Downton Abbey in Cotswolds Waterstones Talk and Book Signing

      Waterstones Books Presents

Behind the Scenes at Downton Abbey

With Actress and Author Diz White
TALK and BOOK SIGNING

Diz White combines slides and video clips of her explorations of
DOWNTON ABBEY’S Film Locations in the Cotswolds, delves into their history
and also recounts humorous anecdotes of how she came to write her books,
COTSWOLD MEMOIR and MORE COTSWOLDS MEMOIRS.
Followed by Question & Answer and Book Signing
Refreshments available in the Waterstones cafe  

7:00 Thursday, 4th August, 2016
Contact Waterstones, Cirencester for FREE Ticket 01285 658998
14 Cricklade St. Cirencester GL7 1LL

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Cotswolds MemoirsDiscovering a Beautiful Region of Britain on a Quest to Buy a 17th Century Cottage. (Ranked #1 Best Selling in British Travel in Kindle on Amazon), a love note to this beautiful area, is the first book in a series. The story begins when this British-born author and comedy actress’s roots pull her back from the glitz and glamour of a Hollywood career to the UK with her American husband, where a cure for her homesickness leads to a fun-filled, roller-coaster ride. The many pitfalls that come her way during her journey are seen through the prism of comedy and turn this tale into a laugh-out-loud, good life, foodie, meet the eccentric locals, cliff-hanging read.

In the second book of the series which can be read independently of the first, More Cotswolds Memoirs: Creating the Perfect Cottage and Discovering Downton Abbey in the Cotswolds, Diz’s journey continues during her bid to turn her newly-purchased home into the perfect cottage. Her many adventures include coming across the film locations of Downton Abbey, delving into their history and meeting with the cast of this world-renown series.

Cast of Downton Abbey

Also, in More Cotswolds Memoirs, the author builds on to her 17th century cottage and contends with the myriad ups and downs of renovating a listed building. A collapsing piggery and other disasters turn the project into a money pit that compels her to scramble between Hollywood and the Cotswolds, often hilariously descending the ladder of success as she takes every acting job offered in order to finance her dream.

The author’s search for vintage building supplies leads to an exploration of the Cotswolds with its pub walks, hog roasts, Roman settlements, and eventually, the Downton Abbey film set in Bampton where she attends a wrap party with the cast. Diz becomes fascinated with the history of the sites used in the filming, identifies all the film locations in the Cotswolds and traces their origins.

Chipping Campden

In order to overcome all obstacles her journey develops into a race against time, to achieve her goal, Cotswold bliss in her newly-renovated cottage. 

  • Identifies Downton Abbey Cotswold film locations and explores their history
  • Valuable Tips and Resource Guide for cottage buyers and renovators
  • Doubles as an (off-the-beaten-track) Travel -Tour of the Cotswolds
  • Laugh-out-loud Bill Bryson (The Road to Little Dribbling) style humour
  • Many colour photos of Downton Abbey film sites and Cotswold scenery
  • Extensive Visitor Guide included 

About the Author:

Diz White- Author of More Cotswolds Memoirs

British-born Diz White divides her time between Hollywood and the Cotswolds. Acting credits include Star Trek: The Next Generation and Bullshot (HandMade Films), Titanic (VO). Other books by this author: Haunted Cotswolds and Haunted Cheltenham (The History Press).

More information online: www.dizwhite.com

Diz’s books are…

…extremely entertaining, funny and beautifully written
Katie Jarvis, Cotswold Life Magazine

Diz White…
…tells a great tale and along the way had me in stitches
Debbie McGee, BBC

A souvenir of the Cotswolds with fabulous photos
Rowena Perkins, Cotswold TV

Press Contact: Katie Louise PublicityPromo@aol.com

This book contains descriptions of sites featured in the television series ‘Downton Abbey’ produced by Carnival Film and Television and NBC Universal International Limited.  Neither Ms Diz White nor Larrabee Industries, Inc. has any association with, connection to, sponsorship by or endorsement of, the television series ‘Downton Abbey’, Carnival Film and Television or NBCUniversal International Limited.

