Just wondering if Fellowes left enough clues to pin down the date of Rose's wedding. Here are some of the clues I have picked up.
- Cora refers to the conviction of Adolf Hitler in episode 5.02 which occurred on April 1, 1924. Thus by episode 2 it is April or later.
- Rose meets Atticus in episode 5.05, or sometime in or after April.
- The "Point to Point" occurs in Episode 5.06. As I understand it, these are run on farms when crops are not in the ground. Thus generally occur sometime between October around through April. Thus, by episode 6, it is still April (maybe early May), or already around to October, unless of course Fellowes is taking liberties with the timeline.
- From his appearance in episode 5.04, Hugh MacClare must have time to go back to India and return with Susan, including a two month delay in the handover to the new Governor.
- The children are very lightly dressed on the day of the departure to London, indicating warm weather. Other scenes however do have people wearing overcoats. A couple of cool days in August or warm days in October could explain either.
- The WWI memorial presentation is at noon on the 25th, and the family will be just getting back from the wedding in time for the presentation.
- The wedding is on a Friday, presumably during normal office hours for the registrar, i.e. before 5:00 PM.
- Tom Branson says he would stay through Christmas, implying that it is not all that far off.
Here is a 1924 calendar. The months in which the 25th is within 3 days after a Friday and after April are May (2 days), August (3 days) and October (1 day). May would seem to be too early, given time needed for the romance of Rose and Atticus, as well as Hugh MacClare's travel itinerary. In August, the presentation would be on a Monday, while in October it would be the next day on Saturday.
Saturday would seem to be a more likely day for the presentation than Monday. If the wedding at the registrars occurs in the afternoon or before, that would leave time to take an afternoon to evening train back to York / Downton, and still be available for the presentation the next day.
I am leaning towards Firday October 24, 1924 as the date of their wedding, with the memorial on Saturday October 25, but it is still not conclusive. Anyone pick up on any other facts that might be more conclusive?