Market Basing is a town in Berkshire not far from St. Mary Mead and a recurrent location in the Christie stories and occurs in the universes of Miss Marple, Hercule Poirot, Superintendent Battle and Tommy and Tuppence.

Location of Market Basing[edit | edit source]

Market Basing is thought to be based on the town of Basingstoke (this is in Hampshire and not Berkshire but is in the same general region). However the researcher John Curran in Agatha Christie's Secret Notebooks: Fifty Years of Mysteries in the Making notes that Market Basing might be based on the town of Wallingford. Agatha Christie bought Winterbrook House in Wallingford in 1934 and lived there until her death in 1976. In her notes on her general plan for the novel, she writes that Poirot decides to go to Market Basing. There is then the mention of "The Lamb" - an actual coaching inn in Wallingford, now an antiques centre.[1][2][3]

Market Basing in the Christie stories[edit | edit source]

Houses in Market Basing[edit | edit source]

The Market Basing Mystery

  • Leigh House

Dumb Witness

Businesses in Market Basing[edit | edit source]

Dumb Witness

  • The George
  • Gabler and Stretcher - house agents
  • Antique shop
  • Clinic of Dr Grainger and his partners (probably also Grainger's house)
  • Post office - managed by Mrs Lamphrey
  • Mr Jones the grocer
  • Rogers the butcher
  • A greengrocer

By the Pricking of My Thumbs

Townspeople[edit | edit source]

The Market Basing Mystery

Dumb Witness

The Secret of Chimneys

References[edit | edit source]

  1. John Curran, Agatha Christie's Secret Notebooks: Fifty Years of Mysteries in the Making (London: HarperCollins, 2011), Part II.
  2. The Lamb Arcade, Wallingford
  3. The Lamb, Wallingford
  4. John Curran, Agatha Christie's Secret Notebooks: Fifty Years of Mysteries in the Making (London: HarperCollins, 2011), Part III.
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