Morse’s Oxford I


Formerly known as “The Ferry Public House” of the census 1871 and one of the pubs frequented and part of Morse’s Oxford – Victoria Arms Pub.

Many picnic on the banks of the river Cherwell, at the Victoria Arms. You can too. Either hire a boat or better still a punt from the Cherwell Boat House, which you will find down Bardwell Road. Or, punt from Magdalen Bridge which you will find in the centre of town and then gently take your time to get to the Victoria. A longer ride for the experienced!

Morse’s Oxford

It was in the last episode of Morse, while watching a sunset from the Victoria Arms beyond the river Cherwell; Morse demands another one of his English Ale’s – “to be able to think”.

Advises Lewis that he “…should really persevere with Wagner, It’s about important things, Life and Death, and Regret”. Sanguine as though he knew he hadn’t long to live. Well of course he knew in the drama. But then there was John Thaw, the actor, who died a year later. Well prepared I’d say.

Then Morse, with John Thaw’s Shakespearean acting voice and skills, recites part of Alfred Edward Housman’s (1859 – 1936) poem to Lewis. As they see the sunsetting……

“Ensanguining the skies
How heavily it dies
    Into the west away;
Past touch and sight and sound
Not further to be found,
How hopeless under ground
    Falls the remorseful day”.