More Cotswolds Memoirs explores Downton Abbey Film Locations

Cotswolds Books
More Cotswolds Memoirs:

Creating the Perfect Cottage and Discovering Downton Abbey in the Cotswolds

New Travel/Humour book explores Downton Abbey film locations
and off-the-beaten-track Cotswolds
in Paperback and Kindle 

Click here to purchase in the US                        Click here to purchase in the UK

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In the new book, More Cotswolds Memoirs: Creating the Perfect Cottage and Discovering Downton Abbey in the Cotswolds, author and comedy actress Diz White explores this lovely area during a bid to turn her newly-purchased home into the perfect cottage. Her many adventures include coming across the film locations of Downton Abbey, delving into their history and meeting with the cast of this world-renown series.

More Cotswolds Memoirs, a love note to this beautiful area, can be read independently, however the story begins when this British-born author’s roots pull her back from the glitz and glamour of a Hollywood career to the UK, with her American husband, where a cure for her homesickness leads to a fun-filled, roller-coaster ride recounted in the first book of this series, Cotswolds Memoir: Discovering a Beautiful Region of Britain on a Quest to Buy a 17th Century Cottage. (Ranked #1 Best Selling in British Travel in Kindle on Amazon).     

Cast of Downton Abbey

In More Cotswolds Memoirs the author builds on to her 17th century cottage and contends with the myriad ups and downs of renovating a listed building. A collapsing piggery and other disasters turn the project into a money pit that compels her to scramble between Hollywood and the Cotswolds, often hilariously descending the ladder of success as she takes every acting job offered in order to finance her dream.

The author’s search for vintage building supplies leads to an exploration of the Cotswolds with its pub walks, hog roasts, Roman settlements, and eventually, the Downton Abbey film set in Bampton where she attends a wrap party with the cast. Diz becomes fascinated with the history of the sites used in the filming, identifies all the film locations in the Cotswolds and traces their origins.

Chipping Campden

The many pitfalls that come her way during her journey are seen through the prism of comedy and turn this tale into a laugh-out-loud, good life, foodie, meet the eccentric locals, cliff-hanging read. In order to overcome all obstacles her journey develops into a race against time, to achieve her goal, Cotswold bliss in her newly-renovated cottage. 

  • Identifies Downton Abbey Cotswold film locations and explores their history
  • Valuable Tips and Resource Guide for cottage buyers and renovators
  • Doubles as an (off-the-beaten-track) Travel -Tour of the Cotswolds
  • Laugh-out-loud Bill Bryson (The Road to Little Dribbling) style humour
  • Many colour photos of Downton Abbey film sites and Cotswold scenery
  • Extensive Visitor Guide included 

More Cotswolds Memoirs: Creating the Perfect Cottage and Discovering Downton Abbey in the Cotswolds is published by Larrabee Libraries in conjunction with WritersWorld. Available on Amazon

 ISBN: 978-0-9571162-4-5 A Paperback Original    978-0-9571162-5-2 Kindle

About the Author:

Diz White- Author of More Cotswolds Memoirs

British-born Diz White divides her time between Hollywood and the Cotswolds. Acting credits include Star Trek: The Next Generation and Bullshot (HandMade Films), Titanic (VO). Other books by this author: Haunted Cotswolds and Haunted Cheltenham (The History Press).

More information online: www.dizwhite.com

Diz’s books are…

…extremely entertaining, funny and beautifully written
Katie Jarvis, Cotswold Life Magazine

Diz White…
…tells a great tale and along the way had me in stitches
Debbie McGee, BBC

A souvenir of the Cotswolds with fabulous photos
Rowena Perkins, Cotswold TV

Press Contact: Katie Louise PublicityPromo@aol.com

This book contains descriptions of sites featured in the television series ‘Downton Abbey’ produced by Carnival Film and Television and NBC Universal International Limited.  Neither Ms Diz White nor Larrabee Industries, Inc. has any association with, connection to, sponsorship by or endorsement of, the television series ‘Downton Abbey’, Carnival Film and Television or NBCUniversal International Limited.

Cotswolds Film Locations of Downton Abbey in New Book

Cotswolds Film Locations of Downton Abbey 

BE THE FIRST! Pre-Release
Talk and Book Signing
Behind the Scenes
at

Author Diz White’s 
Talk and Book Signing (where and when below)

Downton Abbey film locations in the Cotswolds

Creating the Perfect Cottage and
Discovering Downton Abbey in the Cotswolds

In her talk Diz White shows gorgeous video footage and photos of Downton Abbey’s film locations in the Cotswolds. Also she relates amusing anecdotes of meeting the Downton cast and her adventures while writing
More Cotswolds Memoirs

This sequel finds the author on another fun-filled roller-coaster ride as she discovers Downton Abbey’s film locations in the Cotswolds, explores their history and meets the cast during her bid to turn her newly-purchased home into the perfect cottage.

