THE magnificent splendour of Castle Howard went up a gear over the weekend in homage to the television series that made the historic house a star in its own right.
More than 30 years after Brideshead Revisited became a TV sensation, a Rolls-Royce used in the Granada adaptation made a welcome return to the North Yorkshire stately home.
The classic car was among a convoy of luxury vehicles which rolled in to the grounds yesterday.
Gleaming sunshine greeted the Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts Club as members descended on the TV home of the fictional Flytes, and real-life residence of the Howard family.
The Brideshead Rolls-Royce – a 1928 Open Tourer – was not the main car used by the family in the TV production but did appear in episodes several times. It was purchased by Edwards & Co Ltd, a Bournemouth dealership, for £1.185.
Little more is known about the car’s history until it was found by the owner’s father Jack Gardham Brown, all in pieces in a Darlington lock-up garage in the early 1970s.
It now belongs to Tony Brown, of Doncaster.