Wednesday, 22 May 2013

DIY Downton Abbey

My sister in America is a huge fan of Downton Abbey.  I must confess that I have never seen it but I have quite a few friends over here in England that are equally enamoured with the series. One of the locations that Downton Abbey uses for its backdrop is Bampton, Oxfordshire. I live about 8 or so miles from there and had been telling myself for time that I should visit and take some photos to send to my sister.  So with a knowledgeable friend and her pup we headed out to Church View, the road where Bampton Library (Grantham hospital),  St,. Mary's Church ( the village church), and 2 other houses that make up Crawley house and Grantham Arms are situated. Another motivation for visiting Bampton on the day, was rumour had it, they were filming Series 4, so it might offer up a chance of spotting a famous actor. There were only a handful of us milling around and taking pictures and the local newspaper was there interviewing a few of us, getting our views on everything Downton.  They even took a few photos of us and said to look for the article in an upcoming edition. It made us feel a bit like the celebrity. We missed the real stars of the show, as we came on their lunch break but  it was a pleasant experience seeing the 'set'.  Now to complete my Downton Abbey experience with a visit to Highclere Castle, near Newbury and probably a watch of the series wouldn't go amiss either.

Opportunities this May Bank Holiday to visit both Bampton and Highclere Castle

Highclere Game & Country Fair, May 26-27, 8am-6pm
More information and advance tickets can be found at

Whitsun 2013  Monday, May 27
 9am Start in Bampton,