A Winter Scandal

  • Cotswolds church
  • The Vicarage
  • Bridge
  • Abbey Ruins
  • St. Margaret graveyard
  • The Priory
  • Damaris' home
  • Cottage Bedroom
  • St. Dwynwen's chapel
  • Vicar's Vehicle
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At the heart of the Legends of St. Dwynwen series is the simple village church of St. Margaret’s. I saw a number of churches in English villages that were similar to the picture I had in my head of ‘my’ church, but when I saw this sturdy, plain, square-towered church in a Cotswold village, I knew I had found ‘St. Margaret’s.’



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I pictured the Vicarage where Thea and her brother lived as looking much like this lovely Cotswolds stone home.  I had always read Cotswolds stone described as golden or yellow – and it certainly is!  This house, being older, is more weathered and mellow, but in one or two areas you can see the brighter yellowish color of new stone.



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To reach the church from the vicarage and the village, my characters had to walk across a stone bridge.  This picturesque bridge in Chipping Camden is very like it, though a bit wider than the bridge to St. Margaret's.



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In A Winter Scandal, the village church lay at the edge of the ruins of an old abbey, and it was through these ruins that Thea went to Gabriel's house to confront him.  This photo is of the haunting ruins of Fountains Abbey, on which I based  'my' abbey.



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All the churches I visited in England had graves clustered all around them.  I could envision these graves beside St. Margaret's church.



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I chose this lovely home in the Cotswolds for Lord Morecombe's house.  Once the prior's house of the abbey, it was still referred to as The Priory by the locals.



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This is how I imagined Damaris' house in the village of Chesley.  Can't you just picture a Twelfth Night ball here?



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So much of the action in my books takes place in elegant and palatial homes, but in A Winter Scandal, we have a slightly different view of Regency life.  This historic recreation of a simple bedroom of the time reminds me of the cottage where Gabriel and Thea take refuge from the snowstorm.



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The tombs of the lord who built the church and his lady stand at the back of the side chapel featuring St. Dwynwen's statue.   The real ones are in the little church of St. Martin near Burton Agnes.  The knight is Sir Walter Griffith, who had the wonderful nickname of 'Dark Knight', and he fought in the War of the Roses. (And isn't it appropriate that he should have a name of Welsh origin, given the tie to St. Dwynwen?)



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At the beginning of A Winter Scandal, Thea and her brother arrive at a Christmas party in an open one-horse vehicle much like this one, called a trap or pony trap.  You can imagine why Thea wanted a cup of warming Negus after riding in this in December!



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