OUT AND ABOUT Visit Bri­tain’s stately homes

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TV drama Down­ton Abbey has been seen by a stag­ger­ing 300 mil­lion view­ers in 100 coun­tries, putting the set­ting of High­clere Cas­tle (high­clere­cas­tle.co.uk) on the world stage. The im­pos­ing house in New­bury, Berk­shire, cho­sen by

Down­ton cre­ator Ju­lian Fel­lowes as one that ‘spec­tac­u­larly tes­ti­fied to the con­fi­dence and soar­ing op­ti­mism of the Ed­war­dian pe­riod,’ will next ap­pear in Septem­ber when the fea­ture film will hit cin­e­mas. In real life it’s home to the Carnar­von fam­ily and its trea­sures in­clude an im­por­tant Egyp­tian col­lec­tion, the re­sult of the fifth earl’s role in the dis­cov­ery of the tomb of Tu­tankhamun.

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