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Visit Midsomer in Henley

Henley-on-Thames, aka Causton, has appeared in numerous episodes of Midsomer Murders.  Fans of Detective Chief Inspector Barnaby will recognise many of the filming locations within the town including Gabriel Machin’s butcher shop, Tudor House Antiques and the Argyll Public House. Guided and self-guided walking tours are available. See Visit-Henley website. 

However, the interest does not finish there with their nearby villages offering many other locations to explore. Turville is the ultimate film village with the cottage next to the church being the main centre used in The Vicar of Dibley, with the church being named St Barnabus. The Windmill featured in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. More recently Turville was used in Killing Eve.

Stonor was used for a major sequence in the James Bond film The Living Daylights, starring Timothy Dalton, and again as Robbie Coltrane’s stately mansion in the film adaptation of Roald Dahl’s children’s classic Danny the Champion of the World, which starred Jeremy Irons. Other credits include The Young Visitors and A Duet for One, starring Julie Andrews. Stonor has also been presented in two episodes of the 2021 series of Antiques Roadshow, in the 2019 Disney/BBC production of A Christmas Carol starring Guy Pearce and Andy Serkis, Hornblower and Midsummer Murders to name but a few.

Hambleden is another iconic village used in films and is best known for the cluster of charming brick and flint cottages grouped around the old water pump, with the church and lych-gate flanking one side of the village square. Hambleden is in films Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, 101 Dalmatians, Sleepy Hollow, Into the Woods and the New Avengers, and in major TV productions Band of Brothers, A Village Affair, Poirot, Rosemary & Thyme, New Tricks and Down to Earth as well for promotions. Hambleden is the location of the book’s village, Titherton in the film Mothering Sunday just released starring Colin Firth and Olivier Colman.  Henley to Hambleden 10.9 km hike.

There are James Bond connections with Nettlebed and surroundings because of the Fleming family’s involvement beginning in 1903 when Robert Fleming, the Scottish banker, bought Joyce Grove.  Fleming’s grandson was the renowned travel writer Peter Fleming whose younger brother was the celebrated spy novelist, Ian Fleming, famous for his James Bond books. The winged fibreglass horse statue at Bromsden Farm is from a James Bond film. It was hit by a tank in Russia during the film.

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