I figure those English manor names are just affectations, anyway. This is fiction. Blenheim Palace isn't a palace, Highclere isn't a castle, Downton isn't an abbey. Some of the truly old houses may have been built on the site of something else, which may have been how Downton got its (fictional) name.
Downton Abbey seems to have been made for the British market; this series was broadcast by one of the British networks last year. If it had been made for the US, someone other than PBS would have broadcast it.
I have read a [SPOILER] article that said that Matthew will not come back for the fourth season.
Edited by Pete (01/08/13 09:03 AM)