|位于||Downton, Yorkshire, England|
Home of Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham
Former home of 1st Earl of Grantham's sister
Violet Crawley |
1st Earl of Grantham's sister (Formerly)
The Second Countess of Grantham (formerly)
The Dower House is a cottage located in Downton, Yorkshire. It was designed by Sir Christopher Wren before February 25, 1723, with the original purpose of being a home to the sister of the first Earl of Grantham. While designed before February 25, 1723, it was not built until after 1772.
By the early twentieth century, it was home to Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham.
Violet's mother-in-law did not live in The Dower House and instead resided in Crawley House. This is very unusual, as widows - excluding the First Earl's sister, for whom the house was built - normally reside in The Dower House.
Behind the scenes
- The Dower House is the private residence, Byfleet Manor near Byfleet, Surrey for the exterior and the drawing room.
- According to Donal Woods, production designer, Byfleet Manor was selected because "We wanted to deliberately pull Violet back into that Georgian world."
- It was designed in 1723 by Sir Christopher Wren. He died on February 25, 1723, so it could not have been designed any later than that date. Given that the first Earl became earl in 1772, it was built after that date.
- Get the Downton Abbey look, Rebecca Younger, Get Hampshire, 28th August, 2013.