A great part of the action takes place in Devon. The town closest to the MacBrides’ property is Ottery St Mary. Ottery St Mary, known as “Ottery”, is a town and civil parish in the East Devon district of Devon on the River Otter, about 16 km east of Exeter.
The family visit the town the weekend when Guy Fawkes is celebrated, and there is a tradition of burning barrels. The town typically stages annual events around Guy Fawkes Night when, in a tradition dating from the 17th century, barrels soaked in tar are set alight and carried aloft through parts of the town by residents.
The town was the birthplace of the Romantic poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge, where his father, the Reverend John Coleridge, was a vicar.