Turville is a village in Buckinghamshire, England. It is in the Chiltern Hills, five miles west of High Wycombe and five miles north of Henley-on-Thames. The name is Anglo-Saxon in origin and means ‘dry field’. It was recorded in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle in 796 as Thyrefeld.
The manor of Turville once belonged to the abbey at St Albans, but was seized by the Crown in the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1547. Themanor house has since been rebuilt as Turville Park. The present incumbent of the manor is Lord Sainsbury.
Turville was home to Ellen Sadler, who fell asleep in 1871, aged eleven, and purportedly did not wake for nine years, becoming known as “The Sleeping Girl of Turvile”. The case attracted international attention from newspapers, medical professionals and the public. Rumours persist in the region that Sadler was visited by royalty for a “laying on of hands“.
The local pub is the Bull and Butcher.
- Geoffrey de Turville(died 1250), Lord Chancellor of Ireland
- Charles François Dumouriez(1739-1823), French royalist general
- Ellen Sadler(1859-1901), tourist attraction
- Lord Sainsbury of Turville(born 1940), businessman, politician, and philanthropist
Location for filming
The village was the location for outdoor scenes in the sitcom The Vicar of Dibley. In the series, the church of St Mary the Virgin was renamed “St Barnabus” (sic).
The 1942 Ealing Studios film Went the Day Well?, in which German paratroopers invade a small English village, was filmed in Turville, as were many of the scenes from the 1963 comedy film Father Came Too!. Additionally many of the outdoor scenes of television show Goodnight Mr Tom were filmed in Turville, as was the dream scene in Bride and Prejudice.
Scenes have also been shot in the village for Midsomer Murders, Lewis, Marple, the 2008 Christmas special of Jonathan Creek, the British drama An Education and the 2009 BBC adaptation of The Day Of The Triffids. Cobstone Windmill in the neighbouring parish of Ibstone, used in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, overlooks the village of Turville.