Scenes from Downton Abbey

Scenes from Downton AbbeyLocated an hour from Highclere Castle, stand-in for the estate of Lord and Lady Crawley, as well as the indispensable staff working below stairs, Bampton is a tucked-away gem that hosted film crews and cast members twice each year during the show’s run. Now a private residence, Churchgate House was originally a rectory. It served as the exterior of Isobel Crawley’s home; the inside held the actors’ “green room.” The Bampton Community Archive, once the grammar school, became Downton Hospital, where Lady Sybil belied her patrician upbringing by serving as a nurse to convalescing soldiers. Nearby, the time-honored church of Saint Mary the Virgin, known to viewers as St Michael and All Angels Church, was the scene of several happy weddings—and where Lady Edith was heartbreakingly jilted.

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