The Fame Game
How This Country turned Northleach into Selfie Central
‘‘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.