After the war, though, there was a crackdown on homosexual-identified persons, often harassed by police, etc, paying fines and ending up in jail. It was almost like it was back to Oscar Wilde times.
The two characters in this story are in a different situation than those harassed by the police, though. They're a committed couple, and would get very upset with the other if there were any messing about in bathhouses or trying to pick someone up. They're a little on the older side, too- thirties to mid-thirties. They met each other during the war, and despite being a little startled by the revelation that their better half was a man, kept the relationship alive after it ended. One is from London with little to no family ties; the other is from a village out in the West Country, is more entrenched in the C of E, and has a lot of family. Neither of them exhibit flaming stereotypical behavior- aside from one who has a fondness for gardening, but can easily kick someone's teeth in if provoked.
They'd want to live together in this village, and I don't doubt that the village-native (who has familial connections to the local police force, and is a police officer himself when not a soldier) would want to be physically affectionate with his lover in public- not sex, but holding hands, ear-nuzzling- typical relaxed-couple behavior.
My question is, would the two of them encounter trouble from the Sodomy Laws in effect? Would living as a quiet but openly gay couple in a small town where everyone knows your business lead local people to conclude that you two are sane and non-threatening and be accepting, and at the very least turn a blind eye, or would it intensify homophobia? From what I've gathered on the BBC WWII history site, people claim they were a lot more accepting back then, but I'm not so sure.