researched, using mapping software and guesswork, the exact location of Kate’s 1978 red dress video for Wuthering Heights! While the studio “white dress” version of the promotional video is more widely known, the red dress video has now become iconic AND the go-to template for choreographed re-enactments of Kate’s dance moves ever since – as seen in “Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever” reports on this site!

Initially thought to have been filmed in Surrey, or even Germany or Holland, the breakthrough came when a fan contacted the director of the clip, Nick Abson, who revealed: “It was the artillery range at Salisbury Plain. We couldn’t do better as we only had the morning due to filming “If it Ain’t Stiff it Ain’t Worth a F***.”, referring to an Elvis Costello video he was also shooting. Comparisons using Google Earth software convincingly confirmed a location which matched the hill seen in the distance behind Kate.

Google Earth Hill

The location is called “Baden’s Clump” near Sidbury Hill, close to the town of  Tidworth in Wiltshire. The exact latitude/longitude co-ordinates of where Kate is standing for most of the video is (51.2775278,-1.7398628)

Update & Warning: This location is on UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) lands, and despite being by a public road, there are signs in the area for the public to avoid touching anything (military debris) they see on the ground. See this page here, and watch this safety video. If in any doubt, contact the MOD for advice.


Red Dress video location

To prove it once and for all, two fans headed out to the area this week to get photographic proof!

Red Dress video location Red Dress video location

Special mention to Richard (photos) and Vron (model) who ventured out to report for fans! Read more at the forum thread here. Here’s the video:


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  1. Or somewhere by the Baltic

    I always thought it was by the Baltic sea in Poland.

  2. Pete Lambert

    This is amazing work! Is the exact date of the filming known?

    • KM

      According to the cameraman of the video (my dad), it was filmed the morning of 26th October, 1977, as they were on their way to film Elvis Costello and Ian Dury in Cardiff (If it ain’t Stiff gig) that night. They travelled down the night before with Kate and overnighted in Salisbury. Just sitting here with him watching all the red dress dance re-enactments having a laugh. He finds it rather amusing that a video they made in a field on the way to Cardiff 40 years ago has become so popular.

      • That’s a great image, you both watching all those red dresses, over 40 years later! We just hope no-one gets into any explosive dance moves what with it being a military training area and all! Thanks for the comment!

      • Richard

        Hi KM.
        Can we get any more information about the video from your dad?

  3. Ulrich Osterloh

    so interesting.. many thanks for the research! the song and the video never wear off

  4. Ads

    This is amazing. I recall first seeing this red dress video on either Tiswas or SwapShop on the saturday morning. Had to just stop what I was doing and watch, then spent the rest of the weekend listening out for it on the radio. Then monday morning at school everybody was talking about it. That kind of thing didn’t happen very often and nowadays not at all. Interesting it was supposed to be for US release but it’s the first one I remember.

    Anyway, this will be a long drive for me but I just have to go there.

  5. Weslley Francisco

    This is so cool! It’s nice to see how those trees are still there after forty years, and almost intact! 🙂
    I would have loved to be there during the making of that iconic clip

  6. Wayne

    I googled this as I recognised it as Salisbury Plain Training Area from my army days. The area was initially just a natural grass area, however trees were planted to represent Germany. The likely recent and next battlegrounds.

  7. Foxy

    This place definitely needs a blue plaque, and a visitor centre. It’s an iconic video from the early days of video. And one of my favourite songs. The opening piano keys. Love it!

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