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.
The chapel was a beautiful golden stone and stunning from all sides.
These are the chapel doors that Lady Mary entered through to walk down the aisle with Cousin Mathew. Absolutely beautiful!
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.
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.
Check out the lichen on this headstone. Brilliant!
Somewhere in the area behind these headstones is where (Season 3 SPOILER ALERT warning) “you know who” was buried.
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.
Mrs. Crawley’s house is absolutely charming from the outside and a great example of the houses of the quaint town of Bampton.
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+.