Hastings East Sussex + Foyle’s War

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View Foyle's Country Hastings East Sussex © Lavender's Blue Stuart Blakley

“Welcome to Foyle’s Country!” declare the friendly locals. Their locale is Hastings’ answer to Bristol’s Clifton or Dublin’s Killiney. It’s a ravishingly unrepentant patchwork quilt of cottages and gardens and love knitted across the lower – and occasionally upper – gradients of the hills that bow down to England’s southeast coast. Interspersed with some rather grand Nash-sur-Mer terraces. “You have to photograph St Just!” they cry. “That’s Detective Chief Inspector Foyle’s house although the interiors were filmed elsewhere.” A ­­faded sign on the flank wall next to the rather smart three storey plus multi bowed Regency St Just (who knew an interwar policeman’s salary was so generous?) reads: ‘T Noalles. Plumber, Painter and Glazier. Writing, Graining and Gilding. Estimates Given.’ Mr Foyle’s accent is certainly more plummy than plumber.

Townhouses Foyle's Country Hastings East Sussex © Lavender's Blue Stuart Blakley

Cottage Foyle's Country Hastings East Sussex © Lavender's Blue Stuart Blakley

Croft Road Foyle's Country Hastings East Sussex © Lavender's Blue Stuart Blakley

Cottages Foyle's Country Hastings East Sussex © Lavender's Blue Stuart Blakley

Roofline Foyle's Country Hastings East Sussex © Lavender's Blue Stuart Blakley

Regency Terrace Foyle's Country Hastings East Sussex © Lavender's Blue Stuart Blakley

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Regency Townhouses Foyle's Country Hastings East Sussex © Lavender's Blue Stuart Blakley

Terrace Foyle's Country Hastings East Sussex © Lavender's Blue Stuart Blakley

St Just House Foyle's Country Hastings East Sussex © Lavender's Blue Stuart Blakley

St Just Hastings East Sussex © Lavender's Blue Stuart Blakley

St Clement's Church Foyle's Country Hastings East Sussex © Lavender's Blue Stuart Blakley

Dormer Foyle' Country Hastings East Sussex © Lavender's Blue Stuart Blakley

Bay Window Foyle's Country Hastings East Sussex © Lavender's Blue Stuart Blakley

Bay Foyle's Country Hastings East Sussex © Lavender's Blue Stuart Blakley

In Umbra Ecclesiae Hastings East Sussex © Lavender's Blue Stuart Blakley

The very sunny very atmospheric very colourful (check out the half red squirrel peeping out of a stone basket) very real set of Foyle’s War was a training ground for thespian soldiers with Edward Fox, James McAvoy, Tobias Menzies, Rosamond Pike, and, eh, Danny Dyer, working the trenches. With more country houses than a Burke’s Guide, lemon curd sandwiches by the dozen, ladies wearing lavender water, and as many twists and turns as Murder on the Venice Simplon-Orient Express, no wonder Foyle’s War was an instant television success. It’s all terribly tickety boo. A celebration of flotsam and jetsam narratives floating across topsy turvy townscapes and higgledy piggledy farmyards. Foyle’s War features some memorable wartime sayings too such as, “Up with the lark; to bed with the Wren.” Cue Chris de Burgh’s ‘Borderline’ playing…

Red Squirrel Foyle's Country Hastings East Sussex © Lavender's Blue Stuart Blakley

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2 Responses to Hastings East Sussex + Foyle’s War

  1. roryabu says:

    Your alternative world -no lockdown, no rain -is the usual tonic, ‘for which relief much thanks'(W. Shakespeare).’In umbra ecclesiae’:’In the shade of the church’.

  2. Certainly no L word, and no cars or people cluttering the streets. Good to get the Latin translation – great name for a cottage.

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