From Downton Abbey to Burghley House

Calling all Downton fans! ITV1 tonight will feature the first programme of Great Houses with Julian Fellowes and we’ll be watching with quiet pride…

Our Archivist, Alison, helped Julian on his quest to discover the real life story behind the household of Burghley House near Stamford in Lincolnshire.  He came to the Archives Centre in the autumn to investigate the dramatic story of Thomas Brinknell, Lord Burghley’s cook, who was accidentally killed by the Earl of Oxford.  Alison pointed out to him the references to the burial in the beautifully illuminated churchwardens’ accounts of the parish of St Margaret Westminster.

Alison the Archivist and Julian Fellowes

Here is Julian with Alison standing behind the large bound volume.

It’s a fascinating – and heartbreaking – story, and one we’re glad to have been able to help uncover. Great Houses starts tonight (22 January) at 9.00 pm.

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