Diz White’s love note to the Cotswolds can be read independently, however the story began in her last book, Cotswolds Memoir: Discovering a Beautiful Region of Britain on a Quest to Buy a 17th Century Cottage, when this British-born author’s roots pulled her back from the glitz and glamour of Hollywood to England.

More Cotswolds Memoirs doubles as a travel-tour with pub walks, hog roasts and historic sites, and is also a laugh-out-loud, good life, foodie, meet the eccentric locals, cliff-hanging read. The author scrambles between Hollywood and the Cotswolds, often hilariously descending the ladder of success as she takes every acting job offered in order to finance her dream and overcome all obstacles to achieve her goal – Cotswold bliss in her newly-renovated cottage.

Talk and Book Signing
More Cotswolds Memoirs
behind the Scenes at
DOWNTON ABBEY’S Film Locations in the Cotswolds
Diz will sign Cotswolds Memoirs and More Cotswolds Memoirs at three locations
Free Admission

MONDAY 28th MARCH at 7.30 p.m.
Distant Lands Bookstore
20 Raymond Ave, Pasadena, 91105
or
TUESDAY 29th MARCH at 7.00p.m.
Burbank Public Library
300 N. Buena Vista St., Burbank, 91505 

Wednesday 30th MARCH at 7.00p.m.
Chevaliers Books
126 N. Larchmont Blvd, Los Angeles, 90004

Read more on www.DizWhite.com:
Twitter @DizWhite
To Contact the Author via her publicist: PublicityPromo@aol.com

Press Release

AUTHOR AND ACTRESS DIZ WHITE ANNOUNCES THE RELEASE OF HER LATEST BOOK

 MORE COTSWOLDS MEMOIRS

Creating the Perfect Cottage and Discovering Downton Abbey in the Cotswolds
Available from Amazon and Fine Book Stores in April 2016.

This sequel finds the author on another fun-filled roller-coaster ride as she discovers Downton Abbey’s film locations in the Cotswolds, explores their history and meets the cast during her bid to turn her newly-purchased home into the perfect cottage.

Diz White’s love note to the Cotswolds can be read independently, however the story began in her last book, Cotswolds Memoir: Discovering a Beautiful Region of Britain on a Quest to Buy a 17th Century Cottage, when this British-born author’s roots pulled her back from the glitz and glamour of Hollywood to England.

More Cotswolds Memoirs doubles as a travel-tour with pub walks, hog roasts and historic sites, and is also a laugh-out-loud, good life, foodie, meet the eccentric locals, cliff-hanging read.The author scrambles between Hollywood and the Cotswolds, often hilariously descending the ladder of success as she takes every acting job offered in order to finance her dream and overcome all obstacles to achieve her goal – Cotswold bliss in her newly-renovated cottage.

  • Identifies Downton Abbey Cotswold film locations and explores their history
  • Gorgeous colour photos of Downton celebrities and Cotswold scenery
  • Laugh-out-loud Bill Bryson (Notes from a Small Island) style humour
  • Doubles as a Travel Tour of the Cotswolds
  • Extensive Visitor Guide included
  • Valuable Tips and Resource Guide for Cottage Buyers

“Diz White tells a great tale and along the way had me in stitches”
                                                                                                          Debbie McGee, BBC
“Diz paints a nostalgic and affectionate canvas …enchanting.”
                                                                                     Steven Leigh Morris, LA Weekly

About Diz White:

British-born Diz White divides her time between Hollywood and the Cotswolds. Acting credits include Star Trek Next Generation and Bullshot (HandMade Films). Other books by this author: COTSWOLDS MEMOIR: Discovering a Beautiful Region of Britain on a Quest to Buy a 17th Century Cottage (Larrabee Libraries) HAUNTED COTSWOLDS and HAUNTED CHELTENHAM (The History Press)

Details for More Cotswolds Memoirs:
A Paperback Original ISBN 978-0-9571162-4-5   Kindle: 978-0-9571162-5-2
More Cotswolds Memoirs published by Larrabee Libraries. A division of Larrabee Industries, Inc.

