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Season three of Downton Abbey got off to a flying start on September 16 and fans are once again being treated to some fantastic views of the home that is the backdrop for all the major action in the series.
Highclere Castle, which serves as the Abbey, is built on a 1,000 acre estate in Hampshire and has been the country seat of the Earl of Carnarvon since 1679. The Castle was first built in 1692 as a classical mansion and then rebuilt between 1839 and 1842 in the Jacobethan style and faced in bath stone by the famed architect Sir Charles Barry (who also rebuilt the Houses of Parliament after the building was destroyed in a fire). Continue reading