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Downton Abbey begins to show benefits for Bampton

  • BCA - 2020.2385
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  • December 12th 2012

2012 was very much the early days of Downton Abbey having an effect in Bampton. The prediction of coachloads of American tourists coming was absolutely correct. By 2018 approximately 30,000 visitors went into the Vesey room housed in the building used as the Cottage Hospital in the drama to see the exhibition and memorabilia on sale. The Archive committee to the decision to have quality products only for sale because it is not an exhibition that attracts young children, space is very limited and the people who were coming clearly wanted quality memorabilia.

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Douglas & Doreen Clare as extras 2011 through 2015

  • BCA - 2020.2389
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  • 2011-2015

The makers of Downton Abbey invited local people to take part as extras. Doreen and Douglas Clare were delighted to be chosen each each from 2011 through 2015.

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Bampton Community Archive put on an exhibition of the filming of Downton Abbey in Bampton

  • BCA - 2020.2388
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  • 2019

By 2019 all series of Downton Abbey had been filmed including the film of the series for showing in cinemas. Bampton Community Archive put on an exhibition of the filming in Bampton over the years in the Vesey Room. This room is withing the Old Grammar School and the doorway into this building off Church Close was used as the entrance for the Cottage Hospital in the series.

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