filmed at one iconic location from Kapitein Zeppos, the
Onze - Lieve - Vrouw - Lombeek windmill, the producers of Kurrel & Co.
picked another which had not been used before but which felt
absolutely right for a Kapitein Zeppos sequel: Castle Ter
Heyde at Vladslo. The castle, built upon a raised motte in sizeable
park and forest land near the Boverkerke border, can be dated back
with certainty to 1450, although there are some suggestions that it
already existed in 1419.
The land upon which the castle was built was the
property from the early 11th Century until the mid-15th Century of
the Lords of Eine de Heerlijkheid, who owned much of Vladslo. The
earliest recorded owner of the castle was Laurentia van Eessene,
Lady van Ter Heyden in 1450, who bequeathed the property to her son,
Robrecht, from her marriage to Jan II van Rokeghem.
Writings found in the "lending book" of the "lending
court" in Middelberg, Flanders, which date from 1479 are among the
earliest known references to the castle. According to the entry,
Castle Ter Heyde was currently in the possession of Robrecht
Rokeghem, who had by then married Isabella Van De Gracht. At this
time, two farm properties, also owned by van Rokeghem, were situated
near the castle. Robrecht van Rokeghem died on April 8th, 1494, and
Ter Heyde passed to his daughter, Josine. Ter Heyde subsequently
went through a succession of owners through marriages and sale.
Much needed renovation work to the castle and lower
court took place in the early 17th Century, and the engraving of Ter
Heyde in Antonious Sanderus’ Flandria Illustrata dates from
this period. In 1842, the castle and grounds came into the
possession of the family Crombrugghe de Picquendaele, and the estate
remained in this family for over a century and a half, until it was
sold to Janel plc of Roeselare in 2000.
For Kurrel & Co., Castle Ter Heyde doubled as
the residence of Mr. van Parijs (Bert Struys) and his grandson,
Tomas (Arne Focketyn). The short film opens with an establishing
shot of the castle at night, followed by scenes inside the building
and in the castle grounds, which lead up to the kidnapping of van
Parijs and the theft of the painting. Later in the film, Ben Kurrel
(Steph Baeyens) and Jeroen (Mathias Sercu) visit the castle to
interview the butler, Corneel (Sjarel Branckaerts) and Thérèse, the
housekeeper (Marijke Pinoy).