Historian claims hit radio show The Archers was based on Lincolnshire village
A Lincolnshire village is the real inspiration behind hit BBC radio show The Archers, according to a historian.
For years it has been thought that Inkberrow, in Worcestershire, was the inspiration for Ambridge, where The Archers is set.
Not only did the soap opera’s creator live nearby, but the BBC has been so convinced of Inkberrow’s claim that it uses its landmarks for publicity shots for the Radio 4 show.
But now, historian Jim Latham believes that Rippingale, north of Bourne, was the original spark that helped Godfrey Baseley create Ambridge.
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Mr Latham has said that the original idea for the show came from Henry Burtt, a farmer from Rippingale, who met Mr Baseley in 1946 while he was producing a show called Farm Visit.
Two years later Mr Burtt was invited to a BBC conference in Birmingham where he allegedly said it should commission a farming version of Dick Barton, the special agent serial.
Mr Latham claims Mr Baseley was so taken with the idea he travelled back to Rippingale to have a proper tour, and would have visited the local pub – The Bull Inn.
"All of this is documented in various books and autobiographies," said Mr Latham.
"Some of the characters in the Archers were based on people that Baseley met on his second visit to Rippingdale.
"I am not saying that the style of farming in the Archers came from Rippingdale because they are completely different."