Are you a fan of Downton Abbey? I certainly am. The comings and goings at Downton Abbey have kept us enthralled, held us in suspense, taken us on a wonderful roller coaster ride of romance and intrigue for only two seasons now, but what a ride it's been.
The Granthams and the Crawleys, Anna and Mr. Bates, Daisy and William, Mrs. Patmore, O'Brien, Mr. Carson, Mrs Hughes... just typing their names lifts me up and takes me away to their magical world. Matthew passed through the Downton Rail Station with his new fiance, Lavinia, shocking us all, then was seen off by Mary when leaving again for the trenches in France. He accepted Mary's 'lucky charm', at the Downton Rail station while her heart was breaking. We've watched it, been there, fallen in love, been disillusioned, then fallen again... harder.
This wonderful television series is fiction, of course, but the town of Downton in England is not, and neither was the Downton Rail Station, which is why I'm thrilled to offer this wonderful sign. And if you're as big a fan as I am, you'll get the same kind of shiver as I did when I first saw it.
The Downton Rail Station where this sign once hung was a part the Salisbury and Dorset Junction Railway which served the town of Downton from 1866 until its last use in 1964. It has since been razed and is residential property today. My last photo is of the Downton Rail Station in November 1964 after it had been closed the previous May, and is used with the kind permission of the photographer, Dave Bevis (thank you!).
CONDITION is grand. The sign is wood, the letters painted in gold with a rough 'sand paint' background, and the frame is painted wood. Measures approximately 25 3/4" x 38" x 1 7/8" thick.
Those of us who love Downton Abbey have a special place in our hearts for all things Downton. But even of you've never seen a single episode (poor soul), this is a wonderful sign, and a fine piece of railroad history. Enjoy!
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