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Grantham House
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Location information
Location St. James's Square, London, England
Use Residential house
Owner Robert Crawley
Mary Talbot
Tom: "Why wasn't Grantham House sold when Downton was in trouble?"
Edith: "It would have been, eventually. But not for nearly enough to save us."
— 2013 Christmas Special

Grantham House is the London residence of the Crawley family located in St. James's Square. It was built in 1849.

Known Rooms Edit

Basement Edit

  • Servants' Hall
  • Kitchen
  • Housekeeper's Sitting Room
  • Butler's Pantry

Ground Floor Edit

  • 5959948-large (1)
    Entrance Hall
  • Stair Hall
  • Library
  • Octagonal Drawing Room
  • Smoking Room
  • Ballroom

First Floor Edit

  • Landing
  • Mary's Bedroom

Second Floor Edit

  • Servants' Rooms

History Edit

Pre-1923 Edit

The Crawleys presumably stayed here every season before 1923 as well, including 1914, when they returned from Lady Sybil's 'Coming Out'.

1920 Edit

In the 1920s, Robert Crawley lost most of the family wealth on a investment which sadly went wrong, meaning that he and his family may have needed to sell it. However when Robert's heir and son-in-law Matthew received a large fortune, the family didn't have to sell.

1923 Edit

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The family stays there for the London summer season, which includes Rose's débutante ball.

After it is learned that Terence Sampson has stolen a love letter from the Prince of Wales to his mistress Freda Dudley Ward, Lord Grantham hosts a card game which Sampson attends while other members of the family search Sampson's flat.

Later, the Crawleys host a ball at Grantham House, where the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VIII) unexpectedly appears and asks to open the ball by dancing with Rose.

1924 Edit

The family stay at Grantham House when they go to London for Lady Rose's wedding in Summer 1924. Arriving on the same day as them are Rose's parents, who, recently separated, have arrived from Southampton. This leads to tensions, as Rose's husband's father despises divorce. Meanwhile, Lady Flintshire attempts to call the wedding off, by incriminating Mr. Aldridge (said husband of Rose). An awkward dinner is held at the house before the wedding, and a reception afterwards. Guests include Lord Gillingham, Mabel Lane Fox and Lady Manville.

Images Edit

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NotesEdit

  • Basildon Park in Berkshire was used for the house's interior scenes.[1] The main façade of Bridgewater House, at Cleveland Row, Westminster, London, was used for the exterior scenes.

External LinksEdit

  1. Downton Abbey, What's Going to Happen in the Christmas Special at Radio Times
  2. Downton Abbey Presents New Christmas Special Trailer and Stills at Up an Comers

AppearancesEdit

Appearances and Mentions
Series 1 Episode 1 Episode 2 Episode 3 Episode 4 Episode 5 Episode 6 Episode 7
Mentioned
   
Series 4 Episode 1 Episode 2 Episode 3 Episode 4 Episode 5 Episode 6 Episode 7 Episode 8 Christmas Special
Appears
   
Series 5 Episode 1 Episode 2 Episode 3 Episode 4 Episode 5 Episode 6 Episode 7 Episode 8
Appears
Christmas Special
   
Series 6 Episode 1 Episode 2 Episode 3 Episode 4 Episode 5 Episode 6 Episode 7
Mentioned
Episode 8 Christmas Special

ReferencesEdit

  1. Downton Abbey Christmas episode details revealed, stv shows, 4th December, 2013.

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