With the grey clouds of the day before melted away and the sun shining down on Wiltshire, a afternoon outing to Lacock Village/Abbey a place never visited by us , with a wealth of television and movies filmed there time to hit the National Trust card again
Arriving at the car park yet another Land Rover Defender parking rules applied ,with a deep sigh from the passengers Lily and Sarah the picture taken and posted on the Facebook group, i’m sure i heard the word sad,we walked to the village about a 5 min walk, after the usually toilet break having completed such a long journey……not, we set off exploring the village first.With three pubs,The George inn,The Red Lion and Sign of the Angel, so a great choice of watering holes ,most of the surviving houses are 18th century or earlier in construction the medieval tithe barn was built in 14th century with the 18th century lock up built beside it.A variety of shops to explore, no Next or other high street retailers here thank god, Quintessentially English, they make organic handmade soap, natural beauty products, and luxurious toiletries, on walking in you think its a cake shop but these cakes are not for eating, Watling Goldsmiths specialize in making beautiful and unique jewelry, this is just a couple of shops there are more to seek out,including the National Trust Shop.
With the streets of the village pounded it was time to enter the Abbey,this does cost money if you are not a National Trust member, as it was half term the children could take part in a Victorian science quest with seven experiments dotted around the estate,a great idea to keep the kids interested.
Lacock Abbey in the village of Lacock, Wiltshire, England, was founded in the early 13th century by Ela,countess of Salisbury, as a nunnery of the Augustinian order. The Abbey remained a nunnery until the suppression of the Catholic church in the 16th century. It then served as a residence for the nobility, and was fortified and occupied by the Royalists during the English Civil War. During the 19th century, it served as the residence for William Henry Fox Talbot, an important pioneer in photography. It is now the property of the National Trust .It is a hot spot for film makers that include Harry potter and the Chamber of Secrets,and The Half-Blood Prince also The Other Boleyn Girl and other TV period dramas including Wolf Hall,and Pride and Prejudice to name just a few.
The house is a great place to walk around and explore and the grounds are not a let down , I will leave you with some pictures of the grounds, thanks for looking