St Mary’s churchyard on a frosty morning

By: eleanormarriott

Nov 26 2013

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Aperture:f/7.1
Focal Length:40mm
ISO:200
Shutter:1/80 sec
Camera:Canon EOS 500D

Today I woke to a cold and frosty morning. As tempting as it was to stay indoors, huddled by the fire, I headed out with my camera before the frost melted. I observed that the majority of the leaves have now fallen from the trees and concluded that has definitely arrived in Bampton (aka Downton). But an indication of this village’s special qualities is that it still looks delicately and stoically beautiful, even on the starkest of winter days.

This photograph was taken looking out from St. Mary’s churchyard, which has often been featured in Downton Abbey.

Bampton is a village in the Cotswolds that has risen to recent prominence by also being the fictional town of Downton in the British period drama Downton Abbey. Many external scenes are filmed in the village. In particular it is home to Downton hospital, the parish church and the manor house of the Dowager Countess of Grantham (played by Dame Maggie Smith).

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