Downton Abbey, England
This evening, I am posting information and images relating to sites connected with Highclere Castle of Downton Abbey fame.
This site is located about seventy miles SSW of London.
First, St Mary’s Church at Brampton which featured in
some scenes of the T.V. series followed by the castle.
Summary information on Highclere Castle:
- Records of the site date back to 749.
- A high status residence on the site from the 1370s.
- House rebuilt 1774-6 with further work undertaken in 1820s, 1838-50 and 1850s.
- Refurbished and opened to the public in 1988.
- Stewardship of the property inherited by the 8th Earl and Countess of Carnarvon.
- Interior rooms include entrance hall, library, music room, drawing room, smoking room, morning room, red staircase, gallery, gallery bedrooms, oak staircase, dining room and the *Egyptian exhibition.
(*Lord Carnarvon of Highclere financed excavation in Egypt which culminated in the discovery of the tomb of the Pharoah Tutankhamun (1332-1323 BC) in 1922 although he (Lord Carnarvon) subsequently died on April 5th 1923.)
Check website for visiting details.