Secrets of Highclere Castle
Sunday, February 24 at 8:00 p.m.
It may be more famous now than any time in its 1,300-year history as the setting of “Downton Abbey,” but England’s Highclere Castle has its own stories to tell.
In its heyday, Highclere was the social epicenter of Edwardian England. See how all the inhabitants of Highclere lived, from the aristocrats who enjoyed a life of luxury to the army of servants toiling “below stairs.” Also find out how the current inhabitants, Lord and Lady Carnarvon, spend their $1 million in annual upkeep funds and what life in a fairytale castle is like today.
"Secrets of Highclere Castle" reveals the intersections of Highclere’s real history with the narrative arc of its fictional doppelganger. For instance, the castle actually served as a World War I military hospital, replete with an aristocratic resident who tended to the wounded. In real life, as in drama, historical events truly changed Highclere and its residents forever.
Photo: Courtesy of Lord and Lady Carnarvon.