Most people hadn’t heard of Bampton before Downton Abbey aired in 2010. It was just another Cotswold village, outshined by neighbouring tourist hotspots like Burford, Minster Lovell and Bourton-on-the-Water.
But after having watched 30-odd Americans pile out of the churchyard, wander across the green and stumble onto their spluttering coach around the corner, I think it’s safe to say that the world has now very much discovered Bampton.
A minute or so later, a straggler appeared from a lane between two of the classic Cotswold stone cottages, ushering an elderly gentleman into a patch of sunshine. “Here we go, that’s it,” she instructed as she arranged him just how she wanted. She then took out her phone, turned on the front-facing camera, and held it up to snap a selfie. “Now I have a photo of somebody who was in the show! How exciting!”
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