Locations are presented in the order they first appeared in this episode. Where markedly different shots of one location are scattered throughout the narrative, or are linked in the narrative (i.e. roads leading to a specific destination) we have grouped them together here for the sake of tidiness. Timings given are based on UK DVDs with 'PAL speed up'.


"Country Roads to De Crecy's"

(1A)
SWANLAND ROAD
WATER END
HERTS

Identified in 2004 by:
Claire and Michael Saunders and Cindy

In the episode: (00m00s) Arthur de Crecy drives Anne Fenwick towards his country cottage in his Peugeot 404.

(43m16s) De Crecy drives Jeff Randall to the cottage having promised to let him see Anne.

THEN...

...NOW

Status: Altered

Access: Public

(1B)
UNKNOWN ROAD
(BP 683)

(00m06s) De Crecy drives Anne to his country cottage (optically printed background).

Note: While the location is currently unknown, the World Backgrounds sequence it was sourced from has been identified as BP 683.

View BP 683 at YouTube
 
Also appeared in:
Randall and Hopkirk Deceased
- 'The Trouble with Women'

THEN...

...NOW

Status: Not Located

Access: Public

(1C)
GRIM'S DYKE HOTEL DRIVEWAY
off OLD REDDING
HARROW WEALD
MIDDLESEX HA3

Identified by:
Anthony McKay and Vince Cox

(00m09s) De Crecy drives Anne to his country cottage (optically printed background).

 
Also appeared in:
Randall and Hopkirk Deceased
- 'You Can Always Find A Fall Guy'

THEN...

NOW...

(00m09s) De Crecy drives Anne to his country cottage (optically printed background).

 

THEN...

THEN...

Status: Recognisable

Access: Public

(1D)
WAR MEMORIAL
TOLLGATE ROAD
NORTH MYMMS
HERTFORDSHIRE AL9

Identified by:
Anthony McKay

(43m26s) De Crecy drives Jeff to his country cottage, passing a war memorial on the way.

Since filming: The layout of the road has been changed and also the war memorial itself has been re-sited and placed upon a larger, square paved base.
 
Also appeared in:
The Avengers
- 'Never, Never Say Die'

THEN...

...NOW

Status: Altered

Access: Public



"De Crecy's Country Cottage"

'EWHURST MANOR'
37 FURZEHILL ROAD
BOREHAMWOOD
HERTS WD6

Identified by:
Alan Hayes, March 2012

In the episode: (00m15s) De Crecy drives his car down the drive and pulls up outside his country cottage. De Crecy unpacks suitcases from the boot and enters the house with Anne Fenwick.

(43m30s) De Crecy, driving his Peugeot 404, arrives at the cottage with Jeff Randall.

Further Details about this property:
But What A Sweet Little Room -
The Hunt for De Crecy's

 

Also appeared in:
Gideon's Way
- 'Boy With Gun'
The Baron - 'Portrait of Louisa'
The Champions - 'The Final Countdown'

THEN...

...NOW

Status: Demolished in 1970

Access: Public (Houses Private)



"De Crecy's Garden"

ELSTREE STUDIOS BACKLOT
SHENLEY ROAD
BOREHAMWOOD
HERTFORDSHIRE WD6

(UNCONFIRMED)

In the episode: (03m01s) De Crecy is seen by Julia Fenwick from the windowed back door of the 'sweet little room'. He is digging a grave.

(44m40s) De Crecy digs another grave, for Jeff, who is trapped in the room.

Since filming: The Elstree backlot area is significantly changed since the 1960s, not least due to the construction of a Tesco's superstore on 12 acres of former Elstree Studios land and there remains little that is recognisable.

The remaining backlot land is reportedly poisoned with asbestos due to careless waste dumping by previous owners, and as such, while we don't recommend visits to private sites, this is one where we suggest it would not only be illegal, but also foolhardy.
 

Also appeared in:
Used extensively in Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) and other ITC programming.

THEN...

...NOW

Status: Altered

Access: Private



"London at Night"

PICCADILLY CIRCUS
MAYFAIR
LONDON W1

In the episode: (04m12s) Establishing shot of Piccadilly Circus at night (stock footage).
 

Also appeared in:
Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) -
'Whoever Heard of a Ghost Dying?', 'Just for the Record', 'The Ghost Who Saved the Bank at Monte Carlo'

Also used extensively in other ITC series

THEN...

...NOW

Status: Recognisable

Access: Public

(04m16s) The camera pans with the passing taxi and looks down towards Leicester Square.