To review this book, request an interview and for all other press enquiries, please contact:

Katie: PublicityPromo@aol.com
More information online: www.dizwhite.com

New! Cotswolds Memoir is now available as an AudioBook in addition to Paperback and Kindle

Click below to order
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 amazon
A portion of the proceeds of every copy of  COTSWOLDS MEMOIR: is donated to Cotswold conservation institutions.
This book contains descriptions of sites featured in the television series ‘Downton Abbey’ produced by Carnival Film and Television and NBC Universal International Limited.  Neither Ms Diz White nor Larrabee Industries, Inc. has any association with, connection to, sponsorship by or endorsement of, the television series ‘Downton Abbey’, Carnival Film and Television or NBCUniversal International Limited.

More Cotswolds Memoirs Talk and Book Signing on Downton Abbey

BE THE FIRST! Pre-Release
Talk and Book Signing
Behind the Scenes at
DOWNTON ABBEY’S Film Locations in the Cotswolds
Author Diz White’s 
Talk and Book Signing (where and when below)

More Cotswolds Memoirs Cover

Creating the Perfect Cottage and
Discovering Downton Abbey in the Cotswolds

In her talk Diz White shows gorgeous video footage and photos of Downton Abbey’s film locations in the Cotswolds. Also she relates amusing anecdotes of meeting the Downton cast and her adventures while writing
More Cotswolds Memoirs

More Cotswolds Memoirs finds the author on another fun-filled roller-coaster ride as she discovers Downton Abbey’s film locations in the Cotswolds, explores their history and meets the cast during her bid to turn her newly-purchased home into the perfect cottage.

Diz White’s love note to the Cotswolds can be read independently, however the story began in her last book, Cotswolds Memoir: Discovering a Beautiful Region of Britain on a Quest to Buy a 17th Century Cottage, when this British-born author’s roots pulled her back from the glitz and glamour of Hollywood to England.

More Cotswolds Memoirs doubles as a travel-tour with pub walks, hog roasts and historic sites, and is also a laugh-out-loud, good life, foodie, meet the eccentric locals, cliff-hanging read. The author scrambles between Hollywood and the Cotswolds, often hilariously descending the ladder of success as she takes every acting job offered in order to finance her dream and overcome all obstacles to achieve her goal – Cotswold bliss in her newly-renovated cottage.

Talk and Book Signing
More Cotswolds Memoirs
behind the Scenes at
DOWNTON ABBEY’S Film Locations in the Cotswolds
Diz will sign Cotswolds Memoirs and More Cotswolds Memoirs at three locations
Free Admission

MONDAY 28th MARCH at 7.30 p.m.
Distant Lands Bookstore
20 Raymond Ave, Pasadena, 91105
or
TUESDAY 29th MARCH at 7.00p.m.
Burbank Public Library
300 N. Buena Vista St., Burbank, 91505 

Wednesday 30th MARCH at 7.00p.m.
Chevaliers Books
126 N. Larchmont Blvd

Read more on www.DizWhite.com:
Twitter @DizWhite
To Contact the Author via her publicist: PublicityPromo@aol.com

Press Release

AUTHOR AND ACTRESS DIZ WHITE ANNOUNCES THE RELEASE OF HER LATEST BOOK

 MORE COTSWOLDS MEMOIRS

Creating the Perfect Cottage and Discovering Downton Abbey in the Cotswolds
Available from Amazon and Fine Book Stores in April 2016.

This sequel finds the author on another fun-filled roller-coaster ride as she discovers Downton Abbey’s film locations in the Cotswolds, explores their history and meets the cast during her bid to turn her newly-purchased home into the perfect cottage.

Diz White’s love note to the Cotswolds can be read independently, however the story began in her last book, Cotswolds Memoir: Discovering a Beautiful Region of Britain on a Quest to Buy a 17th Century Cottage, when this British-born author’s roots pulled her back from the glitz and glamour of Hollywood to England.

More Cotswolds Memoirs doubles as a travel-tour with pub walks, hog roasts and historic sites, and is also a laugh-out-loud, good life, foodie, meet the eccentric locals, cliff-hanging read.The author scrambles between Hollywood and the Cotswolds, often hilariously descending the ladder of success as she takes every acting job offered in order to finance her dream and overcome all obstacles to achieve her goal – Cotswold bliss in her newly-renovated cottage.

