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Downton Abbey

October 28th, 2010

We are sure most of you have become as addicted to the latest period drama, Downton Abbey, as we have.  The beautifully shot series is set in 1912 around a stately home of the same name, and follows the trials and tribulations of the aristocratic Crawley family.  However, this is not your average “Austen” period drama.  The sinking of the Titantic on the 14th April 1912 with the loss of 1,517 lives; the start of the suffragette movement; and the advent of the First World War means the Crawley family are living through a truly transitional period.  

The house used in Downton Abbey is Highclere Castle in Hampshire.  A mansion has stood on the site since 1692, but was remodelled, and almost completely rebuilt, between 1839 and 1842 by Sir Charles Barry for the 3rd Earl of Carnarvon.  The design of the current building was inspired by the Renaissance revival of the 19th Century.  We think this ever changing and fascinating era is ideal for a new miniature project and the romantic and elaborate style of the Castle provides the perfect inspiration!

Create a turn of the century upper class home, where the old, almost Victorian world, meets the new, emerging one with carefully chosen accessories and pieces of furniture.  Our new traditional “tilley” lamp or the charming “oil lamp” are ideal for lighting the servants quarters, whilst the “crystal” chandelier create the perfect focal point in the family dining room.

The kitchen is the heart of every home – even the stately ones!  Create a practical kitchen with a black and white “tiled” floor and stove with hot plates to allow cook to rustle up those delicious meals!

Above stairs, add a touch of elegance and grandeur with a grand piano for the music room or a working grandfather clock in the saloon.

For even more inspiration you can see images of Highclere Castle on its website, www.highclerecastle.co.uk.
We’re looking forward to the next episode already – and seeing your creations!

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One Comment to “Downton Abbey”


  1. Hi have you ever watched the period drama called ‘Larkrise to Candleford’ its got an old Victorian village, I highly recommended period drama.

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