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To the Manor Born - The Thimbleby's went into battle over plans to build a housing estate next to their historic Dorset home.
Owners of Historic Wolfeton House in Dorset have won they're fight to remain far from the madding crowd.
The elderly aristocrats yesterday repulsed a bid to build homes overlooking they're Elizabethan pile on the outskirts of Dorchester in Dorset, after local villagers and Julian Fellowes backed their campaign to keep the developers at bay.
Downton Abbey creator Lord Julian Fellowes was one of about 100 people who objected to the proposal for 120 houses on land just 200 yards from Wolfeton House near Dorchester, Dorset.
The house was owned for 400 years by the Trenchard family, whose name provided the inspiration for the main character in Hardy's classic 1886 novel The Mayor of Casterbridge.