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Houses in Turville, with Cobstone Windmill in the background
Turville is located in Buckinghamshire
Location within Buckinghamshire
Population340 (2011 Census)[1]
OS grid referenceSU765915
Civil parish
  • Turville
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtRG9
Dialling code01491
PoliceThames Valley
AmbulanceSouth Central
UK Parliament
List of places
51°36′49″N 0°53′36″W / 51.6137°N 0.8932°W / 51.6137; -0.8932Coordinates: 51°36′49″N 0°53′36″W / 51.6137°N 0.8932°W / 51.6137; -0.8932

Turville is a village and civil parish in Buckinghamshire, England. It is in the Chiltern Hills, 5 miles (8.0 km) west of High Wycombe, 6 miles (9.7 km) east-southeast of Watlington, 7 miles (11 km) north of Henley-on-Thames and 2 miles (3 km) from the Oxfordshire border. The 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, and was held by the Hoare Nairne family for most of the 20th Century. The present incumbent of the manor is Lord Sainsbury. 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 Turville". 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".[2][3] The local pub is the Bull and Butcher.[4] Turville Hill is a Site of Special Scientific Importance, and it includes Cobstone Windmill.

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Location for filming[edit]

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!. The whole of " The Large Rope" - a 1953 B-movie starring Donald Houston, was filmed in the village. Additionally many of the outdoor scenes of television show Goodnight Mr Tom were filmed in Turville, as was the dream scene in Bride and Prejudice, and a brief scene from I Capture the Castle.

Scenes have also been shot in the village for Midsomer Murders, Lewis, Marple, Foyle's War, the 2008 Christmas special of Jonathan Creek, the British drama An Education and the 2009 BBC adaptation of The Day Of The Triffids. In June 2012, filming for the live-action Disney film Maleficent took place just outside the village. [5]Cobstone Windmill in the neighbouring parish of Ibstone, used in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, overlooks the village of Turville.

The village was the location for outdoor scenes in the sitcom The Vicar of Dibley. In the series, the church of St Mary the Virgin was renamed "St Barnabus" (sic).

A few scenes from Little Britain were filmed in the village.

The music video for the song "Apparition" by Stealing Sheep was shot in the village.[6]

The fourth episode of the first series of Killing Eve was shot in the village, with an armed ambush and car chase shot in the village centre and on the surrounding country roads.


  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 25 November 2016.
  2. ^ Barham, Tony (1973). Witchcraft in the Thames Valley. Spurbooks. pp. 20–27. ISBN 9780902875371.
  3. ^ Staff (6 November 2009). "Our very own 'Sleeping Beauty'". Bucks Free Press. Gannett Company.
  4. ^ The Bull and Butcher website
  5. ^ Ramsdale, Suzannah (21 June 2012). "First pics of Angelina Jolie filming Maleficent in Buckinghamshire". Marie Claire. Retrieved 11 February 2021.
  6. ^ "Let mysterious Morris dancers take you elsewhere in this bizarre music video". Boing Boing. Retrieved 20 October 2015.

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