Barsetshire is the setting for a novel or series of novels containing one or a few small towns and a lot of countryside. Novels set in a Barsetshire are basically light domestic comedies, though they may have occasional nuggets of melodrama, drama, or even tragedy. Nothing blatantly science-fictional, fantastic, or paranormal takes place (except for the occasional ghost story or local legend related by a character), and any crime or espionage drama is muted and secondary.

In short, you go to Barsetshire for a quiet, relaxing time, in the expectation of being gently amused more than anything else.

A Barsetshire is connected to the real world, and the people can go off and visit London or New York freely, or have visitors or emigrés from such places. Often, real-world history is visible. A Barsetshire is distinct from other fictional towns in mainstream novels by being the setting for a whole series in which the same characters and places appear over and over, though different people may take center stage in any given book.

The TropeNamer is a fictitious county in England created by Creator/AnthonyTrollope as the setting for his series ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfBarsetshire''. It was later re-used and developed by Angela Thirkell.

A Barsetshire may be set within a FictionalProvince (usually, as the case of the trope namer, a fictional county), but may instead be situated in a quite corner of a real county.

Compare {{Arcadia}} and FictionalCountry. Contrast LovecraftCountry and CampbellCountry.



[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* The town of Sandford in ''Film/HotFuzz'' is a pleasant, quiet, low-crime area where everybody's mostly amenable, in a country-England sort of way. The protagonist, who's [[CityMouse originally from London]], has a [[FishOutOfWater lot of trouble fitting in with the town's ways]]: he's an [[TheAce action movie protagonist]] trapped in a {{Barsetshire}}. [[spoiler: [[TownWithADarkSecret At least, so it seems]].]]

* ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfBarsetshire'' by Creator/AnthonyTrollope, set in the 19th century:
** The Warden
** Barchester Towers
** Doctor Thorne
** Framley Parsonage
** The Small House at Allington
** The Last Chronicle of Barset
* The ''Barsetshire'' novels of Angela Thirkell, set in the first half of the 20th century, including:
** High Rising
** The Demon in the House
** Pomfret Towers
** The Brandons
** Before Lunch
** Cheerfulness Breaks In
** and many more.
* Pretty much every novel written by Creator/JaneAusten.
* The ''Fairacre'' novels of Miss Read [Dora Jessica Saint], set in the later 20th century and usually narrated by the local schoolteacher.
* The ''Thrush Green'' novels of the same Miss Read, set in the later 20th century and usually narrated in the third person.
* The ''Mitford'' novels of Jan Karon.
* The training cruiser in the novel ''We Joined The Navy'' is HMS Barsetshire
* The fictional island of Sodor from ''Literature/TheRailwaySeries''.
* Jilly Cooper's Rutshire novels are set in one of these.
* Nancy Ahtherton's ''Literature/AuntDimity'' series is mostly set in and around the village of Finch and the nearby market town of Upper Deeping, said to be in the Cotswolds. Dimity Westwood's ghost is an ongoing presence, but she is very well-mannered and largely confines herself to her cottage and her journal.
* Creator/ThomasHardy set a lot of his novels in "Wessex", which encompassed a big chunk of the southwestern United Kingdom from Berkshire to Devon.
* Zigzagged in the ''Literature/VillageTales'' series, beginning with ''Literature/CrossAndPoppy.'' The setting's a lovely bit of countryside and most of the people are charming. ''Most.'' But Serious Things Happen There, as well, from crimes to personal crises to funerals to christenings.
* ''Felix Holt'', a less well-known novel by Creator/GeorgeEliot, is set in the fictional "Loamshire". This then had a further life in British Army training materials, which use "Loamshire Regiment" as the name for a generic military unit. The "Loamshire Regiment" was then used as the original military affiliation of Literature/BulldogDrummond and several characters in Creator/EvelynWaugh works.
* The Yorkshire of veterinarian Creator/JamesHerriot's [[RealLife autobiographical]] ''All Creatures Great and Small'' and its sequels certainly qualifies.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* The [[ThemeNaming theme-named]] county of ''Series/MidsomerMurders''. Considering the murder rate, anyone going there for a quiet, relaxing time is TooDumbToLive.
* Mercilessly parodied by Craggy Island in ''Series/FatherTed'' (it's admittedly an Irish equivalent of this trope).
* Barsetshire resembles the fictional town of Leadworth, hometown of Companions Amy and Rory in ''Series/DoctorWho''.
* Market Shipborough, the setting of ''Series/{{Kingdom}}'', is explicitly in Norfolk, but otherwise fits the trope.
* The TV series adaptation of Creator/JamesHerriot's ''Series/AllCreaturesGreatAndSmall.''

* ''Radio/TheArchers'' is set in fictional "Borsetshire".

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine'', the long-running TV adaptation of the ''Literature/TheRailwaySeries'', set on the island of Sodor.