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Friday September 21st 2018

Went The Day Well? | 1942

Went The Day Well location: Turville, Buckinghamshire
Went The Day Well location: the village of ‘Bramley End’: Turville, Buckinghamshire

During WWII, a small English village is taken over by German fifth columnists, in this excellent, low key propaganda piece, from a Graham Greene story, which still packs a punch.

Went The Day Well location: The Bakehouse, Turville, Buckinghamshire
Went The Day Well location: Oliver Wilsford’s cottage in ‘Bramley End’: The Old Bakehouse, Turville, Buckinghamshire

The fictitious village of 'Bramley End' is Turville, off the B482 about five miles west of High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire.

Went The Day Well location: The Schoolhouse, Turville, Buckinghamshire
Went The Day Well location: the policeman’s cottage in ‘Bramley End’: The Old Schoolhouse, Turville, Buckinghamshire

The village church is St Mary the Virgin, which was also the scene of the haunted wedding episode in the classic 1945 British chiller Dead of Night (and was also ‘St Barnabas’ in TV sitcom The Vicar of Dibley)

Went The Day Well location: Church of St Mary the Virgin, Turville, Buckinghamshire
Went The Day Well location: the village church: St Mary the Virgin, Turville, Buckinghamshire

Pretty much unchanged to this day, the village is also seen in 2009’s Oscar-nominated An Education, and is overlooked by the windmill from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.