An album containing 44 large mounted photographs of the house, staff and estate at Highclere Castle, the setting for the popular ITV series Downton Abbey were withdrawn from a specialist sale of books, maps, manuscripts and photography at Lawrences Auctioneers in Crewkerne.

Discovered by the vendor in an attic, the album was returned home to Lady Carnarvon, when a private treaty was negotiated. ‘Downton Abbey’ was the fictional home of the Earl of Grantham in the television series. Filmed at Highclere Castle in Hampshire, it is the actual home of the Earls of Carnarvon and the family are said to be thrilled that the photo album has come home. Helen Carless of Lawrences said: “Lawrences are delighted to have negotiated the private treaty sale that ensured that the album is now where it should be and all parties are extremely happy with the outcome.”

The photographs were taken by J W Righton of Newbury and date from 1895. Included in the album is a photograph showing the Prince of Wales, who later became King Edward VII.

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