Oct 12, 2013 - Travel    8 Comments

The Village of Downton Abbey

As you may or may not be aware, my bestie, my sister, my (we wish we were) twin sister Amy moved to Oxford, UK this summer.  I am in the middle of seizing a fabulous opportunity to visit her.  One of the first things we did when I arrived was to visit the village of Downton Abbey.  There is a city just outside of Oxfordshire named Bampton where they film the village scenes from the Masterpiece Classic series Downton Abbey.  I’m a huge fan of the show so I couldn’t wait to see where the filming was done (unfortunately the Highclere Castle was closed during my visit so I just saw the village).  I’ll take you on a tour of the Downton sights in Bampton:

This is the village chapel.  It is Saint Mary’s and has a lovely congregation and preacher.  We went to their Sunday service and chatted with the locals.

They couldn’t have been nicer.

Village of Downton Abbey Bampton UK

The chapel was a beautiful golden stone and stunning from all sides.

Village of Bampton where Downton Abbey is filmed

Village of Bampton where Downton Abbey is filmed

These are the chapel doors that Lady Mary entered through to walk down the aisle with Cousin Mathew.  Absolutely beautiful!

Amanda from Burlap & Denim at the Downton Abbey Chapel

One of the parishioners parked their picturesque bicycle outside and I snuck and got a photo of my niece next to it in her Sunday best.

Downton Abbey Chapel

Surrounding the church is a cemetery.  Gravestones are found literally on all four sides of the chapel.  The green patina on the one on the left was breathtaking.

Bampton Cemetary the Village of Downton

Check out the lichen on this headstone.  Brilliant!

Village of Bampton where Downton Abbey is filmed

Somewhere in the area behind these headstones is where (Season 3 SPOILER ALERT warning) “you know who” was buried.

Cemetery in Bampton England

Also from season 3, the photo below shows the library which was converted into a hospital or infirmary after the war.  This exterior was used, but the interior was filmed elsewhere.

The Hospital from Downton Abbey

 And the lovely Mrs. Crawley’s house.  This is her front garden and the side of her house.  It is actually adjacent to the chapel above.  This two is only used for the exterior filming. Village of Downton Abbey also known as Bampton

Mrs. Crawley’s house is absolutely charming from the outside and a great example of the houses of the quaint town of Bampton.

Downton Abbey house of Mrs. Crawley

I loved my trip to Bampton and if you are in the area, I suggest you stop by this picturesque little village (Downton fan or not).  After our visit, I caught up on the first three episodes of  Downton Abbey season 4…yes, 4!  Here in England they get it before the US!  Unfortunately when I get home I’ll have to wait to see episodes 5+.

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Do you like Downton Abbey?  Are you excited for season 4?

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8 Comments

  • I love Downton Abbey and I’m so excited to see season four! So lucky you got to see the beginning of season four in England! Beautiful church!

  • Cannot wait for Downton Abbey to start up again. Lucky you getting to see four episodes already! I would love to visit the area where it’s filmed. So quaint. Love the lichen on the headstones.

  • Lovely post! And, up till now, I have been patiently waiting for the next season of Downton Abby…but, no more. Can’t wait for season 4!

  • I am so envious, I’ve always wanted to visit England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland. I’m of English descent and have read many fiction books about England and the surrounding areas.
    Has anybody ever read “The Shell Seekers” by Rosamunde Pilcher? Don’t know how many times I’ve read it and seen the adaptation movies on tv of the book. I’d love to see Cornwall, especially. I’ve read many of her books and two of her son’s books.
    Enjoyed seeing the photos. Haven’t had opportunity to watch “Downtown Abbey”. From reading all the posts about it I think I would enjoy it.
    Maybe this season I’ll get to watch an episode or two of it.
    Happy week

    • JaneEllen, Oh you must give it a go. Downton Abbey is made by Masterpiece Theater and past seasons are available on Netflix or some cable providers. You should really start from the beginning. The new season will be on your local PBS station January 5, 2014.

  • What a wonderful post! Downton Abby is one of my all time favs and it’s such a treat to see photos of the places we see on TV. I can’t imagine how fun it is to walk through the streets in that area.

    Season 4?? WOW! You have been thoroughly and officially spoiled!! We’re watching the reruns of season 2 here at this time and so anxious for season 3 to begin.

    So glad you had such a wonderful trip. Thank you for sharing such a special place with us!

    Blessings, Edie Marie

    • Edie Marie,
      Isn’t Downton fabulous? I love how complex the characters and storylines are. Enjoy what ever season you can!
      Amanda

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