Houses in Turville, with Cobstone Windmill in the background
Turville shown within Buckinghamshire
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Turville is a village and civil parish within Wycombe district in Buckinghamshire, England. It is located in the Chiltern Hills, about five miles west of High Wycombe and five miles north of Henley-on-Thames. As Henley-on-Thames is Turville's Post Town, the village is postally in Oxfordshire. The village name is Anglo Saxon in origin, and means 'dry field'. It was recorded in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle in 796 as Thyrefeld.
The manor of Turville once belonged to the abbey at St Albans, but was seized by the Crown in the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1547. The manor house has since been rebuilt as Turville Park, a fine stately home in the village. The present incumbent of the manor is Lord Sainsbury. Lord Sainsbury is the former Chairman of J Sainsbury plc and current Chancellor of the University of Cambridge. He is noted for his philanthropy, founding the Gatsby Charitable Foundation in 1967 and the Sainsbury Management Fellowship scheme in 1987. In 2009 he became the first Briton to donate more than £1 billion to charities.
Turville was home to Ellen Sadler, who fell asleep in 1871, aged eleven, and purportedly did not wake for nine years, becoming known as "The Sleeping Girl of Turvile". The case attracted international attention from newspapers, medical professionals and the public. Rumours persist in the region that Sadler was visited by royalty for a "laying on of hands".
The local pub is The Bull & Butcher.
Location for filming
The village was the principal location of the popular sitcom, The Vicar of Dibley. Whilst many of the scenes were performed live in the BBC Television Centre in front of a live studio audience, the scenes shot outdoors were filmed in Turville. In the series the church of St Mary the Virgin was renamed "St Barnabus" (sic).
The 1942 Ealing Studios film Went the Day Well? in which German paratroopers invade a small English village, was filmed in Turville, as were many of the scenes from the 1963 comedy film Father Came Too!. Additionally many of the outdoor scenes of television show Goodnight Mr Tom was filmed in Turville, as were the dream scene in Bride and Prejudice. Scenes have also been shot in the village for Midsomer Murders, Lewis, Marple, the 2008 Christmas special of Jonathan Creek, the British drama An Education, and the 2009 BBC adaptation of The Day Of The Triffids. Cobstone Windmill in the neighbouring parish of Ibstone, used in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, overlooks the village of Turville.
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- Map sources for Turville
- Neighbourhood Statistics 2001 Census
- Barham, Tony (1973). Witchcraft in the Thames Valley. Spurbooks. pp. 20–27. ISBN 9780902875371.
- Staff (November 6, 2009). "Our very own 'Sleeping Beauty'". Bucks Free Press (Gannett Company).
- The Bull and Butcher website