HOME > NEWS & COMMENT
Welcome to G7uk.com
 

 
 
Thursday 4 November 2010

Street View sightseeing: Miss Marple’s House (BBC 1980s series)

Miss Marple lives in the fictional village of St. Mary Mead. The house used as a location in the 1980s BBC series is on Five Bells Lane in Nether Wallop, Hampshire.

The shop in A Pocketful of Rye

Was the building next to Miss Marple’s house a shop at the time of filming or ever a shop? Perhaps it was all a bit of clever set-dressing by the BBC? Today it’s a house, but retains the old bread sign on the wall which can be seen in A Pocketful of Rye which was screened in 1985.

Miss Marple's house and the shop

In that story, the shopkeeper tells Miss Marple (Joan Hickson) about the murder of Rex Fortescue and later is seen delivering a newspaper which has further details about the case.

However, looking at the first story in the series — The Body In the Library (1984) — I see the bread sign isn’t there. Also at one point there’s a brief glimpse of a grassed area opposite Miss Marple’s house, which now is occupied by a more modern building.

I would guess that was built in the 1980s when they were still making the series and probably to the dismay of the BBC which needed an English village of the late 1940s. In later episodes the director employs some deft camera manoeuvres to avoid ever showing the opposite side of the street.

For example, in A Pocketful of Rye, as Miss Marple leaves her house and walks towards the shop, she seems to step over something. At first I couldn’t figure out what. Then I realised the camera is in that spot at the beginning of the shot, so she is stepping over the metal camera track.

The first shot in The Body In the Library includes an ivy-covered market cross in the foreground. The camera tracks and cranes up from the front of a bus, revealing Miss Marple’s home in the background. The cross was another prop courtesy of the BBC scenery department…


View Larger Map

Returning to A Pocketful of Rye, in real life the market place is some distance away and doesn’t have the covered feature with seats.

Village market place, A Pocketful of Rye

But the church-like building that appears as an infants school is further up the street that Miss Marple walks along.

School, A Pocketful of Rye

School, A Pocketful of Rye

The film-makers shot the scene with a telephoto lens, while the Street View photos are a wide-angle view, so it looks quite different.


View Larger Map

Like everywhere these days the place is blighted by vehicles. Then again, Miss Marple is a stylised version of country life that probably never existed. I won’t say ‘sanitised’ because there are an extraordinary number of murders!

Silvio Narizzano, who directed this episode, was the director of the classic 1960s British film ‘Georgy Girl’.

Will there ever be a better Miss Marple than Joan Hickson? I doubt it.


Filed under: Fun,TV & film — GS @ 1:53 pm

14 Comments »

  1. I have done some research into this as well and came to the same conclusions.Also the covered feature with seats that appears on the programmes,is not just up the road from Miss Marples house as it appears in Body in the library,when Constable Palk is talking to Malcolm on the bridge.
    Does anybody know the location of the hall that was used to portray Gossington hall in the 1984 adaptation ?

    Comment by Dave Lloyd
    Friday 6 January 2012 @ 4:17 pm

  2.  
  3. Gossington Hall from the 1984 adoptation is Wherwell Priory near Winchester.

    Comment by Elly
    Wednesday 8 February 2012 @ 9:25 am

  4.  
  5. GOSTARIA DE RECEBER INFORMAÇÕES SOBRE AS LOCALIZAÇÕES DE TODAS AS CASAS QUE APARECEM NA SÉRIE MISS MARPLE COM JOAN HICKSON. PARABÉNS PELA INICIATIVA DO SITE, DANDO-NOS A POSSIBILIDADE DE VIAJARMOS PELO TEMPO NAS RUAS DA MARY MEAD!

    AGUARDO NOTÍCIAS!

    WOULD YOU LIKE TO RECEIVE INFORMATION ON THE LOCATION OF ALL THE HOUSES THAT APPEAR IN SERIES WITH Joan Hickson Miss Marple. CONGRATULATIONS BY THE INITIATIVE OF THE SITE, THE GIVING OF THE POSSIBILITY traveling IN THE STREETS OF TIME BY MARY MEAD!

    WAIT NEWS!

    Comment by FERNANDES
    Friday 23 March 2012 @ 9:20 pm

  6.  
  7. The same locations were used in Miss Marple’s “A Body in the Library” (1984). In that film, “Gossington Hall” (the home of Colonel Arthur Bantry and his wife, Dolly) was actually Wherwell Priory, southeast of Andover in Hampshire.

    Comment by Christopher
    Wednesday 25 April 2012 @ 1:02 am

  8.  
  9. Does anybody know the location of the beautiful house featured in ‘Sleeping Murder’ – A Miss Marple mystery. The house has a lovely garden and overlooks the sea. Would love to know where this house is. Looks like it could be the West Country.

    Elaine Payne

    Comment by Elaine Payne
    Wednesday 3 October 2012 @ 12:08 pm

  10.  
  11. Would anyone know the location used for the Majestic Hotel in Bournemouth during the filming of ‘The Body in the Library’ please? The inside reminded me of the De Vere Royal Bath hotel, but the outside shot looks more like the Marriott Hich Cliffs hotel.

    Comment by Mark
    Sunday 14 October 2012 @ 9:06 pm

  12.  
  13. It is the Highcliff hotel at Bournemouth,prior to the Marriot chain taking it over and giving it a full refurb.

    Comment by Dave Lloyd
    Thursday 27 December 2012 @ 4:39 pm

  14.  
  15. La casa que se ve en Sleeping Murder es “Watch Hill” Budleigh Salterton, Devon, UK

    Comment by Zarely
    Saturday 31 August 2013 @ 10:19 pm

  16.  
  17. Does anyone know if the back and backyard of Miss Marple’s House shown in Nemesis and other of the Series was a different Building as the front. The front is brick and the back looks to be wood…a dark wood?

    Comment by Marilyn
    Wednesday 4 December 2013 @ 5:02 am

  18.  
  19. Hi there, thanks for this info. Check out my website for my collection of filming locations of Miss Marple. See http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Film_locations_of_Miss_Marple

    Comment by Judith
    Tuesday 12 August 2014 @ 5:27 pm

  20.  
  21. http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-37227644.html Miss Marple’s house in Nether Wallop

    Comment by Sheila Lawson
    Wednesday 27 August 2014 @ 9:38 pm

  22.  
  23. The shop now a house was definitely a shop at the time of filming

    Comment by Andy
    Sunday 13 March 2016 @ 10:17 pm

  24.  
  25. g7uk.com

    I’ve found a photo of the shop in 1955 here

    Comment by GS
    Wednesday 30 March 2016 @ 1:03 pm

  26.  
  27. Does anybody know the actual hotel location that was used for Joan Hickson’s Miss Marple: At Bertram’s Hotel. I know it was inspired by Browns Hotel and/or Flemings Hotel but it does not appear to have been filmed there. The entrance of these 2 hotels on the internet does not match the entrance of the hotel in the movie.

    Thank you in advance for any information.

    Comment by William Chavez
    Thursday 14 April 2016 @ 5:34 am

  28.  

RSS feed for comments on this post. TrackBack URI

Leave a comment

*

 
< PREVIOUS  |  NEXT >
 
 
News & Comment


 
< PREVIOUS  |  NEXT >
 
 
 

Audio Buildings Bygone Manc Computing consumer Crime Documentary Environment Food & cookery Fun g7uktalk Gay General Health History LGBT Manchester Net & technology Personal Photography Politics Production Rushes Science Shopping software Strange The media TV & film Video-making Wildlife With video

 
xx
HOME > NEWS & COMMENT
 
Home
 

© Copyright g7uk.com 1999-2016