"the train stopped at Musborough Station"

The place names are imagined, but are typically English; there was a Newminster Abbey in Northumberland, Condicote is a small village in Gloucestershire. Masefield was born in Ledbury, Herefordshire, and the names suggest a setting somewhere in central England; in 1933 the Masefield family moved to the Cotswolds, which would be a plausible location, but later in the book he says that the golden-coloured Cotswold stone for Abner Brown's house would have had to be imported there.