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Flaxborough is a fictitious town in Lincolnshire, created by author and local journalist Colin Watson as the background for a series of detective novels (The Flaxborough Chronicles) featuring Detective Inspector Walter Purbright and a cast of similar comic characters.

Flaxborough cannot be precisely identified with any real town from the texts. It was a Borough, with a borough police force and Chief Constable,[1][2] a yacht club, and docks.[3] It is often identified with Boston. But it also had a Cathedral,[2] suggesting identification with Lincoln itself - although Lincoln, or rather Lincoln Jail, is explicitly mentioned too.[4] The descriptions of the townscape, and in particular Lucilla Teatime's antiques business or charity offices, most closely resemble Louth.[5][6]

In the BBC television adaptation Murder Most English, most locations were filmed in Spalding.[7]


  1. ^ Watson, Colin (1962). Hopjoy was here. 
  2. ^ a b Watson, Colin (1960). Bump in the Night. 
  3. ^ Watson, Colin (1958). Coffin, Scarcely Used. 
  4. ^ Watson, Colin (1975). Naked Nuns. 
  5. ^ Watson, Colin (1968). Charity Ends at Home. 
  6. ^ Watson, colin (1982). Whatever's Been Going on at Mumblesby. 
  7. ^ Coward, Simon; Down, Richard; Perry, Christopher. The BBC Television Drama Research Guide 1936-2006. 3. Kaleidoscope.