  • Identifies Downton Abbey Cotswold film locations and explores their history
  • Gorgeous colour photos of Downton celebrities and Cotswold scenery
  • Laugh-out-loud Bill Bryson (Notes from a Small Island) style humour
  • Doubles as a Travel Tour of the Cotswolds
  • Extensive Visitor Guide included
  • Valuable Tips and Resource Guide for Cottage Buyers

“Diz White tells a great tale and along the way had me in stitches”
                                                                                                          Debbie McGee, BBC
“Diz paints a nostalgic and affectionate canvas …enchanting.”
                                                                                     Steven Leigh Morris, LA Weekly

About Diz White:

British-born Diz White divides her time between Hollywood and the Cotswolds. Acting credits include Star Trek Next Generation and Bullshot (HandMade Films). Other books by this author: COTSWOLDS MEMOIR: Discovering a Beautiful Region of Britain on a Quest to Buy a 17th Century Cottage (Larrabee Libraries) HAUNTED COTSWOLDS and HAUNTED CHELTENHAM (The History Press)

Details for More Cotswolds Memoirs:
A Paperback Original ISBN 978-0-9571162-4-5   Kindle: 978-0-9571162-5-2
More Cotswolds Memoirs published by Larrabee Libraries. A division of Larrabee Industries, Inc.

To review this book, request an interview and for all other press enquiries, please contact:

Katie: PublicityPromo@aol.com
More information online: www.dizwhite.com

New! Cotswolds Memoir is now available as an AudioBook in addition to Paperback and Kindle

Click below to order
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 amazon
A portion of the proceeds of every copy of  COTSWOLDS MEMOIR: is donated to Cotswold conservation institutions.
This book contains descriptions of sites featured in the television series ‘Downton Abbey’ produced by Carnival Film and Television and NBC Universal International Limited.  Neither Ms Diz White nor Larrabee Industries, Inc. has any association with, connection to, sponsorship by or endorsement of, the television series ‘Downton Abbey’, Carnival Film and Television or NBCUniversal International Limited.

Hollywood Comes to the Camera-ready Cotswolds

Camera-Ready Cotswolds

Crumbs magazine interviewed me about my kitchen, in the camera-ready Cotswolds my book Cotswolds Memoir and its sequel which I am currently writing. Enlarged text of article (below).

Crumbs Magazine

Text of Crumbs Magazine article ‘Setting the Stage’

Text 1

Text 3

Crumbs Cover

Cotswolds Memoir:
Now available in Paperback, Kindle and Audio Book

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Discovering a Beautiful Region of Britain
on a Quest to Buy a 17th Century Cottage
(Larrabee Libraries)

A portion of the proceeds of every copy of this author’s book COTSWOLDS MEMOIR: Discovering a Beautiful Region of Britain on a Quest to Buy a 17th Century Cottage is donated to Cotswold conservation institutions. Available on

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Cotswolds Lavender Lemonade and Gin Fizz Recipes

I’m pleased to share my recipe for Lavender lemonade. Of course, fresh picked lavender is best for aroma and flavour.

Lavender Lemonade

Cotswolds Lavender Lemonade with Cotswolds Honey

Makes 6-8 large servings

INGREDIENTS
(Ingredients listed below are best sourced in the Cotswolds if possible).
2 – 3 cups full of fresh lavender blossoms or more if easily available – grown in the Cotswolds. Remove most of the stalks.
(If fresh lavender is not available culinary lavender may be substituted)
1 jar (or to taste) Cotswolds Honey – must be from honey sold in a glass jar.
3 cups of de-ionized or distilled water.
4 lemons (organic and from the Cotswolds if possible).
5 Cups of cold water – (or more or less to taste).

IMPORTANT
All kitchen items used to prepare this lemonade must be made of glass or stainless steel and the spatula must be wooden.
The method of squeezing the lemons must be done using glass or stainless steel.
The strainer used for the lemons and for the lavender must be plastic or stainless steel (Most strainers are not made of stainless steel).

METHOD

LAVENDER INFUSION

Lavender LemonadeThis is what will give the lavender colour to the lemonade.

