County Carlow in Ireland's southeast by the River Barrow
The Blackstairs Mountains and the River Barrow. The yew tree walk at Huntington Castle, and the fresh greenery of Altamont Gardens. The Éigse Carlow Arts Festival, historic towns, and history-filled mills. This is County Carlow.
Thomas, First Footman, thinks he is a fine man and that most of his fellow workers know nothing. An unsavory character, Thomas is always on the lookout to move up or out of Downton. His natural ally in the house is O'Brien. They are both entirely self-interested, but loyalty is probably beyond him.
The Howgill Fells are hills in Northern England between the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales, lying roughly in between the vertices of a triangle made by the towns of Sedbergh, Kirkby Stephen and Tebay. The name Howgill derives from the Old Norse word haugr meaning a hill or barrow, plus gil meaning a narrow valley.