Beckley and Stowood, Oxfordshire

With its 16th and 17th century cottages, thriving pub with its convivial coffee mornings, the ancient church gazing serenely over its parish, Beckley is a seemingly cosy, picture postcard image of rural England - one which is recognised across the globe. Who doesn’t dream of exchanging their stressful urban existence for a peaceful life in a charming English village? But hang on a minute - why are so many TV crime series set in rural idylls? Think Broadchurch. Or Agatha Christie’s St Mary Mead,

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