Lavender Lemonade

IMPORTANT
Use either a stainless steel saucepan or an ovenproof glass dish to heat the distilled water or de-ionized water.
If distilled or de-ionized water is used it is possible to store any leftover infusion in the fridge for up to two weeks and use it for more lavender lemonade.
If tap water is used this ruins the infusion if it is to be stored in the fridge.
Tap water may be used if all of the infusion is used immediately.

Lavender LemonadeHeat distilled water and just before it boils remove it from the stove top.

Save 2 or 3 Table Spoons of the heated water and set aside.

Lavender LemonadePlace the lavender blossoms in the heated water.
Prod and stir with wooden spoon occasionally as lavender steeps for five minutes or so.
Pour the 2 or 3 Table spoons of de-ionized water that was set aside onto the Cotswolds honey.
Stir to soften enough for it to be poured.Lavender LemonadeStrain the lavender infused water through a plastic sieve into a glass container.
Lavender LemonadePour into glass bowl to check for any remaining plant material. If found strain again or remove.

Squeeze the lemons and strain (through plastic strainer) Set aside.
Put the lemon juice into a large pretty glass or ceramic jug.
Add cold water in stages.
Add honey in stages until desired sweetness.
Add lavender infusion to the lemonade until whole jug of lemonade turns a lavender hue. Store any remaining infusion in a glass jar in the fridge (for up to two weeks) for more lemonade.
Add ice cubes and garnish with slices of lemon, lemon wedges, paper parasols or other decorations.
Enter competition (below)

Lavender Lemonade

 Cotswolds Lavender Gin Fizz

Lavender Lemonade

INGREDIENTS
25 ml Gin
1/4 Lemon (organic if possible)
20 ml Lavender Syrup
Elderflower cordial
6 Plain ice cubes

GARNISH
2 or 3 small frozen black grapes
6 Lavender infused ice cubes (optional).
(See Recipe for Lavender Infusion in Lavender Lemonade Recipe above).
3 or 4 Sprigs of fresh lavender (optional).

METHOD
Add Gin, Lavender Syrup and plain ice cubes to a cocktail shaker.
Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
Add lavender infused ice cubes.
Fill cocktail glass with Elderflower cordial.
Garnish
Enter competition (below)

 Lavender Lemonade

ENTER THE LAVENDER LEMONADE- GIN FIZZ COMPETITION:

Send me a copy of your Cotswolds LAVENDER LEMONADE AND/OR GIN FIZZ PHOTO with your own decorations.
The WINNER of the most inventive decorations submitted will receive as their PRIZE a Kindle copy of my book:
COTSWOLDS MEMOIR: Discovering a Beautiful Region of Britain on a Quest to Buy a 17th Century Cottage (Available on Amazon)
This can be gifted to anyone of your choice
The winner’s photo will appear on my website www.DizWhite.com
and be Tweeted on my Twitter site @DizWhite
Send your entry to publicitypromo@aol.com
Competition is ongoing – prizes given periodically.

Photographs by Randall Montgomery

Cotswolds Memoir:

Now available in Paperback, Kindle and Audio Book

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Discovering a Beautiful Region of Britain
on a Quest to Buy a 17th Century Cottage
(Larrabee Libraries)

Available on:

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A portion of the proceeds of every copy of this author’s book COTSWOLDS MEMOIR: Discovering a Beautiful Region of Britain on a Quest to Buy a 17th Century Cottage is donated to Cotswold conservation institutions.

COTSWOLDS DRY STONE WALLS Keeping Rural Skills Alive

Dry Stone Walls

Traditional country crafts keep the Cotswolds beautiful.
Fortunately, recently care is being taken to keep the disappearing art of
Dry Stone Walling and other rural skills alive. See ruralskills.org

Excerpt from Cotswolds Memoir:

Discovering a Beautiful Region of Britain on a Quest to Buy a 17th Century Cottage.
(Available on Amazon in Paperback, Kindle & Audio Book)

During the hike, we came across a farmer repairing a dry stone wall. These walls are characteristic of the Cotswold region and add enormously to the beauty of the landscape. Made from the local honey-coloured stone without any kind of mortar, they are assembled like giant jigsaw puzzles. We watched, fascinated, as the farmer took pieces of jagged, uneven stone and fitted them together perfectly as he talked. I asked how he did it so expertly.

