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  • Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970)

    Can anybody here please identify the graveyard location, set in Scotland, where Holmes and Watson are hiding and witness the midgets?
    My friend is sure that it has to be in Bucks somewhere.

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    Hi Stephen

    Do you have any images available?

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        Tony

        Nice screengrabs, but the director has shot it all in close-up and with narrow angles and does not give us a descent full shot of the church.

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          Reel Streets suggests "an hour outside London"

          From this article:

          http://movies2.nytimes.com/books/98/...der-naked.html

          The graves and grass (other than the large red marble memorial) near the church look like 'dressing.'

          British Newspaper Archive informs us that permission to film in Scottish graveyard was not given.

          It may be near Harrow? Headstone Road, Harrow was used for some filming.
          Last edited by Anthony McKay; 27 July 2020, 09:57 PM.

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          • #6
            Discovering Church Architecture as Monty Python used as a book title once...
            Found a few candidates, but I don't think it is one of these:
            Church of St Andrew (Oxfordshire)
            St marys streatley
            St Margaret of Antioch, Iver Heath
            Church of St Mary, Long Wittenham, Oxfordshire

            But the style...these were built in 1860's
            St Margaret's celebrated 150 years on March 12th. 2012. The church was consecrated on March 12th. 1862 by Samuel Wilberforce, Bishop of Oxford.

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              Last edited by Anthony McKay; 22 July 2020, 10:46 AM.

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              • #8
                The red marble monument and the cross on the far left of the composite picture look real, but I'm not believing those angel figures, are you?

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by StoneAgeMan View Post
                  The red marble monument and the cross on the far left of the composite picture look real, but I'm not believing those angel figures, are you?
                  Agreed - one of those angels seems to move between shots.

                  Initially I thought the red marble/granite monument was off-set from the body of the church, but may be in line with the window and be further from the church than it looks on screen. Likewise the graves are being dug further from the church than it looks.

                  I've heard from a members of the production staff that the church was "near Pinewood" and "Stoke Poges" - this combined with "Bucks somewhere" should make it easy to find - but after spending hours over the last few days I'm wondering why can't I find it!

                  Even the experts I've contacted have drawn a blank - they suggest somewhere in the Chilterns based on the flintwork.

                  Is there something about the inability to find it some form of meta- clue?
                  Last edited by Anthony McKay; 22 July 2020, 08:45 PM.

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                    Here is my guess at the shape of the church.

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                    Given that churches and graves are usually on an East-West orientation with the graves facing east - we are at the eastern end of the church with the path through the churchyard approaching from the south.
                    Last edited by Anthony McKay; 24 July 2020, 12:40 AM.

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                    • #11
                      Thanks a lot so far for all your amazing efforts to solve this.....very impressive!

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                      • #12
                        This is a rare image which may give some indication as to just how many - if any - of the tombstones in this scene are genuine.

                        I'm inclined to think that only the yew trees and the path in this shot are real - if there is so much masonry near the path - why can't we see the same density in the rest of the churchyard.

                        https://c8.alamy.com/comp/K376AB/K376A9.jpg


                        Last edited by Anthony McKay; 24 July 2020, 05:49 AM.

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                          Close up of the house by the gate.

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                            What it thought was a white gate is more gravestones.

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                              So I'm thinking we are looking for a church this big.

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                                Where is this Church as its the correct one thats in the Film
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