"Midsummer in Midsomer"


Report on the Friday afternoon location visit - a teaser...

Following lunch at our base hotel, The Peacock, our coach arrived to take us to the historic town of Dorchester-on-Thames. Known by the Romans as Dorcil, the town became the ecclesiastical centre of Wessex, and subsequently the seat of Anglo Saxon Bishops with the formation of a medieval abbey church.

During the 17th and 18th centuries it was an important stage coach stop on the London to Oxford Road boasting ten inns of which The George and The White Hart remain today, together with numerous period buildings.

These combined with its picturesque setting on the confluence of the river Thame (pronounced Tame) and the Thames (known locally as the Isis) makes it an ideal setting for filming Midsomer Murders, it has therefore been used for the setting in many episodes.
The group enjoyed an excellent guided tour of the abbey church followed by a walk of the film locations used in episodes such as Things That Go Bump in the Night, Dance with the Dead, The Maid in Splendour, House in the Woods, Dead in the Water, Four Funerals and a Wedding, and Small Mercies.

Some were private dwellings that we could only see from the outside but there were some that we could venture into such as the village hall (which was in the process of having a set built on stage for their next amateur production) and the George where we saw two rooms that had been used for filming. Returning to the Abbey Church we were treated to an excellent afternoon tea with home made cakes in the delightful tea room which is run by volunteers, leaving time for a visit to the local museum (itself a location) housed in the old school house directly beneath the tea room.

The coach arrived to pick us up just as it started to rain, so we were pleased to settle in for the drive through Midsomer back to the hotel.

Sally & David...
The Society is proud to have been able to donate £1250 to our charity, the Thames Valley Air Ambulance- which was topped up by a matched funding donation by the Lloyds Foundation by a further £500 to a grand total of £1750.
The 2010 convention guests outside the base hotel  - The Peacock, Henton - in front of the Society banner!

Photos & report : © Sabine Schreiner