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About North Stoke
North Stoke is a small village beside the River Thames in the Crowmarsh parish, two miles south of the market town of Wallingford.
The Grade 1 listed parish church, St. Mary's, is almost entirely medieval and still has wall paintings, ancient oak pews and a brick floor. The contralto Dame Clara Butt lived in the village and is buried in St.Mary's Churchyard.
The village has many 'claims to fame', including formally being home to the Academy Award winning actor Michael Caine, who lived at Rectory Farmhouse, and rock vocalist Ian Gillan, of Deep Purple, who used to live in the country house that is now the Springs Hotel, where he had the guitar-shaped swimming pool built. The Springs Hotel was constructed in 1874 and is a fine example of a Victorian Tudor-style Country House.
The picturesque village has also been used as a film location for Midsomer Murders.