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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 (1920 - 21)
Mary Talbot (since 1922)

Inhabitants Violet Crawley (1860 - 1904/05)

Robert Crawley's Father (? - before 1912)
Robert Crawley (since 1866)
Cora Crawley (since 1890)
Mary Talbot (since 1891)
Matthew Crawley (1920 - 21)
Edith Crawley (since 1892)
Sybil Branson (1895 - April 1919, mid-1920)
Rose Aldridge (1921/22 - October 1924)
Tom Branson (mid-1920 - January 1925, since May 16, 1925)
Sybbie Branson (mid-1920 - January 1925, since May 16, 1925)
George Crawley (since 1921)
Marigold (since 1924)
Henry Talbot (since July/August 1925)

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

Downton Abbey is the home of Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham and his wife Cora, the Countess of Grantham, their two elder daughters, Lady Mary and Lady Edith, and their two younger grandchildren, George Crawley and Marigold Gregson. The servants who work for the Crawley family also live at the estate.

Mary's husband Matthew Crawley lived there until his early death, as did Robert and Cora's youngest daughter, Lady Sybil. Her husband, Tom Branson, and their daughter Sybbie lived at Downton for the first four years of her life until they moved to Boston in 1925. Lady Rose MacClare lived there for a time too until she married Atticus Aldridge.

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

For more information, see Rooms

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


Main house Edit

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

Start a Discussion Discussions about Downton Abbey

  • 5th vs 7th Earl, again

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    • It was probably a poor choice of title on my part, but the question really was not about the 5th vs. 7th Earl, but what term to use for Rober...
    • 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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