The Fame Game

How This Coun­try turned North­leach into Selfie Cen­tral

Cotswold Life - - INSIDE - PHO­TOS: An­drew Hig­gins

‘‘How about this for an idea!” Mike Lowe, my ed­i­tor says. “Go and visit the lo­ca­tions used in This Coun­try and see if any­body’s there tak­ing self­ies.” My one rule is never to scoff at my ed­i­tor. “There’s not go­ing to be any­one in North­leach tak­ing This Coun­try self­ies!”

I scoff (mean­ing I lit­er­ally now have no

rules). “North­leach is about cream teas and the Church of St Peter and St Paul, where the old­est sur­viv­ing part is the chan­cel, though much mod­i­fied, of which the walls, the steeply pitched roof and the sac­risty door­way all date from the 14th cen­tury!”

“The bus shel­ter, the pub, the garage on the A429, the lock-ups on the Farm­ing­ton Road, and Fair­ford Bowls Club,” Mike says.

So I tut, get in my car and head out on the Fosse, think­ing: I’ll glance at a cou­ple of bus shel­ters, see if I can spot Lau­rence Llewe­lyn-bowen, then have a cream tea.

While I’m wait­ing for An­drew, the pho­tog­ra­pher – who also fan­cies a cream tea – to pitch up, I wan­der up to the Church of St Peter and St Paul, where the old­est sur­viv­ing part is the chan­cel, though much mod­i­fied, of which the walls, the steeply pitched roof and the sac­risty door­way all date from the 14th cen­tury.

A wel­com­ing of­fi­cial-greeter hands me an in­for­ma­tion card, ex­plain­ing that the font is carved with an­gels play­ing mu­si­cal in­stru­ments.

“Do you have any ques­tions?” he asks. “Yes,” I re­ply. “Do you like This Coun­try?”

“Not much,” he says. “You’ll no­tice, in­ter­est­ingly, that the roof wasn’t made for this church – it doesn’t fit; it was bought off the me­dieval equiv­a­lent of ebay.”

I wan­der off to look at the re­mains of

The crew checks their film­ing equip­ment out­side a house in North­leach used as a lo­ca­tion.

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