Ring out your dead

St. Leonard's, Watlington
St. Leonard’s, Watlington

A return to Watlington, the smallest town in England and the filming location of many of more memorable scenes featured in Midsomer Murder. St Leonard’s starred in “Ring out your Dead” with Inspector Barnaby called in to investigate the killing of bell ringers in the week before a big bell-ringing competition.

Red Kite above Watlington town centre
In many episodes of Midsomer Murder the distinctive calls of Red Kites can be heard. The success of the re-introduction has been incredible with over 1000 birds thought to be resident within the Chilterns.
Red Kite from White Mark Hill
Red Kite soaring high over Watlington from White Mark Hill.
Watlington Library, the location for the fictitious Causton Library
Watlington Library, the location for the fictitious Causton Library that starred in Orchis Fatalis.

This is the episode where victim, Madeleine Villiers, and her botanist lover smuggle a rare orchid into Midsomer Malham in time for the Annual Flower Show.

Red Kite , Watlington Town Centre
Red Kite , Watlington Town Centre
Red Kite , Watlington Town Centre
Superb birds
Red Kite
With a minimum of 30 Red Kites soaring over Watlington Town centre from mid-morning onwards they really are impressive. Watching the kites swooping down on discarded food a visit to Watlington is probably the nearest 21st century equivalent to the kites of medieval London keeping the streets clear of carrion and rotting food.

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