The Real Sunken Madley
The location of Amanda Cadabra was inspired by the picturesque village of Monken Hadley. It is, indeed some '13 miles north of the Houses of Parliament and 3 miles south of the Hertfordshire border'.
The oldest existing recording of the name dates from 1136 and it was sometimes called Monkenchurch. Cottages and a Manor House were later built and until about 30 years ago the villages had a pub, a teashop and a post office. There really was Battle of Barnet fought there in 1471, and the medieval church was rebuilt afterwards.
I hope you enjoy the photographs below. I'll be writing more about the real Sunken Madley. Would you like me to let you know when it's ready for you to read?