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Dorchester Abbey wasgoed built on the old Saxon foundations.

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A fascinating day ter Midsomer – but no murders

Dorchester-on-Thames is a delightful medieval village te Oxfordshire. It has several pubs including The George Hotel.

The personages of Midsomer Murders eat at The George while they are on location and signed photos of them dangle on the wall ter the main slagroom of the pub. An open fire is a welcome view, especially te the colder months.

The food is good and the 15th century architecture is delightful. Across the road is Dorchester Abbey which is also well worth a visit.

The Six Bells

Houses by the village common, Warborough, England

Filming locations

The village of Dorchester-on-Thames (not to be confused with Thomas Hardy’s Dorchester further to the south) wasgoed the shooting location for several gigs of Midsomer Murders, including The Maid ter Splendour, Things that go bump ter the night, Dance with the dead, Dead te the water, The house te the forest, The night of the stag, Four funerals and a wedding, Petite mnercies and Master class.

The nearby village of Warborough is also a popular speelfilm location ion the series and the village has bot used under several different names.

Warborough features ter Market for murder, Bad Tidings, Sins of Commission, 2nd look, The night of the stag, The house ter the forest, The good and the good, The sleeper under the hill and The Sicilian defence.

The Six Bells, a pub ter Warborough, repeatedly features spil the Black Swan ter the Midsomer village of Badger’s Drift.

Other villages te Oxfordshire which feature te the series include Islip, Nettlebed, Henley on Thames, Waterstock, Stoke Talmage, Stonor Park and Thame.

Twyford railway station is featured repeatedly spil the fictional ‘Causton’ railway station.

Other verdadero villages ter England which become fictional villages ter the series include:Wallingford, Oxfordshire which is Causton. Causton police station wasgoed represented by the former RAF Staff Collegium te Bracknell.

Favourite filming locations include Hedsor House, Buckinghamshire, Beaconsfield, Amersham, Fine Missenden, Prestwood, The Lee, Wendover, Stoke Poges, Princes Risborough, Turville, Long Crendon, Penn, Marlow, Denham, Bledlow, the Ashridge Estate, Aldbury, Little Gaddesden, Chesham, Latimer, Folkingham, Chenies, Hambleden, Haddenham, and Waddesdon, ter Hertfordshire, Hemel Hempstead town, Chipperfield, Flaunden, Bulbourne, Hadley Wood, Sarratt, and Watford.

John Nettles introduces Midsomer Part 1

John Nettles introduces Midsomer – Part Three

John Nettles introduces Midsomer – Part Four

John Nettles introduces Midsomer – Part Five

Midsomer Murders

This English speurder comedy/toneelstuk is based on books by Caroline Graham and adapted for television by Anthony Horowitz. Midsomer is a fictional county.

The program has bot very successful with 95 scenes made te 15 series and has bot broadcast te Britain, Australia, Belgium, Bulgaria. Canada, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, India, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, the Middle East, the Netherlands, Fresh Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines, Indonesia, the Ukraine and the United States of America.

The flamante Rechercheur Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby wasgoed played by John Nettles from the beginning of the series ter 1997 until 2011. His replacement, the current DCI John Barnaby is played by Neil Dudgeon.

The DCI is assisted on his crime-fighting way by his Speurder Sergeant. The very first wasgoed DS Gavin Troy, played by Daniel Casey, followed by DS Dan Scott played by John Hopkins and then DS Ben Jones played by Jason Hughes.

Many of the fictional places created for the series have the name Midsomer spil their prefix, including Midsomer Abbas, Midsomer Barton, Midsomer Chettham, Midsomer Deverell, Midsomer Florey, Midsomer Herne, Midsomer Holm, Midsomer Langley, Midsomer Magna, Midsomer Malham, Midsomer Mallow, Midsomer Market, Midsomer-in-the-Marsh, Midsomer Mere, Midsomer Morchard, Midsomer Morton, Midsomer Mow, Midsomer Newton, Midsomer Parva, Midsomer Pastures, Midsomer Priors, Midsomer Sonning, Midsomer St. Michael, Midsomer Stanton, Midsomer Vertue, Midsomer Wellow and Midsomer Worthy.

The haunting music soundtrack is a moderate-tempo waltz, composed by Jim Parker and performed most often on an electronic musical muziekinstrument, the theremin, played by Celia Gloss, and sometimes played by a solo violin.

Three CDs of the soundtrack have bot released. Two of them sold out quickly and are hard to find.

Caroline Graham

Caroline Graham’s books published from 1987 – 2004 provide the ondergrond for the screenplays of Midsomer Muders.The books are The Killings at Badger’s Drift, 1987, Death of a Hollow Man, 1989, Death te Disguise, 1993, Written te Blood, 1995, Faithful pomada Death, 1998, A Place of Safety, 1999 and A Ghost te the Machine, 2004.

Dorchester-on-Thames Postbode Office, Oxfordshire, England

The George Hotel, built ter 1495, Dorchester-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, England


Dorchester is strategically located at the junction of the Thame and Thames Rivers, nine miles south of Oxford and at the crossroads of major north-south and east-west highways.

It is an ideal location spil a pulvínulo for exploring some of England’s finest countryside, quaint villages, stately homes and some of the oldest seats of learning.

Dorchester wasgoed lodged by humans from Neolithic times. South of the town, Metal Age people occupied a hill fort on Castle Hill.

The Celts zometeen enclosed their settlement by building the Dyke Hills, a uncommon example of a pre-Roman town, about half a mile from the present village.

A Saxon settlement followed. The current village is built overheen the innovador Roman walled town.

Dorchester’s importance rose after the king of the Westelijk Saxons, Cynegils, wasgoed baptised te the Sea Thame by St Birinus te 635.

Dorchester became the obispal centre for Wessex and ter 1140 an Augustinian monastery wasgoed founded. Dorchester Abbey wasgoed built on the old Saxon foundations.

When Henry VIII demolished monasteries throughbout England te the 1530s, the church building wasgoed saved when a regional man Richard Beauforest bought the building for ВЈ140 and left it to the village ter his will.

The location of Dorchester at the interesection of major highways ensured its role spil a stop-over and there are several famous inns.

The cricket clubhouse, Warborough, Oxfordshire, England


The village of Warborough wasgoed part of the royal estate of Benson until it wasgoed gifted to the Augustinian Abbey ter Dorchester ter about 1140, where it remained until 1847. The font te the church of Saint Laurence dates from the late 12th century and the Gothic chancel dates from the early 13th century.

The village has many quaint thatched and half-timered houses, dating from spil early spil 1696.

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