Downton Hospital / Bampton Library

By: eleanormarriott

Nov 27 2013

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Focal Length:40mm
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Camera:Canon EOS 500D

You get two for the price of one in this picture because not only does it include the beautiful library – now better known as Downton hospital; but you can also see one of the cottages that often features in external Downton Abbey scenes. If you don’t recognise it that’s because it has a green door on the drama, along with its neighbours which together make up  a lovely little row of period cottages. It’s rather fortunate that the owners are in possession of a lovely vintage bike. It may not be of the period of Downton Abbey but it adds a nostalgic feel all the same.

You can just make out a poster to the right of the library entrance confirming that it is featured in Downton Abbey and that a selection of memorabilia from the period drama can be found inside (I will report back on what this memorabilia is another day). Recently we also had an exhibition of the costumes from the programme on display in the town. Unfortunately I was abroad so missed it but I’m hoping it will become a regular occurrence with each series because the details in the costumes are so exquisite.


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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