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State rooms closed as Downton films at Alnwick Castle

Filming of Downton Abbey Christmas special in Alnwick.
Picture Jane Coltman

Filming of Downton Abbey Christmas special in Alnwick. Picture Jane Coltman

Filming for prime-time ITV drama Downton Abbey continues in Alnwick until the end of this week.

The popular series, which stars Hugh Bonneville and Maggie Smith, has caused huge excitement in the town with people spotting stars out and about as well as watching scenes being filmed.

From today until to Friday the state rooms at Alnwick Castle will be closed while the filming takes place.

Yesterday Bailiffgate in Alnwick became a snowy street for the programme, and one of the Duchess’s Community High School buildings on the Bailiffgate site was turned into a pub - the Crown and Anchor.

Stars of the show have also been spotted around Alnwick.

And the barbican at Alnwick Castle was renamed HMP York for filming and Lady Mary, played by Michelle Dockery was seen shooting a scene numerous times.

State rooms at the Castle reopen at 2pm on Friday.

If you have seen any of the stars and taken pictures then send them to the Gazette at northumberland.gazette@jpress.co.uk or tweet us @alnwickgazette

 

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