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Tuesday, January 22

Lismore Castle: Setting for Northanger Abbey

Andrew Davies chose ancient and cavernous Lismore Castle for the setting of Northanger Abbey because “Northanger Abbey, the physical place, has to be very important in the film because it’s called Northanger Abbey yet we spend the first half of the film just having lots of references to it. So it can’t be a disappointment. Lismore Castle is a wonderful, splendid, rather scary building. It delivers all the promise of creaking ghosts in the corridors and strange things hidden in the dungeons. All the things you expect with a romantic castle.”

Indeed its atmosphere is wonderfully gothic. The castle, located in Ireland, was once owned by the Duke of Devonshire, who also owned Chatsworth, the setting for Pemberley in Pride and Prejudice, 2005. In another interesting twist, Fred Astaire's sister Adele married the brother of the ninth Duke of Devonshire, Lord Charles Cavendish.

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