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Downton Abbey bosses save library from closure

6/17/2014

Downton Abbey's producers have donated $32,000 (£20,000) to save a library in the village where the drama series is filmed. Bampton Library in Oxfordshire, England faced closure after its funding was cut in 2011. Officials at Carnival, the production company behind the hit TV show, have now saved the facility to thank local residents for allowing them to shoot there. Crews have been filming in Bampton village since 2010, using local landmarks such as St. Mary's Church and the library as the exterior for Downton Cottage Hospital. Producers wanted to repay residents for supporting the filming by making the donation to the library to cover staffing costs and new furniture. Bampton Parish Council Chairwoman Jacky Allinson, says, "The money has enabled us to keep a professional library open. We could choose to use it for something else but once you lose it, it won't come back. Everyone is very positive about having Downton here but it's not going to go on forever."

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