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Second Downton Abbey film to be made

  • BCA - 2022.3672
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  • 2017

A second Downton Abbey film is being made and once again Saint Mary's church, Churchgate House, the Old Grammar School and the area around the church in Bampton will be used for some of the location shooting.

Janet Rouse

Horses outside the church, thought fit for use down the coal mines

  • BCA - 2022.3433
  • Item
  • 2022

Horses on Church Green. Men with white flags kept the horses under control. A strip of white rag was tied on the tail of a horse when it was sold. In later years, a white sticker was stuck to their rumps. Note the temporary railing in front of Church Gate house. Ladies and children stayed safe in the churchyard while they watched proceedings

Nik Stanbridge

Horse Fair, Church Green

  • BCA - 2022.3438
  • Item
  • 2022

Horse Fair - ponies tied up on Church Green were considered by the vendors to be suitable for pit ponies and the Welsh miners knew to come to this part of Bampton to buy their pit ponies. Here, the ladies and children are inside the church wall away from the horses but able to watch the proceedings. It was an event much enjoyed by all and the ladies and children have got their best hats on.

Nik Stanbridge