I have finished a rough draft of a commentary on the timeline and specifically the date represented by the first episode of Downton Abbey. It can be found at Commentary: The Date Represented in the First Episode.
I would appreciate having it proof read, error checked and otherwise opened up for any improvements anyone might offer. I am still struggling a little bit with the title and opening paragraphs as I am trying to both generally relate the historical events to the opening episode and more specifically address the issue of the exact historical date on which the series opens.
Please have at it.