I have something a little different today.
During holiday periods my parents like to go on excursions to see the sights of the UK and last week my Mum was telling me about their latest trip to Highclere Castle in Hampshire. She told me about how amazing the architecture was, and how photographs inside the house were completely forbidden and... how other people on the trip were frolicking around pretending to be moody Lady Mary or Matthew Crawley...
It wasn't until this point that I realised where she was talking about! My parents had been to visit DOWNTON ABBEY!!!
This actually really confused me as Downton is set in Yorkshire (in the North) but filmed in Hampshire and Oxfordshire (in the South) but I can't really argue with filming locations of a TV show, especially one so grand as this.
I have spoken about my appreciation of Downton before on this blog, and I was so excited at this point and demanded to see pictures. I am lucky because my Mum is a really great photographer so I knew I could trust that her pictures would be fantastic, and indeed they were!
She agreed to let me share a few of them, it might show you Downton in a light you've not seen before:
|I love the vapour trail in the background of this one, that wouldn't be allowed on the show (unlike plastic bottles)!|
They also went to Bampton a small village not too far away (although in a different county) and had a look at the now famous St. Mary's church where some of the characters in the show tied the knot *spoilers*!
Some of the streets around the church are used as scenery and sets for the show too and I think it looks pretty weird to see all the cars parked there.
If you like her photos, you can check out my Mum's instagram feed @JanetteWPhotos.
Hopefully one day I will get to go and see the inside of Highclere Castle too!
Have you ever been to the set of a TV show or film?