Foyle’s War: Bookends to My England Trip

Hastings-Foyle's HouseRecognize this house? If you’re a fan of  Foyle’s War, you probably will.

I spent most of September in England—and it turned out that the program found its way into the beginning and the end of my trip.

I began my trip in St. Leonard’s on Sea, right next to Hastings on the south coast. Hastings, of course, is famous for the battle in 1066, William of Normandy, etc. Plenty of history to explore.

Hastings-View from West HillSo what is the first thing I did? Try to find Detective Chief Superintendent Foyle’s house, of course. No Michael Kitchen sightings, but I think I found the house!

I also recognized some of the scenery from the show, such as the West Hill, shown here (on the right)—which provides a beautiful view of the town and coastline. Hastings is a lovely town—best explored by foot. (Some of the streets are quite narrow, which makes driving a challenge.) Also, it’s small enough to walk around easily.

Shakespeare's Globe

That Foyle’s War connection was planned, but my final association, on my last full day in England, came as a surprise, at Shakespeare’s Globe in London, where I saw a performance of Julius Caesar. I found myself watching Cassius… and watching. I knew him from somewhere! I finally gave up and looked in the program (or programme): It was Anthony Howell, who plays Sergeant Paul Milner on Foyle’s War! His beard threw me off.

Nice bookends to my trip. Now, if we can just get them to make a few more seasons of Foyle’s War…

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