The Graham Greene Trail
Visitors interested in Berkhamsted’s links with Graham Greene, one of the twentieth century’s greatest writers, may like to follow the Graham Greene Trail. You can use the link below to download a map of the Trail, which has been prepared by Sylvia Hall, Bill Willett (Cartography) and Jenny Thomas (Illustration).
Graham Greene was born in Berkhamsted in 1904 and lived here until he went to Balliol College, Oxford, in 1922. The map marks the main places in the centre of Berkhamsted with which Graham Greene was associated and around which settings were created in several of his works, particularly The Human Factor, The Captain and the Enemy, The Innocent, and Doctor Crombie, though the town was sometimes given a different name.
Those who would venture beyond the town will find the beautiful countryside of Berkhamsted Common, Ashridge and Ivinghoe, for which Greene says he ‘began to develop a love...which never left [him]’ (A Sort of Life).