The Unlocated and Unidentified Pubs from Inspector Morse.


Hello Mateys, I hope you are all well. So, after the success of having two of my blog readers identify two pubs that I was unable to I decided to look at how many were left unidentified. The number of unlocated and unidentified pubs stands at 13. Though I write thirteen it is probably less than that. For example in the episode The Last Enemy it is obvious from the two clips in the video below that it is the same pub. But, I decided that since there are thirteen scenes with pubs unlocated in the Morse series I would keep that number.

The scenes are as below with the scene times following;

Service of all the Dead (2 pubs) 1h 1m 53s & 1h 30m 50s

The Wolvercote Tongue (1 pubs) 1h 13m 25s

Last Seen Wearing (1 pub) 31m 51s

Last Bus to Woodstock (2 pubs) 54m 57s & 1h 19m 11s

Ghost in the Machine (1 pub) 42m 32s

The Last Enemy (2 pubs) 35m 46s & 1h 38m 34s

The Secret of Bay 5b (1 pub) 53m 1s

Deadly Slumber (1 pub) 48 m 23s

Death is now my Neighbour (1 pub) 1h 37m 44s

So detectives get your thinking caps on and watch the video below and help me identify those pubs. Be aware that there will be spoilers in the video.

Author: Chris Sullivan

Up until a few years ago I was my mum's full time carer. She died in, 2020, of Covid. At the moment I am attempting to write a novel.

9 thoughts

  1. I am a Canadian fan so identifying the pubs I cannot do but I would like to say thank you for allowing me to join your group, have a lovely day

  2. Hi Chris, having watched your video, I can confirm, yes, it’s the Rose and Crown in Rickmansworth not only in ‘Ghost in the machine’ but also in The Last Enemy (outside in the Beer Garden). Well worth a visit!

  3. Think I’ve Identified some: “Service of all the dead”: 1h 1m 55s and 1h 30m 52s ;”The Wolvercote Tongue”: 32m 13s and “Last Bus to Woodstock” 54m 57s and 1h 19m 11s are all The Crown at Bray.
    Its the Beams on and above the bar. That gave the two barrels behind the bar which was quite rare in the late Eighties. I Also noticed the Mirror behind the Bar in the “Service of all the dead” is the same as in the Opening shot of “The Sins of the Fathers” so must be a prop to cover the window.

    I read on IMDB that some of the first series was shot at Bray Studios. The Crown would be the “local”.

    1. Hi Neil. Thank you for the information. I will look into this and then update my posts with the new info.

    2. Thank you so much for the info Neil. I have updated the relevant posts with the new info.

  4. Chris , and again the screen grab at the top of the page looks very much like the interior of The Long and Short Arm Lemsford . By previous mention of it is a definite as you can see the High Street . And when I can remember the episode I’ll let you know ..
    Have you got in touch with the production company regards some of your research ? I have done similar regards Locations for Lovejoy , often filmed in Hertfordshire not Suffolk !

  5. Chris, “The Secret of Bay 5b” the outside shots of the “unknown” pub where Morse leaves with Lewis and Mrs Henderson in the dark could easily be The Greenwood Hotel, Northolt. It certainly looks like it could be that one, although it is dark, obviously. I lived opposite at that time and certainly remember some night-time filming going on. An episode of Minder used the same pub a couple or so years later.

    1. Hi Brian. Since writing the review I have since found out that the interior shots of the pub were the The Carpenter’s Arms, Hinksey, Oxford. I can only assume that the exterior is of the same pub. I had a look at the exterior pub scenes and it doesn’t look like The Greenwood Hotel I’m afraid.

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