downton abbey


It seems I, too, have caught Downton fever.


As I mentioned in an earlier post, when Vikas and I watch films together, “I’ll exclaim something, grab my phone, ask him to rewind, and snap a few stills.”  I now do this for Downton.  Rather than screen stills in this post, however, I’ve included images of the interiors at Highclere Castle, home of the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon — known to fans of the series as “the real Downton Abbey.”  The castle is of course where the program is filmed.


My reasoning for featuring “the real Downton,” is, well, to avoid learning future plot details (which is what might happen if I were to type the show’s title into Google Images), and to avoid revealing any plot details myself.  While the show premiered in 2010 and the second season’s finale aired only a day or two ago, I only began watching about a week ago and just finished the first episode of season two.  I don’t want to know what happens until it happens(!), and I am certain many of you not only have not seen every episode, but have not seen the show at all.

Whether you’ve seen a little, a lot, none, or some of the show, I assure you the images that follow do not disappoint. First, above, an illustration of Lady Mary by Kelsey Garrity-Riley, and then a few of the rooms from “the real Downton Abbey,” which look nearly identical when serving as the set for the series.


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 The castle facade, which is centered in silhouette in the program’s logo.

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Author: Sarah Sarna

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