 

THEN...

...NOW

Status: Recognisable

Access: Public



"Jeff's Office"

SPRINGFIELD ROAD
HARROW
MIDDLESEX HA1

Identified by:
Andy Hulse

In the episode: (05m31s) Julia Fenwick pulls up in her Triumph Herald 1200 convertible outside the Randall and Hopkirk office.

(33m51s) Elliot pulls up outside Woodley & Son's Shoe Repairs and he and Rawlings observe Jeff leave the Vauxhall and enter the Randall and Hopkirk offices.

(34m10s) Rawlings peruses the list of offices situated at the property and then goes to the public telephone nearby.

Since filming: The Randall and Hopkirk offices are long gone, demolished to make way for a new development. The grass verge seen in the early 1990s photograph represents the approximate point at which the offices stood. This too has also now gone and Jeff and Marty's offices are now under concrete, following the building in 1996 of a new shopping centre.
 

Also appeared in:
Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased)
- 'My Late Lamented Friend and Partner', 'For the Girl Who Has Everything', 'The Trouble with Women', 'Whoever Heard of a Ghost Dying', 'When the Spirit Moves You', 'Never Trust a Ghost' and others

THEN...

...EARLY 1990s...

Status: Demolished

Access: None

...NOW

Status: Demolished

Access: None



"Anne Fenwick's Residence"

EDGE GROVE SCHOOL
ALDENHAM
HERTS

Identified by:
Anthony McKay and Annette Hill

In the episode: (07m22s) At night, Jeff Randall pulls up outside in his Vauxhall Victor 2000.
 

Also appeared in:
The Saint
- 'The Elusive Ellshaw'
The Avengers - 'Two's A Crowd',
'What the Butler Saw', 'The See-Through Man'
and 'You'll Catch Your Death'

 

THEN...

...NOW

Status: Recognisable

Access: Private

In the episode: (07m30s) Julia Fenwick gets out of the passenger seat of Jeff's car. Andrews the caretaker appears with a rifle in the foreground.

THEN...

 

...NOW

Status: Recognisable

Access: Private



"Madame Hanska's House"

'THE TOWER'
55 FITZJOHN'S AVENUE
HAMPSTEAD
LONDON NW3

Identified by:
Vince Cox and John Holburn

In the episode: (09m30s) Jeff Randall arrives at Madame Hanska's house. There is a plaque on the gatepost which reads 'Madame Hanska - Spiritual Scientologist and Clairvoyant'.

(17m36s) Establishing shot of house.

(19m39s) Jeff waits for Jeannie in the Vauxhall outside Madame Hanska's.

THEN...

...NOW

Status: Recognisable

Access: Public (House Private)



"Dropping Off Julia Fenwick"

GORE STREET
BROMPTON
LONDON SW7

Identified by:
RAHDAS members

In the episode: (12m28s) Jeff Randall drives into the road where Julia Fenwick lives, parks the Vauxhall Victor and lets her out after their meal out.
 

Also appeared in:
The Saint
- 'The Rough Diamonds' and
'The Smart Detective'

 

THEN...

...NOW

Status: Recognisable

Access: Public

In the episode: (12m55s) Jeff's car departs after dropping Julia off.

THEN...

 

...NOW

Status: Recognisable

Access: Public

In the episode: (23m44s) At night, Elliot drives from 'The Copper Kettle', en route to his apartment.

THEN...

 

...NOW

Status: Recognisable

Access: Public



"Julia Fenwick's Street"

PETERSHAM PLACE
BROMPTON
LONDON SW7

Identified by:
RAHDAS members

In the episode: (12m59s) Julia Fenwick walks under the Archway and into the street. The camera pans and we see the right headlamp of Rawlings' stationary Morris Minor.

THEN...

...NOW

Status: Recognisable

Access: Public

In the episode: (13m02s) Rawlings, who has been sitting in wait for Julia Fenwick's return home, starts up his Morris Minor 1000 when he spots her. As she walks down the road to her apartment, Rawlings deliberately knocks her down.

THEN...

 

...NOW

Status: Recognisable

Access: Public

In the episode: (13m17s) After knocking Julia down, the Morris Minor careers towards some bins, boxes and sacking.

THEN...

 

...NOW

Status: Recognisable

Access: Public

In the episode: (13m25s) The car having crashed, Rawlings, moves the drunken salesman beside him into the driver's seat, leaves the car and flees.

THEN...

