Highclere Castle aka Downton Abbey

This morning, we departed our lodgings in Bath and drove east to our next destination of sites connected with Highclere castle of Downton Abbey fame.

First, we visited St Mary’s Church at Brampton which did feature in some scenes of the T.V. series and then moved on to nearby Highclere where we spent most of afternoon (in temperatures of around 30c/85f).

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.)

Interior of St Mary’s Church

St Mary’s Church, Brampton

Highclere Castle

Highclere Castle

Highclere Castle

Jackdaws Castle, a folly

Gardens at Highclere Castle

Gardens at Highclere Castle

In the evening we availed of dinner with guests’ friends at a superb riverside restaurant (River Thames) at Moulsford.

Sculling on River Thames.

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