Hello fans of all things Morse. I had planned to leave all things Lewis until I had reviewed all the 33 episodes of Inspector Morse. However, after my posts on the pub locations in Morse episodes numerous people, (okay three), have asked me to write posts on the pub locations in the Lewis series. So, I decided that rather than just mention pub locations I would try and identify as many locations as possible used in each episode. So, I will attempt over the coming months to write a post on all the locations used in the Lewis series, episode by episode. Reviews of the Lewis series and all other info will still be written after the final Morse episode has been done and dusted. So, here is as many locations I could identify used in the pilot episode of Lewis or Inspector Lewis as it is known by those in the USA.
Above is Wadham College (Wadham College, Parks Rd, Oxford OX1 3PN) where Danny Griffon is a student and has rooms within the building. https://www.wadham.ox.ac.uk/
Next is the Pretorious Laing Institute which Danny Griffen and Regan Peverill both attend as volunteers.
Above is the entrance to the ‘Pretorious Laing Institute’ where we see Hathaway, Lewis and Laura Dobson above to enter.
The Pretorious Laing Institute building is actually part of Brunel Univeristy Kingston Lane, Uxbridge, Middlesex UB8 3PH. I couldn’t find the actual building used for the episode but here is a map of its location.
Danny Griffen and his estranged family live in the beautiful place which is in reality Gaddesden Place, Great Gaddesden, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire HP2 6EX, UK. http://gaddesdenplace.com/location.htm
Above: Danny Griffen driving up to the house.
Above: Lewis and Hathaway arriving at the house.
Lewis arrives back in the UK after a two year stint abroad. Here he is arriving at Heathrow Airport.
Lewis is wearing a shirt so loud you can barely hear the aircraft landing.
The first thing Lewis does when he arrives back in Oxford is visit the grave of his wife Val, sadly killed in a hit and run accident while shopping in London.
This scene was filmed at St Laurence Church, Church Rd, Cowley, Middlesex UB8 3NB. http://stlaurencecowley.org/
Above: the beautiful church of St. Laurence.
Above is the exterior shot of the building being used to allude to Police HQ. The building is in fact now used as ‘Ealing Services for Children with Additional Needs’ and is called Carmelita House. I did read that the building was at one time used by the Department of Social Security. Below is how it looks now.
The full address for the building is Carmelita House, 21-22 The Mall, London W5 2PJ.
In the clip above Hathaway and Lewis are parked in Catte Street. They walk down toward New College Lane and stop below Hertford Bridge, popularly known as the Bridge of Sighs. It’s a skyway joining two parts of Hertford College over New College Lane.
(Of course it should read ‘Hathaway stood here…’)
Lewis bumps into Kate Jekyll the head of the Pretorious Laing Institute. It was appartently filmed in a Sainsburys Supermarket in Watford.
Above is where we find Lewis’s abode, Ambleside Walk, Uxbridge UB8 1XE. A few of these houses/flats have been on the market recently for around the £200,000 mark.
After Danny Griffen’s aparrant suicide on a rowing boat Hathaway and Lewis visit where Danny Griffen a boat club where Danny was a member and had a locker.
The location used above is the College boat houses between Christ Church Meadow and the River Cherwell.
Hathaway and Lewis visit Ivor Denniston at his home. They appear just as Denniston’s wife who has Motor Neurone Disease is going to a day centre.
The above is I believe Woodville Gardens in Ealing. Below is what I believe is the actual house used in the episode. There are a few in the street that look similar but I think the one in the picture below is the correct one.
Next we have the building where Lewis goes to listen to Jessica perform in front of the committee that governs the Endeavour Award.
This building is on Oriel Square and Lewis parks his car adjacent to St Mary’s Church. Below is how it looks today.
After Jessica has finished applying for the Endeavour Award, she and Lewis take a walk past the Radcliffe Camera Building on their left. http://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/bodley/finding-resources/find-us/radcliffe_camera
As they walk further they pass Brasenose Lane on their right.
Next we have a scene where Hathaway and Lewis are discussing Kate Jekyll and Hathaway’s belief that she might be involved in the case somehow or at least had a romantic affair with Danny Griffen. The walk and talk takes place in Broad Strret, Oxford. They start at Morton’s Bakery and then stop outside Balliol College.
Tom Pollock’s car was stolen and left at what is supposed to be an Oxford railway Station but it is in fact Slough Railway Station car park.
We move on to the scene where Jessica decides to commit suicide at the same spot where Danny Griffen shot himself.
We find Lewis contemplating the case on Magdalene (pronounced ‘maudlin’) Bridge though he says later with all the traffic noise he could barely hear himself think. Kate Jekyll sees him and offers him, an iced lolly.
Both Lewis and Kate then take a walk in the Botanic Gardens. http://www.botanic-garden.ox.ac.uk/
After the case has been solved the detectives retire to one of Morse’s favourite pubs, The Trout Inn.
So, we have come to the end of my first post on the locations used in Lewis episodes. I hope you enjoyed the post and in some small way it has been helpful.