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.

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.

Downton Abbey Withdrawal Symptoms? Talk on Cotswolds Film Locations

DOWNTON ABBEY Film Locations in the Cotswolds

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 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
a.com_logo_RGB  

 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
a.com_logo_RGB  

 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.

Help Save Downton Abbey’s Cotswolds Film Location

Many of the Downton Abbey scenes are filmed in the medieval Cotswolds village of Bampton and as I was writing about this lovely place in the sequel to my book Cotswolds Memoir: Discovering a Beautiful Region of Britain on a Quest to Buy a 17th Century Cottage I came across this appeal (below) by Hugh Bonneville for a donation to help restore Bampton’s Old Grammar School (Downton Cottage Hospital in the series).

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After I made a donation I was thrilled to receive this reply (below)

Thank you

Here is a revisit to my blog giving the history of ancient buildings used in scenes in Downton Abbey and lots more about the lovely Cotswolds village of Bampton.

A Downton Day Out

A Tour of Bampton’s Downton Abbey Locations 

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.

Shirt Race

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.

Morris Dancers

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.

Donkey derby

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.

 

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

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
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Downton Abbey’s Portrayal of Debutante Presentation at Court by the author of Cotswolds Memoir

 

Downton Abbey paints a fascinating picture of a royal presentation at court in Episode 4 of the series. The purpose of this event was for the upper class debutantes and eligible bachelors to meet and make suitable marriages.

 

              

In Downton Abbey Lady Rose is presented to George V and Queen Mary. A very deep curtsey was required by a debutante as the presentation is made. Debutantes were advised to practice their curtsey and many were nervous about getting it right. Various disasters were reported with Debutantes either tumbling over or being unable to rise after the curtsey without the aid of a hastily summoned courtier.

 

At the presentation a debutante would be announced to the King and Queen and after a curtsey would make her exit, stepping away from the Royals without turning around, in order not show her back.

A court presentation signaled the beginning of the social season in Britain and Debutantes were required to have a sponsor. It was mandatory that this sponsor be someone who had already been presented to the King and Queen.

Linnie Irwin Sweeney, left, and Elsie Irwin Sweeney in 1923.

Linnie Irwin Sweeney, left, and her daughter Elsie Irwin Sweeney being presented at court in 1923

Court dress followed prescribed tradition, with most girls wearing white evening dresses, although pastel shades where also in order. Three ostrich feathers attached to a veil adorned the debutante’s hair and pearls and jewelry borrowed from family heirlooms were traditionally worn.

Debutantes were chaperoned at dances by any female member of the family who could be induced to volunteer. Many a great-aunt would fall asleep in the small gilt chairs that were provided at these formal balls while the Debutante in her charge would often secretly slip away unnoticed to a nightclub. To many a young girl this would be a far more exciting prospect than a society ball.

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King George V

A Sovereign presentation was designed to show off a Debutante as she entered society for the first time and to keep her selection of a husband confined to an elite, upper class circle. There was a lot of pressure on Debutantes to find their future husband at the various balls and entertainments during the first season of her presentation. But sometimes this was not possible and a second or even third season was needed to accomplish this goal.

In addition to the balls there were many other chances for Debutantes to meet a suitable prospective husband such as polo matches, Royal Ascot, tea parties, Thé Dansant and a Debutant’s own coming out party. This festivity was sometimes shared with a sister or cousin to defray expenses.

 

Court presentations were removed from the court calendar in 1958 by Queen Elizabeth II,  and attempts by society to continue them without royal patronage were unsuccessful.

This little bit of history portrayed so charmingly in these scenes in Downton Abbey are all the more interesting because, as mentioned, the ritual of court presentation is now no more.

by Diz White author of

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Cotswolds Memoir author writes of Downton Abbey featuring the Prince of Wales and Freda Dudley Ward

The Prince of Wales’ first love affair is alluded to in the storyline of Downton Abbey, however the real-life characters that are portrayed are just as fascinating as the action on the screen.
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Edward VIII

The Prince of Wales, later King Edward VIII, was the King of England for less than a year before he abdicated to marry Wallis Simpson. But before the king met her he had an affair with the textile heiress and socialite Freda Dudley Ward.

 

                   

This affair, although of long duration, was one among many and Edward’s womanizing and reckless behavior so alarmed his father George V that the King talked openly of not wanting his first-born son to inherit the crown. “After I am gone”, George announced, “this boy will ruin himself within twelve months”.

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Edward, Freda and her husband William Dudley Ward

The love affair between Edward and Freda Dudley Ward, (married to the liberal Member of Parliament William Dudley Ward), had begun over five years earlier in 1918 during a First World War Zeppelin Raid. Edward had hurried into a doorway as the bombs dropped around him and encountered Freda who had already taken shelter there. At the time Freda had two daughters and Edward subsequently became very fond of them. Her husband, sixteen years her senior, after discovering the affair, allowed the relationship to continue. Although the liaison was never referred to in the press it was an open secret among the upper classes.