 

...NOW

Status: Recognisable

Access: Public



"Springbank House"
(Arthur de Crecy's Apartment)

CRANMER COURT
WHITEHEAD'S GROVE
KENSINGTON
LONDON SW3

Identified by:
'Gypsy' @ Britmovie Forum, 2008

In the episode: (29m33s) Jeannie Hopkirk, posing as Mrs Ramsey, a wealthy widow, visits Arthur de Crecy.

THEN...

...NOW

Status: Recognisable

Access: Public



"Outside Jeannie's Apartment"

LAUDERDALE ROAD
PADDINGTON
LONDON W9

Identified by:
Sam Denham

In the episode: (33m38s) Jeff drops Jeannie off outside her apartment. Unbeknownst to them both, they are being observed by Elliot and Rawlings from a nearby parked car.

 

Also appeared in:
Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased)
-
used extensively throughout the series
Department S
- 'Death on Reflection'

THEN...

...NOW

Status: Recognisable

Access: Public



"The Embankment"

LAMBETH PALACE ROAD
LAMBETH
LONDON SE1

Identified by:
Mike Richardson

In the episode: (34m22s) Driving the Vauxhall Victor, Jeff joins Lambeth Palace Road from Lambeth Bridge.
 

Also appeared in:
Man in a Suitcase
- 'The Bridge'

THEN...

...NOW

Status: Recognisable

Access: Public

In the episode: (34m32s) Almost immediately, Jeff pulls over into a free parking space.

THEN...

 

...NOW

Status: Recognisable

Access: Public

In the episode: (34m45s) After a short chat in the car, Jeannie leaves for her meeting with Arthur de Crecy. Note that Jeff is parked on a yellow line, the cheeky feller!

THEN...

 

...NOW

Status: Altered

Access: Public

In the episode: (34m48s) After dropping Jeannie off, Jeff leaves the car and walks across the green towards the river path.

THEN...

 

...NOW

Status: Recognisable

Access: Public

In the episode: (35m07s) At the river wall, Jeff takes in the impressive scene as he waits for Jeannie to return from her meeting with de Crecy.

THEN...

 

...NOW

Status: Recognisable

Access: Public

In the episode: (35m53s) Jeff goes back to the car when he hears the sound of an accident. A black van has backed into the Vauxhall Victor while parking. Jeff goes to investigate and is ambushed and abducted by Elliot and Rawlings. The van drives off to the east.

THEN...

 

...NOW

Status: Recognisable

Access: Public

 


"The Football Match"

WEMBLEY STADIUM
WEMBLEY
LONDON HA9

Identified by:
Claire and Michael Saunders and Cindy

In the episode: (36m20s) A major football match is in progress at Wembley Stadium.

Since Filming: Wembley Stadium has been demolished and rebuilt completely. Even the famous Twin Towers have gone. How could they???

Note: This sequence utilised stock footage and was sourced from two matches, both staged at Wembley Stadium, North West London. These were the 1963 FA Cup Final between Leicester City and Manchester United, and the 1966 World Cup Final between England and West Germany.

Further details: Programmes - But What A Sweet Little Room

THEN...

...2000...

Status: Demolished in 2002

Access: Public

 

...NOW



"Outside the Football Stadium"

OCCUPATION ROAD
WATFORD
HERTFORDSHIRE WD18

Identified by:
Claire and Michael Saunders and Cindy

In the episode: (36m31s) The black van in which Jeff is being held prisoner arrives in a perimeter road outside a football stadium, where a match is taking place.

THEN...

Since filming: Occupation Road, on the perimeter of Watford Football Club's Vicarage Road Stadium, is much the same as it was in 1968. However, Watford FC's east end turnstiles and exits have been rebuilt.

...NOW

Status: Recognisable

Access: Public

In the episode: (36m36s) Inside the van, Rawlings proceeds to give Jeff a real going over while he is held by Elliot. He is warned that no-one will hear his cries, not while the game is going on.

THEN...

 

...NOW

Status: Recognisable

Access: Public

   

Certain information reprinted with permission from the excellent A Guide to Avengerland website.
Our grateful thanks to Anthony McKay for his kind co-operation and many years work in location hunting.

We are also indebted to the researches of Vanessa Bergman and members of RAHDAS,
the former Randall and Hopkirk Appreciation Society.

Section compiled by: John Holburn, Anthony McKay, Alan Hayes and Vince Cox
Modern photos:
Vince Cox and John Holburn
Wembley Stadium 2000 photo:
Claire Saunders
'Also appeared in' and certain location information:
Anthony McKay

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