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Sidmouth, Devon, England is a small town of 14,000 on the east Devon coast in south west England.
Chosen to portray the fictitious town of 'Dillmouth' in Sleeping Murder because of its "old-world charm" and appealing seafront, Sidmouth was transformed. Although its seafront has remained largely unchanged since the post-war era, streets and buildings were altered in a variety of ways.
The Royal York and Faulkner Hotel became the 'Dillmouth Theatre.' Posters advertised a production of The Duchess of Malfi, a significant plot point. Vintage cars were brought in, including a Wolseley saloon and 60-year-old Bedford delivery van.
New storefront signs advertised 'Powell's Pastries,' 'Channons Hotel,' 'Lennon's Lunches and Teas' and 'The Old Pier Bed and Breakfast.' Contemporary road markings were blacked out and apartments next to the Mocha Restaurant on the Esplanade became 'Dunloughlin Guest House.'
The final scene was filmed at Peak Hill, part of Pinn Barton Farm. Fences along the cliff were removed, and a tree was erected on the cliff edge.
Sidmouth, Devon, England
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