Edward, or David as he was called by his close friends and family, considered himself the first ‘modern’ royal and participated fully in the nightlife of the nineteen twenties and thirties. He visited the Embassy Club and many other restaurant and dance clubs, which no royal had ever done before.

Edward met Freda Dudley Ward when he was twenty three years old and after an on and off again affair, broke off their relationship upon meeting Wallis Simpson in 1934. This led to the abdication crises in 1936.

William Dudley Ward divorced his wife in 1931 and in 1937 she married the Spanish nobleman Marques de Casa Maury. That marriage subsequently ended in divorce in 1954.

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Wallis Simpson

Downton Abbey highlights an interesting glimpse of history as Freda Dudley Ward was Edward’s first serious love affair. Had he stayed with her and not transferred his affections to Wallis Simpson the course of history would have been significantly changed.

by Diz White author of COTSWOLDS MEMOIR: Discovering a Beautiful Region of Britain on a Quest to Buy a 17thCentury Cottage. Available on Amazon.

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Cotswolds Memoir Author writes about Downton Abbey featuring Ambrose The 1920’s band leader

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Come Back – the Embassy needs you – Edward. It was this message from the Prince of Wales in a 1925 cablegram to Ambrose, the band leader that finally persuaded him to return to England from New York. It must have been very flattering to have the heir to the British throne begging him to return to the Embassy nightclub with his band. Ambrose was in real-life, exactly as he was portrayed in a season four episode of Downton Abbey – an extremely popular band leader and violinist. He had been very much missed by the Prince while he was away from London. Only a year earlier Ambrose had left the Embassy Club for a much better offer to play at the Palais Royal in New York.

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Born in the east end of London in 1896, Ambrose had divided his time between London and New York for several years before granting the Prince’s request. Eventually, after returning to the Embassy Club he moved on to the Mayfair Hotel in London where he remained for the following six years. He recorded many numbers with Decca, Brunswick and HMV helping to make him the most popular band leader of the era. Later he opened Ciro’s club and hired the legendary pianist Art Tatum and such talents as Ted Heath and Sylvester Ahola. He discovered Vera Lynn and much later Kathy Kirby.

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Downton Abbey captures the glamour of this era in its scenes set in the Embassy Club and the viewer is given a fleeting glimpse of Ambrose as he plays his violin. Below are some recordings of how he sounded during the 1920s and 1930s.

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If I had a Million Dollars was recorded for Decca at the Embassy Club in 1934

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Dancing in the Dark was one of his popular tunes

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Hullabaloo, one of Ambrose’ more uptempo numbers was recorded in 1939

Cotswolds Memoir Author writes brief history of Downton Abbey location in The Great Conservatory, Syon Park

 

The ravishingly beautiful Great Conservatory in Syon Park makes an idyllic setting for Lady Mary to take tea with Lord Gillingham in the series Downton Abbey.

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The soaring white metal work of this backdrop contrasts with the lush greenery spilling from the classic Italian planters decorating its interior, creating a gorgeously romantic scene.

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The Great Conservatory was designed by Charles Fowler and built in 1830. A Greek cross is the theme of the tropical house and this building’s spectacular glass dome is thirty eight feet in diameter. A conservatory constructed of metal had never before been attempted and its scale is particularly impressive with a frontage of two hundred and thirty feet.

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Syon Park’s position, on the banks of the Thames only ten miles from London, is just across the river from Kew Gardens, and attracted the talents of J.M.W. Turner whose painting Zion House, Isleworth captures its beauty.

Sir John Betjeman sang the praises of Syon House and its 200 acre park when he described it as ‘The Grand Architectural Walk’. It is the London home of the Duke of Northumberland, whose family have lived there for more than 400 years. Originally the site of a medieval abbey which was dismantled by King Henry VIII in 1539 the current building and park are now a site of Special Scientific Interest.

Syon’s Italian Renaissance exterior was built in 1547 during the tenure of the 1st Duke of Somerset but it is its famous ‘Adam style’ that distinguishes the house’s interior. This came about when lst Duke of Northumberland commissioned Robert Adam to carry out a refurbishment 1762.

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An eclectic mix of architectural influences inspired Adam including Baroque, Mannerist Gothic and Ancient Roman styles. The Long Gallery is one hundred and thirty six feet in length and the state rooms are a must-see as they remain completely intact from the day they were built.

In its march through history Syon House has been visited by or associated with King Henry VIII, Catherine of Aragon, Lady Jane Grey and Charles I.

Syon House and Park, including the Great Conservatory, are open to the public in the summer months and there is every reason, as the 3rd Duchess of Northumberland said, to visit ‘this delicious place’.

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.

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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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Ladies of Downton Abbey

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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Discovering a Beautiful Region of Britain
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