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Ashton Court,
Long Ashton,
BS41 9JN

Ambitious scenes of John Watson's military service in Afghanistan during the Second Anglo-Afghan War were shot on the 850 acre estate of Ashton Court, just outside of Bristol. The location has been the site of a manor house since the 11th Century, and for four centuries was owned by the Smyth family, until eventually the family line ran out and the property fell into disrepair. Bristol City Council purchased the land in 1959. The estate is home to one of the oldest trees in the United Kingdom, the 700 year old 'Domesday Oak', which finds itself requiring help these days to bear the load of its ancient branches.

In the canon, Watson was wounded at the Battle of Maiwand in July 1880. The engagement was a victory for the native Afghans against the attacking British and Indian armies, though the Afghan side suffered heavy casualties as a result. It was however merely a stop-gap: by the following year the British Empire had emerged victorious in the war.


Episodes Afghanistan has appeared in

The Abominable Bride (Specials)


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