Midsomer's History

  • Painted in Blood & Debt of Lies – Midsomer’s Bank Heists

    Important notice: No relevant spoilers for 23×02. The article only contains open view spoilers for 06×03 Painted In Blood! All spoilers for 23×02, Debt of Lies are hidden and will only become visible when you deliberately click on the button!
    If you haven’t seen Debt of Lies yet, you can read this article without relevant spoilers for the murder investigation. All the information given here relates to the year, the amount of stolen money and the location of the bank and of the hideout.


    Two episodes of Midsomer Murders focus on fictional robberies in Midsomer County. Rugged Edge in “Painted in Blood” (06×03) and the Goldman Forbes heist in “Debt of Lies” (23×02). Both took place in the 1990s, in 1993 and 1998 respectively.

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    A List of Public History in Midsomer

    Midsomer County is a county steeped in tradition and nostalgia. There are plenty of historians and other residents who care about history, and there’s also public history. This area of historical studies includes everything that conveys history. They occupy a hybrid position between history and memory, which is ideal for Midsomer Murders. There are monuments, museums, re-enactment and traditions in general.

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    Local historians & Co. in Midsomer Murders

    How are local historians, antiquarians, etc. portrayed and what is their purpose? How are they involved?

    It’s a simple question to answer: They are either the answer to a question (sometimes even the decisive answer to solving a case), or they are charlatans (and sometimes the murderer with very unsavoury opinions).


    It also seems that local historians are often presented as the true guardians of knowledge, even if they haven’t studied. This is particularly evident in “Silent Land” (13×04) with the Kent couple. While she is a local historian and provides valuable insights into the history of St Fidelis, her husband is depicted as a character who is overly concerned about the situation. He sits in the pub all day, gets violent out of jealousy, but is an expert on the Tudor Constitution – unfortunately this knowledge is of no use to him. Quite unlike his wife.

    This page lists all historians, antiquarians, archivists, archaeologists, restorers and museum staff.

  • Henry Hogson, landscape artist from Midsomer

    Henry Hogson & Co. in Midsomer Murders

    Midsomer Murders mentions a number of historical figures from Midsomer County, of whom Henry Hogson is probably the most searched for. We take a closer look at some of them here.

    Note: As this post is about Midsomer history, I won’t be mentioning any recent Midsomer celebrities such as top model Lizzy Thornfield, F1 champion Duncan Palmer, horror film actress Stella Harris or folk musician Johnny Carver. However, another feature is planned which will feature some of them. As soon as it is online, it will be linked here.

    Spoiler warning for episodes: 03×04: Beyond the Grave, 06×04: A Tale of Two Hamlets, 07×03: The Fisher King, 12×02: The Black Book, 17×02: Murders by Magic, and 18×05: Saints and Sinners


    Henry Hogson

    (12×02: The Black Book)

    Henry Hogson was a famous 18th century landscape painter who lived and worked in Midsomer County. Sadly little is known about his life. He was born in 1742 and was diagnosed with arthritis at the age of 60. In 1792 he painted a scene at Bishop’s Drift for which, according to papers in the estate of his patron, Bishop John Fletcher, he was paid £50, together with a preparatory sketch. Henry Hogson died of arthritis in 1810.

  • In Remembrance in Midsomer County in 2024

    (Caution: Contains spoilers for Episodes: 02×01: Death’s Shadow, 02×02: Strangler’s Wood, 02×03: Dead Man’s Eleven, 02×04 Blood Will Out, 03×01: Death of a Stranger, 11×07: Days of Misrule)

    In 2024, no anniversaries will be celebrated in Midsomer – at least none that end with -25, -50, -75 or -00. But there are a few death anniversaries.

    Note: I’m referring to the year of first broadcast in the UK, unless the date of death on the coffin or something is stated otherwise.