Crooks in Cloisters

Date: 1964
Director: Jeremy Summers
Production Company: Associated British Picture Corporation

Stars: Ronald Fraser, Barbara Windsor, Grégoire Aslan, Bernard Cribbins, Melvyn Hayes, Davy Kaye, Wilfrid Brambell
Location(s): Cornwall, Hertfordshire

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A gang led by Walter Dodd carry out the smallest ever train robbery and hide out in a Cornish monastery.

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Walter Dodd (Ronald Fraser) and Lorenzo (Grégoire Aslan) talk in the monastery garden. Ashridge House, Ashridge near Berkhamstead in Hertfordshire which is also seen in 'Dracula: Prince of Darkness'. Whilst now a business school it was indeed, ironically, a Monastery around 1283 as pointed out by Stan Curtis. (RL)

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Lionel and Cynthia Sear did their best to capture the right angle given the erection of new buildings and fences. (RL)

Phineas (Wilfrid Brambell) confronts Walter in the monastery courtyard.

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Lionel and Cynthia viewing one of the gates at the front of Ashridge House, Ashridge, Berkhamstead in Hertfordshire from the inside.(RL)

The main gate of the monastery. Lionel and Cynthia Sear did not find this on their recent visit to Ashridge but with their usual determination and the invaluable co-operation and assistance of Mick Thompson, Head Gardener and Archivist, which is now fully acknowledged with thanks, it has been established that: "It was the entrance to the old wood yard. This is adjacent to Tower Cottage which is the western extremity of the building. Assuming the footprint of the building to be broadly a rectangle this is in the northwest corner. The area, which lies behind the old stable and coach house, was used as the site of the current Fairhaven building that was constructed in the late 1980’s/early 1990’s. I assume this is when the gates were removed to leave what is now an open arch. " (RL)

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Mick advises that as this was a working area of the house and as a result there are not any images of the old woodyard apart from the Britain from Above aerial photograph from 1928, an extract which we show here with full acknowledgement and as required, the link to the source page. At least we know where to look when someone next visits. (RL)

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Phineas runs back in doors as his granddaughter June (Francesca Annis) sets off for the harbour.

June walks to the harbour.

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Francesca Annis is on the path that runs above the north side of the harbour at Portloe in Cornwall. Picture and information from Lionel Sear.

June again, entering the harbour from The Square in Portloe, near Truro, Cornwall.

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Lionel located the steps that lead up from the harbour near the Lugger Hotel.

June helps Brother Willy (Melvyn Hayes). Portloe, near Truro. The location was also seen in 'Haunters of the Deep'.

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Lionel Sear took this now shot of the Harbour at Portloe looking out to sea.

Long shot of the Harbour. Portloe, Cornwall.

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Another great matching shot from Lionel. Looking down on the Harbour at Portloe from near the 'Flagstaff'.

Squirts (Bernard Cribbins) sits near the harbour. Portloe, Cornwall.

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Looking up from the Harbour at Portloe. Lionel Sear adds that The Lugger Hotel is on the right.

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Squirts leaving Phineas' house.

The police arrive in Portloe.

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The 'main street' in Portloe by Lionel Sear.

The police arrive at the harbour.

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Lionel sent this picture. Looking up from the Harbour at Portloe.

Mungo (Alister Williamson) and the police wait to arrest the gang. Portloe, Cornwall.

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Portloe Harbour just above the Lugger Hotel. Now by Lionel Sear.

Mungo arrests the gang in front of The Lugger Hotel in Portloe. Also in this image are Specs (Davy Kaye) and Bikini (Barbara Windsor).

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A now shot of The Lugger Hotel at Portloe captured by Lionel Sear.