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The imaginary Downton seen by millions of viewers of Downton's Abbey is actually Bampton, Oxfordshire, where the exterior shots were filmed. Not surprisingly, Bampton is very picturesque, even by Cotswolds standards. Local Bampton and Oxfordshire traditions include the pub game of Aunt Sally, morris dancing, the Bampton Classical Opera, and the Society for the Preservation of Ancient Junketing, which is behind the annual race around the village by nightgowned pairs of runners, one in a trolley pushed by the other, who stop at each of the 14 pubs that were open at the time the game was invented. At those that are still going, they drink a measure of beer before running on.

Some of the now destroyed Bampton Castle was made part of the Grade II house Ham Court.

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