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Downton Abbey
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Location information
Location Downton, Yorkshire, England
Use Residential house

Convalescent home during the Great War

Owner Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham (before 1912)

Matthew Crawley is co-owner of Downton Abbey (1920 - 1921)[1]
Mary Crawley co-owner (since 1921)

Inhabitants Violet Crawley

Robert Crawley's Father (? - before 1912) Robert Crawley (After January 1870 -)
Cora Crawley(1889[2]-)
Lady Mary Crawley (1892[3]-)
Matthew Crawley (1920-1921)
Edith Crawley (1894[4] -)
Sybil Branson (1896[5]/1898[6] - 1919, 1919- August 1920)[7]
Tom Branson (Summer 1920 -)
Sybbie Branson (Late summer 1920-)
George Crawley (Autumn 1921-)
Servants

Robert: "You see a million bricks that may crumble, a thousand gutters and pipes that may block and leak, and stone that will crack in the frost"
Matthew: "But you don't."
Robert: "I see my life's work."
Robert and Matthew Crawley talk about Downton Abbey.[src]

Downton Abbey is an estate located in the outskirts of Downton in Yorkshire, England, and is the home of the aristocratic and wealthy Crawley family.

Current Residents Edit

The family currently consists of Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham and his wife Cora, the Countess of Grantham, and their three daughters, Lady Mary, Lady Edith and the late Lady Sybil. The house was also the home of the late Matthew Crawley and is currently also home to Tom Branson and to the first two grandchildren of the Earl and Countess, Sybbie Branson and George Crawley (the third, the daughter of Lady Edith, currently does not live there). The servants who work for the Crawley family also live at the estate.

In the 1920s, Robert Crawley lost most of the family wealth on a investment which sadly went wrong, meaning that he and his family could have had to leave Downton Abbey. However, Robert's heir and son-in-law Matthew Crawley received a large fortune, which he chose to invest in the estate, allowing the Crawley family to stay at Downton Abbey. When this happened, Robert and Matthew became joined co-owners and masters of the estate, but Matthew had concerns that the estate had been mismanaged for a while and was not making money. Matthew and Tom Branson, the new estate manager, both had ideas to revitalise the estate and were eventually backed by Robert.

Known rooms and locations Edit

Note: This is a generic section  stub. Expand it by clicking Edit to right of the section title.

Downton Abbey is a very large and grand house with numerous rooms. Some of those that have appeared on screen are as follows:

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Main house Edit

  • Entrance Hall
  • Great Hall - with grand staircase
  • Dining room
  • Servery
  • Library
  • Boudoir/Painted Room/Music Room
  • Drawing Room
  • Smoking Room
  • Cora's Drawing Room
  • Study
  • Morning Room
  • Family and guest bedrooms
  • Nursery
  • Servants quarters - sparsely furnished attic bedrooms with men's and women's bedrooms separate
  • Kitchen
  • Servants' dinning hall
  • Butler's pantry
  • Housekeepers' sitting room

Outdoors and estate Edit

Images Edit

  • An alternative view of the exterior.
  • The main entrance as the family and staff greet a guest.
  • The main entrance in more detail.
  • The hall, showing the gallery and staircase.
  • The library.
  • The library.
  • The library.
  • The dining room set for breakfast.
  • The dining room after an evening meal.
  • The drawing room as the servants clean in the morning.
  • The drawing room showing a different angle.
  • Another angle of the drawing room.
  • Cora and Robert's bedroom
  • Mary's bedroom.
  • A guest bedroom.
  • A shared bedroom in the servants quarters - women's side.
  • A dark and cramped corridor in the servants quarters.
  • Butler's pantry
  • Housekeepers sitting room.
  • The kitchen, showing the large table and ovens.
  • The servants dining hall, showing the bells on the wall used by the family to summon the servants.
  • The rear entrance to the house or tradesmen's entrance.
  • The yard, that leads off the tradesmen's entrance.

Behind the scenes Edit

  • Highclere Castle in Hampshire is used for exterior shots of Downton Abbey as well as for some of the interior filming, with the servants' living areas constructed and filmed at Ealing Studios.

See also Edit

References Edit

  1. Episode 3.04
  2. Cora married Robert in 1889, so she has lived there since then. ITV.com Downton Abbey Press Pack (PDF), Page 5
  3. http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2011-10-30/downton-abbey-michelle-dockery-on-lady-mary
  4. http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2011-10-29/downton-abbey-laura-carmichael-on-lady-edith
  5. Following Sybil's death in 3.05 Robert said that she was 24 years old. Episode 3.05 is set in AUTUMN 1920, and she was born around June, meaning she'd be 24
  6. In 2.07, set in early 1919, Mary says Sybil is 21, meaning she was born in 1898.
  7. Her pregnancy in December is recent, so she died around August/September

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    • Oh, sorry. I can read honest! xD Um, "Robert's father" works for me, unless anyone can think of anything better.

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