In the last episode of series 8, Father Brown is reunited with an old friend in the form of Chief Inspector Valentine. They work together to try to uncover a dark secret at Helmsley House.
A body is discovered at the foot of Helmsley Tower, in the grounds of the home of an MP. Chief Inspector Valentine is sent from Scotland Yard to Kembleford to investigate the crime. Suspecting that there is more to his death than suicide, Valentine enlists Father Brown to help his inquiries, as the death suggests a link to a similar murder committed eight years previously and the original suspect charged and found guilty. The final episode (10) of series 8.
Broadway Tower, Beacon Hill & Nuclear Bunker
Where is Helmsley Tower in Father Brown?
The 'Helmsley Tower' is actually Broadway Tower and overlooks the pretty village of Broadway in Worcestershire. The tower itself has a fascinating history as well as an astonishing geographical viewpoint.
Construction of 'Saxon Tower'
The tower is known as a "Folly" and only took a number of years to construct, and was completed in 1799. The design and construction were overseen by two huge figures in architectural design and landscape architecture. Possibly the greatest landscape architect, Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown and revered English architect James Wyatt.
The height of the completed building isn't too impressive at a height of 65 feet, but overall it's 1024 feet (312 metres) above sea level and is the second-highest point in the entire Cotswolds area. Cleeve Hill, of course, being the highest point and overlooking Cheltenham Racecourse
Finest Views in England?
On a clear crisp day you may have an unrivalled view and be able to survey of up to a 62 mile radius and as many as 16 English and Welsh Counties:
What Counties Can You See From Broadway Tower?
- West Midlands
It is also 'possible' to see the following Welsh counties:
William Morris Exhibitions, a Regular Visitor
A regular exhibition on the second floor of the tower hosts works by the famous Victorian arts and crafts hero William Morris. A frequent visitor with his family. Folklore has it that he was so inspired by Broadway Tower and other ancient buildings and architecture he decided to found the "Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings" to protect for future generations.
Nuclear Bunker, Ancient & Modern
From the sublime to the ridiculous in architecture terms. Due to the aerial position of Middle Hill and the advent of the “Cold War” sometime in the late 1950s, it was decided it would be an ideal base to monitor nuclear fallout in England and an underground concrete 'Bunker'. The nuclear bunker was built only 50 yards from the Tower. Decommissioned in 1991, the bunker is now a tourist attraction in its own right and a bunker tour can be booked online.