About Midsomer Norton

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Midsomer Norton is a town near the Mendip Hills in Bath & North East Somerset, Midsomer Norton is characterised by the River Somer which runs the length of the town centre.

For many years the coalmines provided employment until they ceased operations in the 1960’s around the same time that the town’s two railway stations also closed.

The Midsomer Norton area provides shopping and service industries for the surrounding area. The area has umpteen schools including three secondary schools, a leisure centre and several sports clubs. There is a Dial-a-Ride service for the elderly and handicapped. Anthony Horowitz the original writer of Midsomer Murders, borrowed part of the name of the town for the television series in 1997, although the series itself is primarily filmed in Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire, Horowitz chose the name after looking at a map of Somerset. Despite some occasional confusion, there is no other link between Midsomer Norton and the T.V series.

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