AN ALBUM of photographs revealing life at Highclere Castle more than 120 years ago is set to go under the hammer early next month, with a £500 price tag.
The album reveals life during the ‘real Downton Abbey’ period at the historic castle – where the award-winning ITV series was filmed.
Some 44 photographs of the 80-bedroom house, staff and grounds are revealed between the album covers, with fascinating glimpses into the lives of the fifth Earl of Carnarvon, George Herbert and his wife, the Countess of Carnarvon, Almina Herbert, the real life Lord and Lady Grantham in the television series.
The fifth Earl was best known for the discovery of the Egyptian tomb of Tutankhamen in 1922, along with British archeologist, Howard Carter, the historical story of which is reflected in a current day Egyptian exhibition, which is based in the castle’s extensive cellars.
Black and white photographs show shooting parties at the house during the historic period, including a visit by Prince Edward in 1895 – who was crowned King Edward VII six years later.
According to the auctioneers, the album has created high interest, due to the overseas popularity of the Downton Abbey series and its increasingly scarce contents.
The photo album is to be sold at Lawrence auctioneers of Crewkerne, Somerset, on Friday February 3.