The Hampshire Locations in Death at Crookham Hall
The Iris Woodmore Mysteries are set in north east Hampshire, where I live, and inspired by real-life events in 1920s Britain.
Below, I take you on a brief tour of some of the Hampshire locations featured in Death at Crookham Hall.
Above is a photo of the Four Seasons Hotel, a restored Georgian manor house in Dogmersfield Park, Hampshire. It was once called Dogmersfield House.
On one side of the bridge is the poverty and squalor of the shacks that have sprung up on the grounds of the Moffats' farmhouse. On the other side of the bridge is the wealth and grandeur of the Crookham estate.
The bridge provides the link between these two worlds. Rather than the stylised world of the flapper girl, I wanted to explore the social inequalities of the time.
Iris's hometown of Walden is based on the town of Fleet in Hampshire, which once included the parishes of Church Crookham, Crookham Village and Dogmersfield.
Iris works for The Walden Herald, and the newspaper's offices and Laffaye Printworks are situated on Queens Road (actually Kings Road off Fleet Road).
Iris's boss, Elijah Whittle, lives in a cottage on Church Road, and Labour MP Donald Anstey has a house further up the road passed the church.
Fleet Pond, Hampshire
Fleet Pond is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and home to a diverse range of species thanks to its varied habitats. Fleet Pond Nature Reserve encompasses heathland, marshland, woodland, reedbeds, and, of course, the lake.
I believe the above photograph was taken at the Kenilworth Viewpoint at Fleet Pond. The date of the photo is unknown, but the lady's clothing would suggest the 1920s.
Above is the jetty at the Hemelite Bay corner of Fleet Pond, close to Fleet railway station. This is the jetty where Iris first sees Donald Anstey and watches while he throws sweet violets into the water.
Join me on a brief video tour of some of the locations featured in Death at Crookham Hall.
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