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  • Oxenham wrote several other series which tie in with the main Abbey Series; these are known as . Characters first used in other titles or series are introduced into the Abbey Series - sometimes stretching the internal chronology. A particular example of this is the character Robin (Robertina) Brent. She first appears as a 12-year-old in , an published in 1909. But she reappears as a 17 to 18-year-old in three titles: (1937), (1938) - both in the Abbey Series - and (1957), an , as well as appearing in the book that bears her name in the Abbey Series, (1947), when she is 21.

    I thought that with the final season of the popular television show “Downton Abbey” now airing in the United States it would be a good time for a post about the series. In this post I will discuss the many members of the fictional Crawley family, the service staff of Downton Abbey and a variety of supporting characters that have been featured on the show. I will also give a brief synopsis of each of the six seasons and highlight some of the locations around England where the Downton Abbey series had filmed, including the iconic Highclere Castle.

  • When Julian Fellowes was writing the initial storyline for the series he always had Highclere Castle in Hampshire England in mind as the fictional setting for the Downton Abbey series. Highclere is the ancestral home of the Carnarvon family and Fellowes had visited often as a personal friend of the Earl and Countess Carnarvon. The beautiful interior rooms, lavish furnishings and extensive art collection are the perfect setting for the fictional aristocratic Crawley family featured in the Downton Abbey television series.

    The Downton Abbey series is set at the fictional Yorkshire country estate of the Earl and Countess of Grantham and depicts the lives of the Crawley family and their servants. Over the six seasons of the show, which spans the time from post-Edwardian England to mid-1920s, numerous actual historical events are included in the storylines. The series opens with news of the sinking of the RMS Titanic in 1912, then in the second season First World War has started, then in the third season the characters go through the post-war period and the Spanish influenza pandemic, in the fourth season there is the Teapot Dome scandal and in fifth season and sixth seasons the characters have moved forward into the “roaring twenties” with numerous changes in social behavior, fashions and the daily use of modern day inventions which become a part of the lives of the people of Downton Abbey.

    The Abbey Girls
    Pictorial boards from the first edition, (1920), of the book which gave its name to the whole series
    Author Elsie J. Oxenham
    Illustrator Arthur A. Dixon
    Cover artist presumably also Arthur A. Dixon
    Country United Kingdom
    Language English
    Series The Abbey Series
    Genre Girls' Novels
    Publisher Collins
    Publication date
    1st edition 1920
    Media type Print (Hardback)
    Pages 320
    Preceded by The Girls of the Hamlet Club
    Followed by The Girls of the Abbey School

  • Perhaps the best known location for the Downton Abbey television series is Highclere Castle located in Hampshire, England and it is the ancestral home of the Carnarvon family. In the series, it is the fictional home of the Earl and Countess of Grantham and portions of the show are filmed on location at Highclere using the interior rooms of the grand country house, such as the Saloon, the Drawing Room, the Library and the Dining Room. Exterior scenes are also filmed at Highclere which and can be seen in the opening credits as well as sporadically throughout the series. (For more information on the Highclere Castle, please click on the link)

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