‘Mainly by feel,’ he answered in his broad country accent. He was a great old character and he gave a terrific impromptu talk on dry stone walling.

‘Its limestone, see, and we gather the stones from all around when we rebuild like this. After you do it for a while, you even know where the stones come from by their colour. See this one in my hand? Now that’s from Guiting, and that one – that’s from Oddington. These walls don’t just divide the fields; they provide shelter for small birds, toads, frogs and insects. They have all sorts growing in between the stones too. Wild flowers, herbs, berries – you name it. Why, I wouldn’t be surprised if there weren’t a few Roman coins in there too.’

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New! Cotswolds Memoir is now available as an AudioBook in addition to Paperback and Kindle

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Visit the Cotswolds Village of Bampton featured in Downton Abbey

A Downton Day Out

A Tour of Bampton’s Downton Abbey Locations 

by

Diz White

Author of

Cotswolds Memoir:

Discovering a Beautiful Region of Britain
on a Quest to Buy a 17th Century Cottage

Highclere Castle, Location for Downton Abbey- Daily Mail

The charming village of Bampton in the Cotswolds is used as a background to a number of outdoor scenes in the immensely successful television series Downton Abbey and this lovely spot is well worth a visit. Not only is it interesting to see where scenes of Downton Abbey are shot but there are many other attractions in Bampton that would make a leisurely sojourn there very memorable.

Bampton, or as it was once known Bampton-in-the-Bush, is situated in the county of Oxfordshire in the Thames Valley and is about four and a half miles southwest of Witney.

Visitors strolling around Bampton will recognize a number of buildings and streets that were used in scenes in Downton Abbey.

St. Mary’s Church

One of the locations frequently filmed in the series is Bampton’s church, St Mary of the Virgin which dates from the 12th Century. This church, like many ancient buildings in Britain was built on the foundations of an earlier structure and incorporates parts of the older building in the new edifice. In this case, St. Mary’s church was erected on the site of an Anglo-Saxon Minster. The tower was the only feature of the Minster that was spared and it is now part of the Church. St. Mary’s is also distinguished by its magnificent 13th Century spire.

William the Conqueror gave this church to the Bishop of Exeter and it has been rebuilt and added to many times through the centuries.

Cottage Hospital

Another location used in filming is Bampton Library which was used as the entrance to the cottage hospital that was portrayed in the second series of Downton Abbey.

According to Pevsner and Sherwood’s book The Buildings of England this library was once the Grammar school of St. Mary’s church and was built in 1653.

Isobel Crawley’s house

The Old Rectory which is close by St. Mary’s Church is used for the exterior shots of Isobel Crawley’s house in Downton Abbey. The south side of this building is late 17th Century and features five bays. The back of the house is older with a 16th century arched stone doorway and in the garden wall there is a stone inscribed with the date 1546. Next to the Rectory are 17th Century stables with a gabled dovecote built over them.

The interior scenes of Isobel Crawley’s house, however, are filmed at Hall Place near Beaconsfield in Buckinghamshire.

 

Downton Abbey’s conception

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The series is set in the fictional Downton Abbey, a Yorkshire country house, the grand home of the Earl and Countess of Grantham, and follows the lives and fortunes of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants through the reign of King George V.

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Gareth Neame of Carnival Films originally conceived the idea of an Edwardian-era TV drama set in a country house and suggested this concept to Julian Fellowes, who had won an Academy Award for Best Writing in the category of Original Screenplay for Gosford Park.

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Shortly, thereafter, Julian Fellowes gave Gareth Neame an outline of the first series. Julian Fellowes writes the series, and his wife Emma acts as his story editor.

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Bampton Annual Events

In addition to Bampton being used for locations of Downton Abbey this beautiful town features plenty of Cotswolds character and is well known for several quaint traditions that take place every year and have been doing so for the past several centuries. Visitors would do well to time a visit to take in one or more of these fun-filled events after viewing the Downton locations.

