Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Greys Court, England

In the third season of DOWNTON ABBEY the Crawley family encounters financial problems due to bad investments. Lord Grantham (Hugh Bonneville) considers selling the mansion and moving to a smaller estate of the family in Erylholme that now is being rented.

Greys Court, 2 May 2017
Warning: the text may give away details of the plot. In episode 3, which is set in May 1920, lady Cora (Elizabeth McGovern) organizes a family picnic at what could be their future home. There is even a new name chosen, Downton Place. In the end there is no need to move here after Matthew (Dan Stevens) accepts the inheritance left by his late fiancee. The scenes of the picnic took three days of filming in May 2012 at the lawn in front of Greys Court, a Tudor manor house near the village Rotherfield Greys in the county Oxfordshire.

The history of the estate dates back to the 14th century. The name derives from the Grey family, descendants from Anchetil de Greye, a Norman knight. Since 1969 the property is owned by The National Trust and is open to the public. More information is available on the website of Greys Court.

Downton Abbey, season 3, episode 3, 0:16:57
Greys Court, 2 May 2017
Downton Abbey, season 3, episode 3, 0:18:04
Greys Court, 2 May 2017
Downton Abbey, season 3, episode 3, 0:18:43
Greys Court, 2 May 2017

Visitors of the estate, which amongst others includes a medieval fortification, gardens and a maze, are given a map upon entrance that has a red kite prominently pictured. We saw this bird of prey flying several times during our visit.

Map Greys Court
Red kite, Greys Court, 2 May 2017

Screenshots © Carnival Film & Television
Map © The National Trust

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