5 interesting facts about Midsomer Norton

5 interesting facts about Midsomer Norton
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On first glance Midsomer Norton might seem like any sleepy Somerset town, albeit one with a river running down the middle of the high street, but Midsomer Norton has a few claims to fame and a few mind blowing facts!

Here are five things you might not know about Midsomer Norton in Somerset… Oh and did we mention the high street has a river running through it!

1: The Game of Thrones connection…

Ayra Stark - Midsomer Norton

Maisie Williams, best know for playing Arya Stark in the gripping television series ‘Game of Thrones’, was a pupil at Norton Hill School before studying performing arts at Bath Dance college.

Maisie has also had roles in well know shows like ‘Doctor Who’, ‘Robot Chicken’, and ‘the New Mutants’

2: There is an Asteroid named after Midsomer Norton

Asteroid Midsomer Norton

This one is pretty ‘out there’ but it’s true! Midsomer Norton has an actual asteroid named after it – 9767 Midsomer Norton (1992 EB1)
The asteroid was discovered on March 10, 1992, by Duncan Steel at the Siding Spring observatory.

Midsomer norton asteroid

As a side note: Duncan Steel is a British scientist born in Midsomer Norton,and has worked with NASA to assess the threat of asteroid collisions and help develop technologies to avert such impacts in the future.

3: Roald Dahl sold kerosene in Midsomer Norton in the 1930s

Roald Dahl Midsomer NortonRoald Dahl described his experience of visiting Midsomer Norton, among other places, in his book ‘Boy: Tales of Childhood’

“ My kerosene motor-tanker had a tap at the back and when I rolled into Shepton Mallet or Midsomer Norton or Peasedown St John or Huish Champflower, the old girls and the young maidens would hear the roar of my motor and would come out of their cottages with jugs and buckets to buy a gallon of kerosene for their lamps and their heaters. It is fun for a young man to do that sort of thing. Nobody gets a nervous breakdown or a heart attack from selling kerosene to gentle country folk from the back of a tanker in Somerset on a fine summer’s day.”

4: Midsomer Murders is NOT based in Midsomer Norton

Midsomer Murders
A recent common urban myth is that Midsomer Murders is based in Midsomer Norton – sadly(although perhaps thankfully) it’s not true, however the TV show does have a link to the town.

The writer, Anthony Horowitz, while looking through a map for inspiration for the name of the town for his book, came across Midsomer Norton while looking at Somerset. Believing ‘Midsomer’ to sound quintessentially English he added it to the title of the stories.

No filming has ever taken place in Midsomer Norton – but in the summer months you can usually spot a few tourists taking selfies and group shots next to the town sign at the top of the high street.

5: The Wurzels wrote a song about Midsomer Norton

The Sheriff of Midsomer Norton was written by Adge Cutler and The Wurzels

Lyrics: (sung to the tune of ‘Home on the range’

O, give me a home
Where the cider be grown,
And the wenches are there for the courtin’
Six guns at my side
O’er Mendip I ride
I’m the sheriff of Midsomer Norton.

I loved cowboy movies when I were a lad
Singing yippee I yaddie I yaddle
And now when I see them again on TV
I long to be back in the saddle
From Farrington Gurney to Radstock and Frome
Are the patches I deal with at leisure
I’m quick on the draw, I shot maw and paw
And me grandmother just for good measure

So give me a home
Where the cider be grown,
And the wenches are there for the courtin’
Six guns at my side
O’er Mendip I ride
I’m the sheriff of Midsomer Norton.

I practice lassoing on my grey-haired wife
That’s why she’s dowdy and dumpy
She’d up and she’d out, if ’tweren’t for her gout
And inordinate passion for scrumpy

So give me a home
Where the cider be grown,
And the wenches are there for the courtin’
Six guns at my side
O’er Mendip I ride
I’m the sheriff of Midsomer Norton.

There once was a cow lad disputing my claim
That at six guns there’s nobody quicker
My aim went awry, so who wants to buy
Three dead pheasants, two hens and the vicar
So now here I languish in old Horfield jailhouse
Deprived of my conjugal rights
I just asked the sarge
Aye what be the charge
He said parking a horse without lights

So give me a home
Where the cider be grown,
And the wenches are there for the courtin’
Six guns at my side
O’er Mendip I ride
I’m the sheriff of Midsomer Norton.

We can’t find a video of the Wurzels performing their song but this is a great rendition from the Sam Evans band

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Hopefully, you’ve learned a little something about Midsomer Norton, do you know any more interesting facts about the town? Leave them in the comments below or tweet us (@msn_today) and we’ll update the article with the best ones!