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Wintry scenes in Alnwick as fake snow laid down for Downton Abbey filming

Snow was laid near Alnwick Castle despite the summer sunshine as filming of the popular period drama continues

Steve Miller Fake snow covers Bailliffgate in Alnwick during filming of Downton Abbey
Fake snow covers Bailliffgate in Alnwick during filming of Downton Abbey

Winter came early to Northumberland as Alnwick was transformed to a winter wonderland for the filming of TV hit Downton Abbey.

The streets outside Alnwick Castle have been dusted with fake snow to set the scene for the popular ITV period drama.

The cast and crew have been in the town for a week, filming at the home of the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland and in nearby Hulne Park.

The ‘snow’ was laid on the pavements on Bailiffgate and the outside of one of the Duchess’s High School buildings, which has been transformed into a pub.

A sign saying ‘Crown and Anchor’ was hung above the entrance to the building, which is opposite the castle’s main entrance.

Passers-by lined the street to try and get a glimpse of some of the cast, which includes Hugh Bonneville and Maggie Smith.

Charlotte Taylor, who lives in the town, stopped by on her day off to she if she could catch the actors in action.

The 29-year-old said: “I thought I’d pop down because I’d heard they were putting fake snow down.

“It looks really effective! They’ve put it all over the pavement then they brought an old vintage car along, which they also covered with the fake snow.

Steve Miller Downton Abbey: A 'snow' covering in Bailliffgate, Alnwick
Downton Abbey: A 'snow' covering in Bailliffgate, Alnwick

“I’ve seen a few people dressed in period clothes but I haven’t seen any of the main characters yet. Apparently some of them were out at the music festival over the weekend.”

Meanwhile, locals at the Tanners Arms were in for a surprise when two famous faces popped in for a pint.

Actors Allen Leech and Rob James-Collier, who play Tom Branson and Thomas Barrow, called into the pub on Friday night.

The pair, who arrived with a group of people, were seen chatting to locals and posing for the odd photograph, including with resident Josh Moore.

The castle’s website revealed that filming of the show will run until August 8.

The site says: “Please note that various areas of Alnwick Castle will be closed or have limited access on July 28 – August 8 (inclusive), due to the filming of a major ITV period drama.

“Please check the ‘What’s On’ page for details about which events will be taking place on these days, as some are affected by the filming and may have to be cancelled or rescheduled. Some days may require a visitor capacity limit.

“The grounds are open as usual unless otherwise stated (certain areas of the grounds may need to be closed off at short notice on the day).

“Please note that some of the State Rooms may be dressed for filming while open to the public on those days.

“We apologise for any inconvenience.”


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