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Bampton Shirt Race

Once a year, on the Saturday of the Spring Bank Holiday there is a bizarre pub crawl organized by the Society for the Preservation of Ancient Junketing known as The Bampton Shirt Race. In past times the runners in this race were dressed in night-gowns and would compete in pairs with one runner pushing the other in a trolley. There was a time when there were fourteen pubs in Bampton and the race stops at every location for the competitors to down a large quaff of beer. Many of those public houses have now been converted to private residences but a stop at these former pubs is still included in the race. Nowadays, the race consists of larger teams using many different kinds of cobbled-together wheeled vehicles, such as prams, wheelbarrows and even wheelybins. These are used to transport the competitors who are costumed in outlandish fancy dress. There are prizes for the best outfits.

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Morris Dancing

Bampton is well known for its Morris dancing which has been practiced in the village since the late eighteenth century. The town supports three world-renowned Morris Dance teams and the dancing is performed throughout the Monday of the Spring Bank Holiday in the latter part of May, beginning at 8.30 a.m. In the evening, visiting teams join in the dancing. Much is made of the traditional fertility cake which everyone samples as it is carried around the streets with the dancers.

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May Garlands

The charming tradition of May Garland making by the children of Bampton began several centuries ago. It takes place at 11a.m. in the market square on the Monday of the Spring Bank Holiday.

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Donkey Derby

A Donkey Derby is run on the Monday of the August Bank Holiday, and organized by the Society for the Preservation of Ancient Junketing. This begins at 2 p.m. at Sandford’s Field. In addition to the donkey races (all the jockeys are children) there are bric-a-brac stalls, skittles, Aunt Sally, crockery smashing and much more.

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The Mummers

The Mummers perform plays on Christmas Eve every year. These plays have been performed since the nineteenth century in Bampton but are most likely much older. These dramas have been handed down through family tradition by word of mouth as no scripts exist. In the Bampton version there are ten characters including Robin Hood, Father Christmas, a Prussian King, St. George etc. The plays are uniquely performed in two acts instead of the customary one. Pagan rituals may have figured in the original plays as the plot involves many scenes of characters being finished off and then magically being brought back to life. This could perhaps symbolize the end of the old year and the beginning of the new. Watching the Mummers perform is a wonderful highlight of the Christmas season.

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Bampton Pubs and Restaurants

After all this fun a little refreshment might be in order.

The Romany Inn On Bridge Street in Bampton is an unassuming pub serving typical but good pub food.                                                               Accomodation available.  www.TripAdvisor.com

The Horse Shoes On the High Street in Bampton. No food or accommodation www.bamptonoxon-                                                                                       parishcouncil.gov.uk

The Trout at Tadpole Bridge Is well known for its fine dining and serves the best food for miles around. It is  just five minutes’ drive down the road from Bampton in Buckland Marsh Diners come as far away as London to eat at this excellent riverside gastro-pub. In summer there are tables in the garden which leads down to the Thames. Stroll by the river with a pre-dinner drink. Accommodation available. www.trout-inn.co.uk

WHATLEY MANOR HOTEL & SPA Easton Grey Malmesbury SN16 ORB Tel: 01666 822 888 www.whatleymanor.com
Although this recommendation for accommodation is a fair drive from Bampton the visitor who stays here would enjoy a wonderful  tour of the Cotswolds on the way to this excellent  hotel and spa.
Whatley Manor is a AA 5 star ‘Inspectors’ Choice Hotel’ and a member of Relais & Châteaux
This beautifully appointed hotel with the most wonderful gardens is this author’s pick for the best luxury stay in the entire Cotswolds with its relaxing spa treatments, sublime cuisine and exceptionally attentive and friendly service.

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Cotswold Cows in the Mist

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One early morning in the beautiful Cotswolds I made a cup of tea and took it into the conservatory where I was amazed to see a thick mist enveloping the field view. Instead of the usual couple of hundred yards of fields, trees and hedges I could see for only a few yards beyond the dry stone wall. As I sipped my hot tea the mist began to slowly swirl, making fantastic shapes as it curled around the edges of trees and gradually lifted a little off the ground. After a few more minutes a low moo heralded a cow, wreathed in mist, as it emerged in the field like a sepia painting in soft focus.

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Cotswold cows are among my favourite creatures and this one was enhanced even more by the soft focus treatment of this gently dissolving background.

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As more cows joined the first one Randy my husband grabbed his camera and was able to capture their images before the mist was dissolved by the warm sun. Eventually the day evolved into a glorious scorcher – perfect for a picnic on the river.

But I’ll never forget those magical, early morning moments when my lovely Cotswold cows appeared to be part of a Turner painting.

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